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Osborne defends Spending Review U-turn (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:35:29 GMT)
Chancellor George Osborne and Labour's John McDonnell tour media outlets while experts crunch the numbers from Wednesday's Spending Review.

Tesco settles US lawsuit over profits (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:20:44 GMT)
Tesco will pay $12m (£8m) to settle legal action by US shareholders which claimed that accounting irregularities inflated the supermarket's share price.

Buy-to-let homes face higher stamp duty (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:20:15 GMT)
Buy-to-let landlords and those buying second homes in England and Wales will soon have to pay a stamp duty surcharge, the chancellor has announced.

Cyber-thieves 'target bargain hunters' (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:16:31 GMT)
Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, say experts.

Tax changes in the pipeline (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:04 GMT)
Our tax affairs will be organised digitally in the future, Chancellor George Osborne says, but it does not mean it is getting any simpler. So what are the changes?

Osborne's £23bn magic trick (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:49:50 GMT)
How has the chancellor pulled off the magical trick of cutting less without inflating the deficit?

What the chancellor's words mean for you (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:52:23 GMT)
The policies announced by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review have a big effect on your finances. Here's how.

New apprenticeships levy to raise £3bn (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:38:38 GMT)
An apprenticeship levy on company payrolls will fund three million places for apprentices, the chancellor says, but business groups call it a "new payroll tax".

Public finances better off by £27bn (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:26:11 GMT)
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts a £27bn improvement in the public finances over the next five years.

HIV pill price cut by half in US (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:24:46 GMT)
The company that sparked an outcry by raising the price of its HIV drug in the US by 5,000% says it will cut its price for some users.

'Give Africa $16bn for climate change' (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:04:47 GMT)
Temperatures across the globe are likely to break records in 2015 with readings running "well above" any previous year, scientists say.

Ukraine bans all Russian planes (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:57:44 GMT)
Ukraine bans all Russian planes from using its airspace as Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom stops delivering gas to its neighbour.

'Tampon tax' to go to women's charities (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:46:08 GMT)
The £15m raised each year from charging VAT on tampons will be used to fund women's health and support charities, the chancellor has announced.

Network Rail sell-off to fund upgrades (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:20:32 GMT)
Network Rail wants to sell £1.8bn of railway arch space, disused depots and shop space in bigger stations to help raise the cash to upgrade UK railways.

Steel industry promised energy help (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:09:51 GMT)
Big energy users such as the steel and chemicals industries will be exempt from environmental tariffs, Chancellor George Osborne says.

Yahoo stops some users accessing emails (Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:18:32 GMT)
Yahoo confirms it is preventing some people from accessing their emails if they are using ad-blocking software in their browser.

Jim Slater: A warning from the 1970s (Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:03:55 GMT)
The life of Jim Slater, the buccaneering 1970s financier and asset stripper who has died aged 86, is a classic tale of boom to bust.

VIDEO: What is Black Friday? (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:04:53 GMT)
The BBC's Emma Simpson looks at the origin of the shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday and its impact on the UK economy.

VIDEO: Selling Michael Jackson's Neverland (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:43:57 GMT)
Michael Jackson's notorious Neverland ranch has been on the market for six months without a buyer - now one entrepreneur is hoping to sell to an Asian buyer.

VIDEO: India's challenge to boost wind power (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:52:43 GMT)
India has promised to generate 40% of its energy from renewables within 15 years - but as the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter - how will it do it?

VIDEO: Leimin Duong, 28, Australia (Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:36:00 GMT)
Leimin Duong talks about when she realised her brewery business was ready to take-off.

VIDEO: Elsa Prieto, 27, France (Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:26:45 GMT)
Elsa Prieto of Pili Pop on the advantages of being a woman entrepreneur.

VIDEO: Hong Kong's slipper business revamped (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:41:59 GMT)
Hand embroidered slippers are one of the few remaining traditional Hong Kong manufacturing trades - and they are getting a revamp.

VIDEO: Could tax credits be new poll tax? (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:29:35 GMT)
Norman Smith asks whether the changes to tax credits could cause lasting damage to the Conservative Party.

VIDEO: Catherine Mahugu, 27, Kenya (Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:34:24 GMT)
The founder of jewellery e-commerce platform Soko talks about the importance of a positive corporate culture

Commonwealth looms in Brexit campaign (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:09:36 GMT)
Should the UK choose between the EU and the Commonwealth?

The firms using Mexican prisoners (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:13:48 GMT)
The businesses offering hope to Mexican prisoners

How Ireland built a cheese movement (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:18:28 GMT)
How Ireland built a cheese movement

Big is beautiful for merging universities (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:49:54 GMT)
Why are so many European universities merging?

