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May had objections to Hinkley Point, says Cable (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:58:32 GMT)
Theresa May had "objections" to a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point during the days of the coalition, says the then Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable.

Weekend tax credit and tax payment deadlines alert (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:00:12 GMT)
Thousands of people face a deadline of the end of Sunday to renew tax credits and pay tax owed, or face losing payments or being hit with penalties.

RBS performs poorly in stress tests (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:18:06 GMT)
Tests to see how the biggest European banks would cope with a major economic crisis find that RBS Group would perform comparatively poorly.

US GDP growth misses forecasts despite spending surge (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:02:51 GMT)
The US economy grew at an annual pace of 1.2% in the second quarter, far below expectations of 2.6%, but consumer spending rose at its fastest pace since 2014

SABMiller recommends revised AB InBev takeover offer (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:30:25 GMT)
Brewing giant SABMiller recommends that shareholders should accept the revised takeover offer from rival AB InBev.

Foxtons estate agency profits tumble amid Brexit vote (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:52:20 GMT)
High-profile London estate agency Foxtons has announced a 42% fall in profits, blaming uncertainty around the EU referendum for the fall.

Eurozone GDP growth halves as French economy stalls (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:41:21 GMT)
Eurozone GDP growth slowed to 0.3% in the second quarter of the year as the bloc's second-largest economy, France, stagnated.

Barclays adds £400m to PPI payments as profits fall (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:25:13 GMT)
Barclays sets aside an additional £400m to compensate customers mis-sold PPI as profits during the first half of the year fall 21%.

Anglo Irish Bank: Former executives jailed over fraud (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:08:24 GMT)
Three former bank executives in the Republic of Ireland are jailed for their part in a 7.2bn euro (£6bn) conspiracy.

Amazon boss Bezos becomes world's third richest (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:08:40 GMT)
Strong earnings from Amazon and a boost to the company's stock make its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world's third richest person, according to Forbes.

BA owner IAG's profits hit by weak pound (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:17:38 GMT)
Airline group IAG, the owner of British Airways and Iberia, says currency movements cost it €148m in the latest quarter of trading, mainly due to the weak pound.

Google parent Alphabet sees strong profits rise (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:34:23 GMT)
Quarterly revenue at Google's parent company Alphabet rises 21.3% after strong mobile advertising sales.

FTSE 100 rebounds to close day ahead (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:11 GMT)
After spending much of the day behind, the London market scrapes into positive territory to close just three points ahead.

Yen jumps against dollar as Japan keeps rates on hold (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:12:15 GMT)
The Japanese yen jumped more than 2% against the US dollar after the Bank of Japan keeps rates on hold.

Brexit knocks manufacturers' confidence - report (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:04:14 GMT)
Confidence among manufacturers has slumped since the UK's vote to leave the European Union, a report indicates.

Driving a Crossrail train (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:07:48 GMT)
The BBC's Transport correspondent Richard Westcott gets to drive one of London's new Crossrail trains.

‘The case hasn’t changed’ for Hinkley (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:25:03 GMT)
Malcolm Grimston gives his analysis of the long term case for Hinkley Point

Hinkley Point: Why do we need a new nuclear power plant? (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:40 GMT)
The BBC's Simon Jack explains why we need a new nuclear power station.

Living with Sierra Leone mine closures (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:14:10 GMT)
After two of the country's largest mines were forced to close, the people of Sierra Leone have struggled to survive.

#boycottbyron divides social media (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:57:18 GMT)
Dozens of workers at burger chain Byron have been arrested in raids by immigration officials, dividing social media users.

Kenya's flourishing camel milk industry (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:22:28 GMT)
Despite the country's drought, some Kenyans are turning camel milk into a viable commercial business.

Indonesia human rights lawyer speaks up (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:24:16 GMT)
Indonesian Todung Mulya Lubis explains how he became a human rights lawyer.

How to build a train - in 30 secs (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:19:09 GMT)
Timelapse footage shows how the new trains for London's Crossrail project are built by Bombardier.

Pokemon Go: Player claims to have caught all UK characters (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:10:12 GMT)
A Pokemon Go player claims to have become the first to catch all the characters available in the UK.

Pets left hungry as smart feeder breaks (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:25:33 GMT)
Owners of smart pet-feeding device Petnet are told to "feed their pets manually" after a server problem stopped the device from working.

Under scrutiny (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:01:27 GMT)
The media more often focuses on what women wear and their family status, but does that hurt the public's perception of their leadership?

Hinkley Point (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:35:40 GMT)
Has the amount that bill payers would have to pay for the new Hinkley Point C risen sharply?

Stressed out (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:38:24 GMT)
The results of European bank "stress tests" have been announced, with the aim of establishing how well the banks could cope with a new financial shock.

On track to win (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:08:35 GMT)
Technology has moved on fast since the 2012 London Olympics, particularly in data analytics. But is it giving some countries an unfair advantage?

Bunk bed businesses (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:01:24 GMT)
A look at a new hostel in India, which claims to be the first in the country aimed specifically at people trying to set up their own businesses.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

JK Rowling praises Harry Potter fans for not sharing Cursed Child spoilers (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:05:48 GMT)
JK Rowling praises fans for keeping the secrets of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as the stage show opens in London after weeks of previews.

