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Merkel: VW scandal won't harm Germany (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:30:53 GMT)
The Volkswagen emissions scandal was a "dramatic event" but would not inflict lasting damage on Germany's reputation, Angela Merkel says.

Virgin Trains starts automatic refunds (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:52:47 GMT)
Virgin becomes the first train company to automatically compensate some passengers if they are delayed, with other operators urged to follow suit

PM stands firm on tax credit cut (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:05:58 GMT)
David Cameron rejects calls to rethink cuts to tax credits for working families, as thousands join a TUC anti-austerity march at the Tory conference in Manchester.

Putting car emissions to the test (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:15:33 GMT)
Are you likely to get the same performance from your car as the lab tests suggest?

O2 deal 'threatens' mobile competition (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:29:41 GMT)
The proposed merger of O2 and Three 'threatens' competition in the UK mobile phone sector, the competition regulator says.

Legal career 'hit by vishing scam' (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:55:47 GMT)
A solicitor has told the BBC that being tricked into transferring £750,000 of client money to criminals has left her life in ruins.

Liquidator bid to keep coke ovens going (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 03:08:31 GMT)
Measures are being taken to keep the coke ovens at Redcar operating over the weekend, after owner SSI UK went into liquidation.

Fifa sponsors say Blatter must go (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:00:31 GMT)
Fifa president Sepp Blatter will not resign despite major sponsors, including Coca-Cola, calling for him to step down.

Amazon bars Apple and Google TV devices (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:12:45 GMT)
Amazon bars the sale of Apple and Google video-streaming devices

Markets recover after US jobs figures (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:17:11 GMT)
The US economy added just 142,000 jobs in September, lowering the chance of an interest rate rise this year.

PPI claim deadline proposed by watchdog (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:23:00 GMT)
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a deadline for claims over mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

Which? wants overhaul of bank accounts (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:44:38 GMT)
Consumer group Which? and Tesco Bank have called for a complete overhaul of UK current accounts.

Google's driverless car is so boring (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:26:23 GMT)
Dave Lee takes a ride in Google's driverless car but is less than impressed with the experience.

5p plastic bags: All you need to know (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:13:41 GMT)
On 5 October supermarkets in England will start charging 5p for using plastic bags. Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know about the price hike.

VIDEO: Will plastic bags go out of fashion? (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:02:29 GMT)
As the government prepares to implement a 5p charge on plastic bags in English supermarkets, BBC News takes a look at the social impact of mass-produced plastic bags, and their origin.

VIDEO: Two cars road tested - how clean are they? (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:49:06 GMT)
A road test done for the BBC on two popular makes of diesel cars - not fitted with the so-called "defeat device" - finds levels of dangerous emissions were higher than the legal EU limits they showed in the lab.

VIDEO: Solicitor lost £734,000 in phone scam (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:03:49 GMT)
A solicitor has been defrauded out of £734,000 pounds of her clients' money in the latest example of a so-called vishing - or voice phishing - attack.

VIDEO: Osborne pledges support for steelworks staff (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:54:38 GMT)
Chancellor George Osborne says ''a huge package of support'' is in place to help staff at Redcar steelworks, after the company owners go into liquidation.

VIDEO: Labour urges Redcar steelworks investment (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:18:47 GMT)
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says the government's promise of an aid package to staff at Redcar steelworks is not enough, after the company owners go into liquidation.

VIDEO: Tanzania's home-grown chocolatier (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:12:37 GMT)
Co-founder of Chocolate Mamas, Jaki Kweka, takes the BBC on a tour of her company.

VIDEO: Building Ghana's bamboo bikes (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:46:49 GMT)
The BBC's Suzanne Vanhooymissen talks to some bamboo bike builders in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi.

VIDEO: The weakening Ugandan shilling (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:52:29 GMT)
Since January 2015, Uganda's local currency has lost around a quarter of its value against the US dollar.

The rising cost of dying (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:20:17 GMT)
Funeral costs outstripping inflation, says new report

The firm that bridged the world (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:56:55 GMT)
The British steelmaker that bridged the world

Loneliness and the risk of scam mail (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:00:07 GMT)
How con-artists trick the vulnerable for their cash

Singapore's students ready to be entrepreneurs (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:58:11 GMT)
Singaporean students aim to become entrepreneurs

The company that charges double (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:23:31 GMT)
Is it still worth paying more for German engineering?

'Pay by smart watch? That'll do nicely' (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:31:48 GMT)
How new digital payments tech is helping small firms

Brazil's farmers wake up to their coffee (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:35:35 GMT)
How Brazilian farmers are doubling the value of their coffee

Your new consumer rights explained (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:36:09 GMT)
How to get a refund under new consumer laws

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Martian blasts to top of film chart (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:30:46 GMT)
Space thriller The Martian, in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, lands at the top of the North American box office chart.

