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Fed's Janet Yellen says case for rate rise has strengthened (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:58:14 GMT)
The case for raising US interest rates has "strengthened", the head of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen says.

Ben & Jerry's recalls Cookie Dough ice cream batches (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:50:52 GMT)
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's recalls tubs of one of its best-selling products over concern they may contain small pieces of metal.

Sir Richard Branson 'thought he would die' in bike crash (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:45:25 GMT)
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson says he thought he was "going to die" after crashing his bike on the Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda.

Prada seeks younger customers in bid for growth (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:34:46 GMT)
Italian luxury fashion group Prada predicts a return to growth as it seeks to connect with younger customers through online sales and flexible pricing.

Volkswagen to pay US dealers hit by emissions scandal (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:22:55 GMT)
Germany's Volkswagen tells a US court that it plans to compensate car dealers in America hit by the diesel emissions scandal.

Frankie & Benny's owner Restaurant Group to close 33 sites (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:03:24 GMT)
The Restaurant Group, the owner of Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito and Garfunkel's, says it will sell or close 33 underperforming sites.

WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:20:58 GMT)
The UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) is looking into WhatsApp's decision to share more data with parent company Facebook.

US to invest $2.5bn in high-speed rail expansion (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:36:37 GMT)
US vice president Joe Biden announces plans to lend railway operator Amtrak $2.45bn (£1.86bn) to expand services and make upgrades.

Tesco sells Euphorium bakery business (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:23:05 GMT)
Tesco is selling its Euphorium bakery business as chief executive Dave Lewis seeks to turn around the supermarkets fortunes.

Isa savings at new record high, says HMRC (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:21:09 GMT)
Savers put an average of £6,338 into Individual Savings Accounts (Isas) in the last financial year, a rise of 5% on the previous year.

Hinkley Point C nuclear plant not essential - think tank (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:25:58 GMT)
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is "not essential" for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, says a think tank.

UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:34:08 GMT)
Strong growth in spending by consumers helped to drive the UK economy ahead of the Brexit vote, official figures show.

Low wages and bills 'thwart 18-35s' savings ambitions' (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:00:44 GMT)
The under-35s are not a spendthrift generation, but are struggling to save owing to daily financial pressures and low wages, a trade body says.

Three men charged with horsemeat sales fraud (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:24:24 GMT)
Three men have been charged with fraud for allegedly conspiring to sell horsemeat as beef.

What happens when you let a dog in the studio... (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:36:44 GMT)
James Davidson, co-founder of pet food company Tails.com, talks to Business Live - but his dog Monty steals the show.

Building a community restaurant in Botswana (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:21 GMT)
Despite the often frustrating employment situation for young Botswanans, one young entrepreneur is ploughing ahead while remaining thoroughly rooted in his community.

BHS: Inside a 'ghost store' in Edinburgh (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:06:45 GMT)
BBC News takes a look around a former BHS flagship store on Edinburgh's Princes Street, empty now that the chain has ceased trading.

Driverless taxis roam Singapore streets (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:21:06 GMT)
Driverless taxis are being tested on the streets of Singapore for the first time.

Can foreign car makers succeed in India? (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:11:25 GMT)
After a slow few years for India's car market, sales are powering ahead. But how about foreign car companies there?

Should Botswana break its reliance on diamonds? (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:41:33 GMT)
Diamonds have helped Botswana's economy over the past 50 years. But now some people are saying that the stones don't hold the same promise for the future.

Thomas Cook: '1.8m customers still want to go to Turkey' (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:46:09 GMT)
The boss of Thomas Cook tells the BBC it's still safe to go on holiday to Turkey, according to government advice, and says the Brexit vote hasn't affected business.

North Korea promotes local brew at first beer festival (Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:12:23 GMT)
North Korea is holding its first beer festival to promote its domestic brew Taedonggang.

Self-driving taxi trial kicks off in Singapore (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:33:42 GMT)
As the industry races to make driverless cars viable, a small fleet of computer-driven taxis are taking passengers in Singapore.

Bad weather takes toll on French wine production (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:43:09 GMT)
French wine production is likely to be 10% lower this year than in 2015 because of a spring frost and a heatwave now.

Pawn addiction (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:03 GMT)
As designer handbags receive record prices at auction, women are increasingly taking them to pawn shops to borrow money against them.

Life after BHS (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:09:50 GMT)
As the last BHS stores close this weekend, bringing to an end nearly 90 years of retail history, Emma Simpson looks at what the closures will mean for our High Streets.

Pushed out (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:12:02 GMT)
As the number of people living in cities rise, lower income residents are being pushed farther out to areas with fewer resources.

Love to chat (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:23:25 GMT)
As chat apps achieve colossal valuations and more keep coming onto the market, are we reaching chat saturation point?

Money problems (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:28:28 GMT)
Twenty years ago, the US overhauled its cash welfare system - the portion of US assistance that is offered to poor families as a direct payment. But how does this system compare to other high-income countries?

Coffee for votes (Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:16:00 GMT)
A look at the growing number of businesses who are trying to make a positive difference to society by speaking out on societal or political issues, and their reasons for doing so.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Paul McCartney demo given to Cilla Black goes up for auction (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:57:50 GMT)
A long-lost demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney that was given to Cilla Black is estimated to fetch £15,000 at auction later.