David Bowie honoured at BBC Proms (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:11:27 GMT)
The life and music of David Bowie are honoured at an eclectic, late-night edition of the BBC Proms.

Entertainment week in pictures (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:41:52 GMT)
A look at some of the events over the past week, including Michael Keaton receiving a Hollywood star and the stars of Doctor Who taking a selfie.

Justin Bieber pours 'Cold Water' on Drake's chart run (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:01 GMT)
Pop star Justin Bieber ends Drake's 15-week run at number one, with his single Cold Water.

Ken Barrie: Postman Pat voice actor dies (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:15:59 GMT)
Ken Barrie, the voice of children's TV favourite Postman Pat, dies at the age of 83.

Prince death: Judge snubs claims by 29 would-be heirs (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:15:18 GMT)
A judge in the US state of Minnesota dismisses claims by 29 people who said they were Prince's heirs, including five people who said they were his child.

Honeysuckle Weeks: Missing actress found 'safe' (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:20:38 GMT)
Missing Foyle's War actress Honeysuckle Weeks, 36, is found "safe and well", following a search by Sussex Police

How real-life events can delay films (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:29:13 GMT)
An attack on the public in France saw a film pulled from cinemas, a situation that TV networks and movie studios have often had to deal with in order to not appear insensitive or distasteful.

Vivean Gray, Mrs Mangel in Neighbours, dies aged 92 (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:19:14 GMT)
Actress Vivean Gray, best known for playing the gossipy Mrs Mangel in Australian soap opera Neighbours, dies aged 92.

Celebrity Big Brother audience down half a million viewers (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:21:14 GMT)
The launch of the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother is watched by an average 2.3 million viewers, half a million fewer than on the previous series' debut.

Meryl Streep 'set for Mary Poppins role' (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:58:52 GMT)
Meryl Streep is in talks to reunite with her Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt on Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, according to reports.

Stars prepare for 'celebratory' David Bowie Prom (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:50:11 GMT)
A behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals for the David Bowie Prom, which takes place on Friday night.

Great Exhibition of the North shortlist announced (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:26:27 GMT)
Four towns and cities are named on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport shortlist to host the Great Exhibition of the North.

Queen's Coronation announcer Sylvia Peters dies (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:29:35 GMT)
Sylvia Peters, who introduced the first televised coronation and helped the Queen prepare for her first Christmas broadcast, dies at the age of 90.

Elizabeth I Armada portrait saved with help of 8,000 donors (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:05:57 GMT)
A portrait of Elizabeth I becomes public property for the first time, thanks to the success of an appeal to raise £10.3m to purchase it.

Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic sorry for 'ignorant' jokes (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:35:32 GMT)
The presenter of an Australian breakfast show apologises to the LGBT community for making a series of jokes about cross dressers.

US social media star Hayes Grier hurt in car crash (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:15:58 GMT)
Teenage social media celebrity Hayes Grier is recovering in hospital after a car crash, a spokeswoman for the US star says.

JK Rowling: I did say 'never say never' for Harry Potter (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:26:20 GMT)
As the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play premieres in London, the BBC grabbed a quick word with author JK Rowling.

Highlights of David Bowie Proms tribute (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:19:23 GMT)
With Neil Hannon, Amanda Palmer, John Cale, Marc Almond, Paul Buchanan, Anna Calvi and the musicians' collective s t a r g a z e conducted by André de Ridder.

William Eggleston exhibition at National Portrait Gallery (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:30:01 GMT)
A retrospective of work by William Eggleston, often referred to as the father of colour photography, is being held in London.

David Bowie Prom in London 'gives his music a twist' (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:40:15 GMT)
Musicians will take to the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall on Friday to honour the life and work of David Bowie, who died six months ago from cancer.

Mrs Mangel co-star: 'She got hate for Neighbours role' (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:18:51 GMT)
Mark Little pays tribute to Vivean Gray, who played his mother Mrs Mangel in Neighbours.

The artist who sketches victims of war (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:17:46 GMT)
Artist George Butler documents the lives of those displaced by conflict across the world.

JB Priestley horror tale Benighted adapted for stage (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:54:00 GMT)
The first stage adaptation of JB Priestley's psychological horror novel, Benighted, is to open in London at the end of the year.

The Great Wall: Is Matt Damon 'whitewashing' or good business? (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:01:02 GMT)
Social media is both excited and confused by Matt Damon's starring role in the upcoming US-Chinese joint production - a monster adventure epic called The Great Wall.

Rio's cultural secret (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:52:50 GMT)
Rio's Olympic organisers have promised a Cultural Olympiad like that staged in London four years ago - but details are hard to come by, as Kirsty Lang discovers.

One long dance (Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:31:00 GMT)
Drake is on the verge of equalling the record for the longest ever UK number one single.

Sound of summer (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:20:25 GMT)
Kent Jones' hit single Don't Mind features lyrics in six languages. He tells the BBC how the song came about.

'United species' (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:39:56 GMT)
Disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber spends eight hours painting percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie - and exploring what makes us human.

'Ticking clock' (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:04:06 GMT)
Billie Piper says her latest stage role, about a woman desperate to have a child, feels very relevant because it's an issue being faced by many women she knows.

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