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Greece made 'unrealistic promises' (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:00:40 GMT)
The Greek government made "completely unrealistic promises" to voters that it cannot now fulfil, the former European Commission president tells the BBC.

McDonald's to raise pay for US staff (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:09:42 GMT)
The fast-food giant McDonald's says it will raise the pay of more than 90,000 US employees to at least $1 above the legal minimum wage.

Leaders prepare for election debate (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:02:49 GMT)
The leaders of seven political parties gear up for a live, two-hour televised general election debate later.

Kraft accused of wheat price fixing (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:54:43 GMT)
US food giant Kraft is being accused by US watchdog the Commodities and Futures Commission of manipulating the price of wheat.

Asia shares higher ahead of holiday (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:38:13 GMT)
Asian shares headed higher on Thursday but investors were cautious ahead of a Good Friday public holiday tomorrow in some major markets.

Flight levy changes come into force (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:01:06 GMT)
A number of tax changes come in on 1 April, one of which will mean cheaper flights for many travelling on long-haul flights.

Weak UK productivity 'unprecedented' (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:00:14 GMT)
The productivity of the UK workforce remains slightly lower than in 2007, marking an "unprecedented absence" of growth in the post-war era, official figures show.

Miliband targets zero-hours contracts (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:37:30 GMT)
Labour will end the "epidemic" of zero-hours contracts that are "undermining family life", Ed Miliband insists.

Euro weakness helps manufacturers (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:38:08 GMT)
Manufacturing and jobs are picking up in the eurozone thanks to the weaker euro, according to a closely-watched survey.

Wives fill Indian boardroom quotas (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:48:49 GMT)
Some of India's richest businessmen have appointed their wives as company directors to comply with a new law.

'Temporary' bank cash to be protected (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:55:17 GMT)
People who have large amounts of money in their bank accounts "temporarily" will be soon protected in the event of their bank going bust, the Bank of England says.

EU milk quota system is abolished (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:28:15 GMT)
EU milk quotas are scrapped, bringing an end to more than 30 years of efforts to prevent overproduction.

Amazon launches home ordering kit (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:38:46 GMT)
In an attempt to attract more household shoppers, Amazon unveils a button for replenish items such as washing powder and razors.

Jay Z promotes music streaming brand (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:49:18 GMT)
Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they claim will change musical history.

VIDEO: India sports stars crowdfunding plan (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:37:09 GMT)
India's cricket stars can earn millions of dollars, but now other sports players are finding new ways to up their income.

VIDEO: Takeda's foreign boss sets to work (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:50:18 GMT)
Asia's pharmaceutical giant Takeda has its first foreign boss in its 200-year history. Christophe Weber tells the BBC about his priorities.

VIDEO: 'Bad politics' could hold Greece back (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:00:38 GMT)
There is nothing holding Greece back except "sometimes bad politics", says Jose Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission.

VIDEO: How is inflation affecting you? (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:15:32 GMT)
Steph McGovern speaks to business owners and families in Ottery St Mary about how they feel about the effects of inflation.

VIDEO: Japan's confidence hit by tax hike (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:43:40 GMT)
Business confidence in Japan flounders as last year's sales tax hike continues to hit sentiment.

VIDEO: Soros: 'Europe is ignoring' Ukraine (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:13:35 GMT)
Europe has its priorities wrong and should be focusing on what is going on in Ukraine, says billionaire investor George Soros.

VIDEO: A history of capitalism and Marx (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:08:54 GMT)
Comedian and writer Colm O'Regan casts his comic lens upon the complexities of capitalism.

VIDEO: UK economy grows by 2.8% (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:51:19 GMT)
Official figures show that the UK economy grew by 2.8% in 2014, the highest rate of growth since 2006.

Shoppers see little point in loyalty (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:00:08 GMT)
Have supermarket price wars killed the loyalty card?

The pension changes in 10 questions (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:00:03 GMT)
The top 10 questions you need to ask about pension changes

Is teff the next 'super grain'? (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:02:40 GMT)
Will Ethiopia's teff be the next must eat 'super grain'?

Can you sell luxury without a brand? (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:06:31 GMT)
The luxury goods that speak for themselves

Fiancee and cat tracked by home cam (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:09:30 GMT)
The girlfriend and cat watched by home cam

Can you win at anything if you practise hard enough? (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:02:56 GMT)
Can you win at anything with enough practice?