BBC admits doctoring volcano footage (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:24:39 GMT)
A volcano eruption shown on a BBC Two programme actually used footage from two different volcanoes taken four years apart, the corporation admits.

Fans snap up Glastonbury tickets (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:56:57 GMT)
All 118,200 standard tickets for next year's Glastonbury music festival sell out in half an hour.

Lethal Weapon set for TV remake (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:52:02 GMT)
Lethal Weapon is to be the latest film to be remade for the small screen, after the Fox network decided to turn it into a TV show.

Brian Friel's funeral takes place (Sun, 04 Oct 2015 18:34:45 GMT)
The funeral of the Northern Ireland-born playwright Brian Friel takes place in County Donegal.

Deal ends Robin Williams estate battle (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:11:57 GMT)
The wife and adult children of late US comic actor Robin Williams have ended their legal battle and reached a settlement on his estate, lawyers say.

Krays film actor dies ahead of show (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:43:25 GMT)
Actor Alex Giannini, who appeared in the film Legend about twin gangsters the Krays, has died ahead of a theatre performance in Plymouth.

JK Rowling dismisses Potter theories (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:31:51 GMT)
The author, JK Rowling dismisses theories about Harry Potter put for forward by fans.

Sam Smith's Bond hits number one (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:52:23 GMT)
Writing's On The Wall by Sam Smith becomes the first James Bond theme to reach number one in the UK, knocking Justin Bieber off the top spot.

Deal ends National Gallery strike (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:25:51 GMT)
A dispute over the privatisation of services at London's National Gallery has been resolved, the Public and Commercial Services union says.

Film stars pay tribute to Brian Friel (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:38:31 GMT)
Hollywood stars have been paying tribute to Irish playwright Brian Friel who has died aged 86.

DJ Fox faces more sex assault charges (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:42:09 GMT)
DJ Neil Fox appears in court charged with six new historical sex offences - taking the number of his alleged victims to nine.

Uzbek stars 'told to pick cotton' (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:48:06 GMT)
Actors say the Uzbek government has sent them to harvest cotton.

Ikea-themed art exhibition opens (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:18:31 GMT)
An exhibition themed around retail giant Ikea opens as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

VIDEO: Inside Charlie and Lola's headquarters (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:05:00 GMT)
Lauren Child, author of Charlie and Lola, opens the doors to her study and talks about bringing her children's characters to life.

VIDEO: Can artists and artisans improve our world? (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:12:18 GMT)
In his regular vlog, Arts Editor Will Gompertz considers whether artists and artisans can really improve our world.

AUDIO: 'I'll sell kidney to keep Peston at BBC' (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:47:50 GMT)
A string of the BBC's top presenters make a spoof on-air appeal for Robert Peston to stay at the BBC, and reject a reported offer to become ITV's political editor.

VIDEO: Recreating iconic photos in Play-Doh (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:14:56 GMT)
Eleanor Macnair uses Play-Doh to recreate iconic photos. Her work is on display in a London gallery.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman on England v Australia (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:02:38 GMT)
Australian actor Hugh Jackson talks about the upcoming England v Australia rugby World Cup game.

VIDEO: 175 years, 100 costumes, one firm (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:24 GMT)
For the first time, the public will get a chance to see more than 100 bespoke costumes made for stage, screen and TV.

VIDEO: Disney brings Broadway to India (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:58:03 GMT)
Disney is hoping to increase popularity in musical theatre in India by bringing one of its most famous Broadway shows to the country.

VIDEO: Banksy works miss target at US auction (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:02:31 GMT)
Two murals by the graffiti artist Banksy have sold for less than expected at an auction in the United States.

Janet Jackson: The stories behind the songs (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:38:57 GMT)
The stories behind Janet Jackson’s biggest hits

Obituary: Brian Friel (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:32:19 GMT)
A look at the life and works of playwright Brian Friel

Benjamin Britten's 'lost' Malaysian anthem (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:07:53 GMT)
The tune Benjamin Britten wrote in vain for an Asian country

Cult Human League label finds new audience (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:24:46 GMT)
Scottish cult label's Human League boast

Why Warhol painted Barbie (Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:15:16 GMT)
Who was Andy Warhol painting when he painted Barbie?

Showstopper! moves to West End (Wed, 30 Sep 2015 03:26:43 GMT)
How crowdfunding helped an improv musical reach the West End

VIDEO: The making of Buena Vista Social Club (Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:29:04 GMT)
Cuban music goes mainstream

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