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RBS and NatWest to shed 158 branches and more than 400 jobs (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:03:12 GMT)
Rising popularity of online banking prompts the decision to ditch 17% of RBS and 13% of NatWest branches.

State pension age could be raised to 70, says report (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:05:44 GMT)
Twenty year-olds may have to work till the age of 70, with millions more having to work till 68

Next sees first annual profit fall in eight years (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:36:07 GMT)
The retailer warns of "another tough year ahead" as shoppers shift spending away from clothing.

Higher fuel prices take toll on retail sales (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:11:32 GMT)
Sales rose more than expected last month, but the underlying trend suggests fuel costs are starting to bite.

Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulators say (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:49:47 GMT)
The warning from former regulators comes amid speculation ministers may cap prices on standard tariffs.

Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:53:48 GMT)
Kenya is the first country to sell government bonds exclusively to citizens via their phones.

Apple 'paid no tax' in New Zealand for at least a decade (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:09:46 GMT)
Apple is under scrutiny following reports it has paid no tax in New Zealand since 2007.

Brexit: Single market benefit 'largely imaginary' (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:29:47 GMT)
Author of a report argues that no trade deal is better than a bad deal with the EU.

FTSE 100 flat despite boost from Next (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:40:02 GMT)
Shares in Next rise despite the company reporting its first fall in profits for eight years.

Libor expert witness texted for help (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:37:35 GMT)
A prosecution witness called by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) admits texting friends for help explaining trader terminology.

Brantano: collapse of shoe retailer puts 1,000 jobs at risk (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:26 GMT)
Value shoe retailer Brantano falls into administration in a 'difficult' market and the weak pound.

Bosses' incomes are 386 times higher than Living Wage (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:14:08 GMT)
FTSE 100 chiefs earn nearly 400 times more than someone on the National Living Wage.

Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket? (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:25:24 GMT)
The average price of an item at Nifties in Dover is 60p.

'I am very confident we can find a good trade deal' (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:34:34 GMT)
Cecile Reinaud runs Seraphine, a London-based maternity wear company. She is on an export drive and is hopeful about the post-Brexit trade deals to be struck.

Handbag designer: 'I am moving manufacturing to Italy' (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:02:50 GMT)
Handbag designer Claudia Fürst is moving her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound.

Texas cattle rancher fears for future (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:55:40 GMT)
Rancher Coleman Locke is concerned farmers like him could lose out if the US renegotiates Nafta.

No major currency problem for Scotland, says Mervyn King (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:16:47 GMT)
"Scotland certainly could be an independent country", says former governor of the Bank of England.

Google boss says sorry for extremist content (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:50:02 GMT)
Google's European boss apologises for brands appearing next to extremist content that they didn't feel comfortable with.

Business jargon in job adverts putting off young people (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:58:30 GMT)
Business jargon is putting off young applicants- Radio 4's PM tries to decipher some of it.

Meet Mumbai's Flipper and his six penguin friends (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:14:58 GMT)
Seven Humboldt penguins have gone on display at Mumbai's main zoo but the move has been controversial.

Bank cheques to be cleared within a day (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:53 GMT)
From October 2017, cheques will start to clear much faster than the current six days' waiting time.

Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m' (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:39:49 GMT)
A social media firm was among two companies targeted in an email phishing scam, officials say.

What Next for shops? (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:21:33 GMT)
Next - like its rivals - is battling many problems - unlike them it has spelt them out in full.

‘Vegetable ivory’ (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:41 GMT)
A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

Urban spies (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:29:02 GMT)
How much data do you give away during your average day in the city?

How many countries? (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:18 GMT)
We track a single item of clothing to see just where it goes before it ends up in the shop.

Bear trap (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:37 GMT)
Everyone has to tackle their fears. Adventurer Bear Grylls explains how he tackles his own self-doubt.

Trouble on the ranch (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:57 GMT)
America's rural heavily supported Donald Trump in the election, but now some are starting to worry his trade plans could hurt their business.

Advertising control (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:07:48 GMT)
The technology behemoth Google may be in the spotlight with concerns over adverts ending up on extremist websites, but the wider UK advertising industry itself is facing numerous other challenges.

Fake data threat (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:11:20 GMT)
Not all cyber-attacks are about theft, some seek to undermine the trust placed in data and documents.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Ryan Gosling explains Oscars giggling (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:57:47 GMT)
The La La Land star was relieved the commotion over the best film mix-up was not "some kind of medical situation".

Love Actually sequel trailer debuts for Red Nose Day (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:45:19 GMT)
A trailer for the Love Actually sequel, with Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln holding flash cards, debuts.