Budapest's cafe culture proving good for business (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:26:43 GMT)
The Budapest cafe perking up a former red light district

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Henry Moore sculpture sells for £1.8m (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:11:31 GMT)
Five works by British artists, including Henry Moore and LS Lowry, sell for more than £1m each at auction.

Dieudonne sentenced for anti-Semitism (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:42:41 GMT)
Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala is sentenced to two months in jail by a Belgian court for anti-Semitic comments made in Belgium.

BBC Radio Christmas highlights 2015 (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:32:08 GMT)
Jeremy Irons reading TS Elliot, Mary Berry and the radio premiere of Calendar Girls are among the highlights of BBC Radio this Christmas.

Tim Wonnacott leaves Bargain Hunt (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:51:42 GMT)
Tim Wonnacott steps down from Bargain Hunt two months after reports he had had "a bust-up" with the BBC show's producers.

'Recycling' saved Judas painting (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:29:53 GMT)
A "rare" English medieval panel painting survived the Reformation because it was "recycled" in the 16th Century, say conservators.

Radio X 'may have to change name' (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:13:04 GMT)
Digital radio station Radio X may have to change its name after its trademark application was refused.

Chancellor pledges more arts funding (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:05:33 GMT)
Chancellor George Osborne promises to increase funding to Arts Council England and national museums and galleries in his Spending Review.

Depp and Clooney among biggest flops (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:55:06 GMT)
Films starring Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth and George Clooney are among the list of the biggest film flops of 2015.

Nazi-inspired TV adverts removed in NY (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:41:11 GMT)
Nazi-inspired advertising for the TV show The Man in the High Castle is removed from the subway in New York after complaints.

Mockingjay topples Bond at cinema (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:03:33 GMT)
The latest Hunger Games film topples Jams Bond's Spectre at the UK box office.

Carol leads Independent Spirit nods (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:42:31 GMT)
Cate Blanchett romance Carol tops the nominations for next year's Independent Spirit Awards with six nods.

Lucas and Davies sign up for Doctor Who (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:12:12 GMT)
British comedians Matt Lucas and Greg Davies are cast in the Doctor Who Christmas special, one of the highlights of the BBC's festive schedule.

Beyonce and Arcadia confirm 2016 launch (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:52:07 GMT)
A launch of retail billionaire Sir Philip Green's new clothing company with singer Beyonce is planned for spring next year.

Netflix 'to reboot' Lost in Space (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:47:23 GMT)
Steaming service Netflix is to reboot classic '60s TV show Lost in Space, according to reports.

VIDEO: 'No one can tell you who to love' (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:57:06 GMT)
Hilary Swank, Oscar-winning actor, talks to BBC 100 Women.

VIDEO: Guitar greats caught on camera (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:48:24 GMT)
Scarlet Page's latest exhibition Resonators features portraits of rock guitarists.

VIDEO: Technology takes centre stage at Serpentine (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:13:55 GMT)
Artist Michael Craig-Martin is showing his work as part of the Transience exhibition, while Simon Denny has produced installations, prints and graphics for his exhibition entitled Products for Organising.

VIDEO: Steven Spielberg on spying and politics (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:22:21 GMT)
BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith speaks to director Steven Spielberg about his new Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, the power of TV, and the trickiest actor he has ever worked with.

VIDEO: Huge art gallery opens in Singapore (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:45:00 GMT)
Singapore has opened its state-of-the-art National Gallery, home to the world's largest public collection of modern art from South East Asia.

VIDEO: Matisse exhibition in Tate Liverpool (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:46:09 GMT)
More than 60 years since Henri Matisse created his iconic work The Snail, it is on show in the UK outside London for the first time.

VIDEO: Gingham Dorothy dress sells for $1.5m (Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:24:05 GMT)
One of the dresses worn by Judy Garland when she played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz sells for $1.5 million at an auction in New York.

VIDEO: Actor Patricia Arquette on pay gap (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:09:09 GMT)
US actor Patricia Arquette reveals what happened after she called for pay equality in her Oscar acceptance speech earlier this year.

Mark Rylance: From spy to BFG (Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:52:29 GMT)
Mark Rylance on the biggest film roles of his career

Work ahead on the long road to realistic casting (Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:08:09 GMT)
How accurately are minorities portayed on the big screen?

Depp 'fascinated' by mobster Bulger (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:30:10 GMT)
Johnny Depp becomes mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass

Gemma Chan: Homecoming is 'very full on' (Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:34:51 GMT)
Gemma Chan tackles Pinter in 50th anniversary revival

Evening Standard Awards: In pictures (Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:52:43 GMT)
Stars grace the Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Glastonbury 2016 bill 'is 80% booked' (Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:43:56 GMT)
Glastonbury organiser on 2016 headliners and 'brave' Kanye

Benjamin Clementine: From busker to Mercury winner (Sat, 21 Nov 2015 01:13:26 GMT)
Who is Mercury Music Prize winner Benjamin Clementine?

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