X Factor: Nicole Scherzinger 'hardest working' judge (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:18:28 GMT)
X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary says the newly-returned Nicole Scherzinger is the judge most likely to shine on this year's overhauled panel, because she "works the hardest".

Frank Ocean beats Dolly Parton and David Brent to UK number one (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:32 GMT)
Frank Ocean's long-awaited new album goes to the top of the UK album chart, beating Dolly Parton and Ricky Gervais's comedy alter-ego David Brent.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp row over divorce donations (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:13:09 GMT)
Amber Heard demands that Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.

Strictly Come Dancing: What would you ask the stars? (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:54:45 GMT)
The BBC News arts and entertainment team is speaking to the contestants of Strictly Come Dancing before the new series starts - what would you like to ask the stars?

Matt Damon climbs up Forbes' Hollywood rich list (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:36:07 GMT)
Matt Damon becomes the third highest-paid actor in Hollywood, behind Dwayne Johnson and Jackie Chan, according to Forbes' annual rich list.

Tommy Cooper's 'gag file' to be preserved by Victoria & Albert museum (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:15:54 GMT)
Tommy Cooper's "gag file", in which the late comedian meticulously recorded his jokes, is to be preserved by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Dawn French and Harry Hill signed up for new ITV shows (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:36:34 GMT)
Dawn French is to host a British version of hit US children's talent show Little Big Shots on ITV, while Harry Hill will present a new panel show.

Edinburgh TV Festival: Channel 4 named channel of the year (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:09:08 GMT)
Channel 4 is named channel of the year at the Edinburgh International Television festival.

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:30 GMT)
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.

Man Booker winner The Luminaries adapted for TV (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:28 GMT)
Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries, a Victorian mystery tale set during the New Zealand gold rush, is to be made into BBC Two drama series.

Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:11:40 GMT)
Netflix US takes a light-hearted swipe at North Korea's recent venture into the video-streaming industry, in its Twitter biography.

Jeremy Corbyn pledges extra arts cash for schools (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:04:29 GMT)
All primary schools in England would get extra resources to fund arts programmes under plans unveiled by Jeremy Corbyn at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In pictures: Reading Festival welcomes first arrivals (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:19:46 GMT)
Reading festival-goers escape bad weather on first day of event.

Great British Bake Off: More than 10 million tune in to first episode (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:59:26 GMT)
The Great British Bake Off attracts an average 10.4 million viewers as it returned for a seventh series - a record opener for the BBC One show and beating the most-watched moments of the Rio Olympics.

Nigel Farage to be played by comic Kevin Bishop in one-off comedy (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:26:36 GMT)
Comedian Kevin Bishop is to play Nigel Farage in a one-off comedy and describes the outgoing UKIP leader as a "gift to parody".

Thousands expected at extended Electric Fields festival (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:43:34 GMT)
Thousands of music fans are expected to attend the extended two-day Electric Fields festival at Drumlanrig Castle.

Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86 (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:59:48 GMT)
French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, her family says.

The Grand Tour: First clips show Jeremy Clarkson's comeback (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:49:30 GMT)
The old Top Gear team's new car programme will show James May driving with a broken arm and Jeremy Clarkson on the Game of Thrones set.

Prince's Paisley Park home to open to the public (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:25:44 GMT)
The private estate and studio complex that belonged to Prince is to open to the public, six months after his death.

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams appeal against Blurred Lines copyright ruling (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:09:50 GMT)
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are appealing against a court ruling which found that Blurred Lines was a copy of a Marvin Gaye track.

Vice head: Prepare for media bloodbath (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:33:13 GMT)
This year will be a "bloodbath" in the world of media, according to the head of one of the fastest growing digital media businesses, Vice.

Adrian Tchaikovsky wins Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:35:09 GMT)
Author Adrian Tchaikovsky wins the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction for his epic space opera Children of Time.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist announced (Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:59:10 GMT)
The nominees for this year's lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards are revealed.

The band Chvrches give their take on festival etiquette (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:08:05 GMT)
BBC News goes backstage at the Reading Festival to meet the band Chvrches.

The TV theme tune factory (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:21:48 GMT)
Some of the most well-known pieces of 20th century music were composed as stock music.

Skwod star Nadia Rose talks Spice Girls and coping with fame (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:00:47 GMT)
Skwod star Nadia Rose is taking the music world by storm. She has opened shows for Busta Rhymes and is gathering large crowds at major music festivals.

Should Mills and Boon be taken seriously as feminist texts? (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:21:59 GMT)
Val Derbyshire argues that some Mills and Boon books are feminist texts and Radio 4 newsreader Kathy Clugston reads some extracts.

Pam Ayres reads poetic Team GB tribute (Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:23:18 GMT)
The poet and broadcaster Pam Ayres has written a specially-commissioned piece to mark the return of Team GB from the Rio Olympics.

The Tragically Hip play farewell gig (Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:44:49 GMT)
Canadian band The Tragically Hip have played an emotional farewell gig, after lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

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