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Joni Mitchell in 'intensive care' (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:14:37 GMT)
Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell is in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious at her home.

Gaza man 'tricked' into Banksy sale (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:56:11 GMT)
A Palestinian man says he was tricked into selling a work by the graffiti artist, Banksy, that is estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Beatle's wife Cynthia Lennon dies (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:59:21 GMT)
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, dies at her home in Spain following a "short but brave" battle with cancer.

Wahlberg to make Boston bombing film (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:55:49 GMT)
Mark Wahlberg is to co-produce and potentially star in a film about the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon and the city-wide manhunt that followed.

China cracks down on explicit anime (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:16:39 GMT)
China says it will create a "blacklist" of banned Japanese anime cartoons, and plans to punish firms that hosted violent and sexual clips online.

Daily Show star defends Trevor Noah (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:37:14 GMT)
One of the stars of The Daily Show speaks out in defence of Trevor Noah, its newly appointed host, amid controversy over old remarks he posted on Twitter.

Collection of Vettriano works sold (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:16:04 GMT)
A private collection of 12 works by the Scottish artist Jack Vettriano raises a total of £837,900 at an auction in Edinburgh.

'LGBT community has long way to go' (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:25:12 GMT)
Conchita Wurst says the moment people stop talking about sexual orientation will be when there is equality in the LGBT community.

Zayn Malik solo song taken down (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:47:28 GMT)
A solo track from Zayn Malik minus the rest of One Direction is taken down less than a day after it was posted online.

Clarkson live tour set to go ahead (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:09:02 GMT)
Jeremy Clarkson is to appear on planned live dates with his former Top Gear co-stars Richard Hammond and James May, BBC Worldwide announces.

Dutch royals to return Nazi art (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:39:49 GMT)
The Dutch royal family says it will return a painting believed to have been confiscated from Jewish owners during World War Two.

TV channel 'sorry' over on-air curse (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:18:49 GMT)
A local TV channel apologises after a presenter uses a sexually explicit swearword to describe a colleague.

Sarah Harding joins Coronation Street (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:34:56 GMT)
Former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding is to appear in four episodes of Coronation Street later this year.

Richard III opera to open in London (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:48:49 GMT)
A Swedish rock opera about King Richard III will get its world premiere in London this October.

VIDEO: Singer Joni Mitchell in LA hospital (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:16:29 GMT)
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is undergoing tests in hospital after being found unconscious at home, but said to be awake and in good spirits.

VIDEO: Mirren plays Woman in Gold (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:28:32 GMT)
One of the world's most famous paintings, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, is at the heart of the new film Woman in Gold starring Dame Helen Mirren.

VIDEO: Palestinian 'tricked' over Banksy art (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:15:33 GMT)
A Palestinian man says he was 'tricked' into selling a mural by the artist, Banksy, that is estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

VIDEO: Chic's Rodgers on death and cancer (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:23:53 GMT)
Musician Nile Rodgers on the loss of his best friend Bernard Edwards and his own recovery from cancer

VIDEO: Cumberbatch reads 'moon disaster' letter (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:28:28 GMT)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from 1969 by presidential speechwriter William Safire, on Newsnight.

VIDEO: Bandleader Last bows out (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:06:25 GMT)
Bandleader and composer James last talks to David Sillito as he performs his last shows in Britain before his retirement

VIDEO: Clive James 'thankful for life' (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:19:17 GMT)
Five years after being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia, Australian broadcaster and poet Clive James says he is near to death but thankful for life.

VIDEO: Virginia Woolf's final letter (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:46:20 GMT)
Virginia Woolf's final letter final letter was found by her husband Leonard on the day she disappeared.

Joni Mitchell: Seven essential songs (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:01:50 GMT)
The tracks that define Joni Mitchell's career

'On the catwalk in my wheelchair' (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:48:28 GMT)
Meet the model who's taking to the catwalk in her wheelchair

British Museum: In search of beauty (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:41:13 GMT)
How the Greek nude shaped the future

Fans rally after Trevor Noah backlash (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:37:04 GMT)
Trevor Noah fans rally after backlash

America's most generous con artist (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:53:47 GMT)
The art forger who fooled museums for 30 years

How Newcastle's arts venues survived cuts (Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:34:44 GMT)
How one city's arts venues found new ways to survive

The couple who built a theatre empire (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:03:06 GMT)
How a husband and wife built the UK's largest theatre group

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