Eurovision: Russia's entry Julia Samoilova 'could perform via satellite' (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:12:35 GMT)
Julia Samoilova has been offered the chance to perform via satellite at the song contest.

James Corden defends US TV host Jimmy Fallon over President Trump interview (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:25:15 GMT)
James Corden says Jimmy Fallon had faced "really unfair" criticism over last year's Donald Trump interview.

Brie Larson to star as first female White House candidate Victoria Woodhull (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:55:02 GMT)
Brie Larson will also produce Victoria Woodhull, about a suffragette who ran for president in 1872.

Sir Paul McCartney on Lennon, Kanye and his own musical legacy (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:35:42 GMT)
Sir Paul McCartney talks collaborations, Chuck Berry, his new album and his own musical legacy.

Britain's war protest images go on show (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:23:43 GMT)
An exhibition marking the Imperial War Museum's centenary looks at how the British have protested against war.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge scoops two RTS Awards (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:47:09 GMT)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge won best comedy writer and breakthrough performance for her show.

Sir Ian McKellen to relive glittering career on stage (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:22:17 GMT)
The Lord of the Rings actor is presenting a one-man show in July to help out a north London theatre.

Eurovision 2017: Ukraine bars Russian singer Samoilova from contest (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:25:05 GMT)
The European Broadcasting Union, which founded Eurovision, says it is "deeply disappointed".

American in Paris grateful for La La Land boost (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:42:55 GMT)
The brains behind An American in Paris are glad the film has revived interest in Hollywood musicals.

Piers Morgan to be silenced on Twitter (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:56:31 GMT)
The presenter promises not to tweet for one whole day - to raise money for Comic Relief.

Liverpool to reimagine The Beatles' Sgt Pepper in eclectic arts festival (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:06:47 GMT)
An eclectic array of performers will reinterpret Beatles songs for Sgt Pepper's 50th anniversary.

'The paintings were behind a wall' (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:31:39 GMT)
Two Van Gogh paintings stolen by the mafia will go on show in Amsterdam this week.

'Dexter dressed scruffily, like a schoolteacher’ (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:11:52 GMT)
Lawrence Fox remembers Colin Dexter who has died aged 86.

Peppa Pig star Harley Bird on 10 years oinking (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:13:03 GMT)
The face behind the world's most successful four-year-old porker.

Sir Elton's surprise call to video teen (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:07:48 GMT)
Disabled teenager Lewis Hine re-lives the moment Sir Elton John phoned him.

Kronos Quartet: Making free music for the future (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:34:23 GMT)
Kronos Quartet's 50 for the Future creates works to serve as free resources for young musicians.

The designer uniting Henry Moore and Christian Dior (Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:32:01 GMT)
One of Britain's leading designers unites iconic items from fashion and art.

US TV host Tomi Lahren 'suspended over pro-choice comments' (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:19:49 GMT)
Tomi Lahren told the government to "stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well".

No Scrubs writers given credit on Ed Sheeran's Shape of You (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:29:06 GMT)
Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle and producer Kevin Briggs now appear on American copyright website ASCAP's listing of the song.

TV listings: The battle over your programme guide (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:31:48 GMT)
Major broadcasters warn they must stay at the top of the TV listings as a new law is discussed.

Saving Syria's heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:12:58 GMT)
Archaeologists begin work on an innovative solution which enables them to trace precious artefacts.

Chuck Berry: Seven of his best songs (Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:36:37 GMT)
BBC Music reporter Mark Savage looks at the late rock 'n' roll legend's most influential songs.

The sequels that should never have been made (Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:25:11 GMT)
From Jaws to Sex and the City, the films which really didn't need a second instalment.

Are big budget TV dramas killing film? (Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:03:36 GMT)
One of the UK's top film producers says cinema is being "squeezed" by big-budget TV dramas like The Crown.

Obituary: Chuck Berry (Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:18:12 GMT)
Musician whose guitar licks helped lay the foundations of rock music.

Can Big Bang Theory learn from past TV spin-offs? (Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:56:02 GMT)
The Big Bang Theory's new spin-off sees it join a long list of TV shows that branched out.

Alison Krauss reacts to Beyonce's Grammy 'threat' (Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:41:38 GMT)
Why bluegrass star Alison Krauss doesn't care if Beyonce beats her Grammy record of 27 wins.

Five ways the singles chart can be fixed (Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:55:40 GMT)
With Ed Sheeran set to dominate the Top 40 for a second week, are the charts in need of an overhaul?

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