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What's knocked markets off course? (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:02:10 GMT)
Financial markets had seen smooth sailing in recent years. But it looks like that's over.

Johnson & Johnson shares drop after asbestos report (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:12:50 GMT)
Shares drop as Reuters study says firm knew asbestos "lurked" in its talcum powder for decades.

New £50 bank note 'must recognise ethnic minorities' (Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:05:26 GMT)
Stars and politicians are campaigning for a non-white scientist to feature on the new £50 note.

BHS ex owner Dominic Chappell failed to give pension information (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:17:59 GMT)
The man who bought BHS for £1 is fined for not providing documents about the collapsed chain's pension schemes.

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:26:36 GMT)
Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be accessed.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig? (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:28:35 GMT)
A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.

Tourist pound now down at close to just one dollar (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:01:41 GMT)
Airport currency exchanges are offering rates as low as $1.05 for a pound

Brexit: No-deal will near-bankrupt UK, says Branson (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:19:55 GMT)
The Virgin founder says "quite a few" UK businesses will close if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:03:20 GMT)
Britons will not need a visa but will have to apply for a travel document, which lasts for three years.

Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:49:18 GMT)
Business activity in France has contracted following the gilets jaunes protests, a survey suggests.

Why are people spending less this Christmas? (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:34 GMT)
Brexit uncertainty and rising prices in shops are influencing consumers' shopping habits in the run-up to Christmas.

Watchdog bans 'harmful' gender stereotypes in adverts (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:53:23 GMT)
The Committee of Advertising Practice says adverts must not feature harmful gender stereotypes.

Half of UK homes could get faster broadband (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:00:03 GMT)
New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.

China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:56:35 GMT)
The country's finance ministry also confirms plans to suspend higher tariffs on US-made cars.

Mike Ashley: Debenhams snubbed my £40m lifeline (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:31:46 GMT)
Sports Direct's owner Mike Ashley has written a bluntly worded letter to the boss of Debenhams.

Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:26:46 GMT)
The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic makes it to the edge of space and back.

ECB ends €2.5tn eurozone QE stimulus programme (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:43:32 GMT)
The European Central Bank confirms it is ending its massive bond-buying programme this month.

Apple to create $1bn Texas base (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:23:12 GMT)
The company says it expects to become Austin's biggest private employer.

House of Fraser revival 'challenging' (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:58:03 GMT)
Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley sees "significant challenges" in turning around the department store chain.

Martin Glenn: FA chief executive to leave at end of the season (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:21:36 GMT)
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn is to step down at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Brexit Basics: The single market explained (Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:14:12 GMT)
Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.

How traffic lights became a million dollar idea (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:13:49 GMT)
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how traffic lights became a million dollar idea.

Branson: Hard Brexit would torpedo some Virgin firms (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:09:40 GMT)
Sir Richard Branson has spoken out against a hard Brexit, warning it would be "an absolute disaster".

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:43:16 GMT)
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.

Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors? (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:12:15 GMT)
Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?

Love Islanders' Instagram tips on how to make money from #ad (Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:05:05 GMT)
Each paid post is making reality TV stars like Paul Knops and Jamie Jewitt hundreds of pounds - but how?

'The wrong investors can lead to meltdown' (Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:03:30 GMT)
Choose investors carefully as "the wrong ones can lead to meltdown", says CEO Nikolay Piriankov.

How crisps became a million dollar idea (Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:10:16 GMT)
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how crisps became a million dollar idea.

What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit? (Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:31:50 GMT)
What lessons can the we learn from the economic ructions suffered by New Zealand in 1973 when the UK joined the EEC?

Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned? (Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:21:00 GMT)
The ONS is about to announce how it will treat student loans in the national accounts. Will it lead to changes in student finance?

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton win Strictly Come Dancing 2018 (Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:32:56 GMT)
Ashley, Faye, Joe and Stacey vied for viewers' votes in the finale of the 16th series of the show.

Robyn: 'I didn't want to be a role model' (Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:26:06 GMT)
The Swedish pop star on her return to music, defying expectations and the healing power of dancing.

Ariana Grande plans special Manchester concert during 2019 tour (Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:33:44 GMT)
Pop star Ariana Grande will return to the city two years after 22 people died in a bomb attack.

Gary Lineker criticised for voicing political views (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:01:59 GMT)
Jonathan Agnew advises Gary Lineker on Twitter to remain impartial.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig? (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:28:35 GMT)
A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.

Kanye West vs Drake: What's the story behind their war of words (and emojis)? (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:35:12 GMT)
Everything you need to know about Kanye West's astonishing Twitter tirade against Drake.

J Hus jailed for eight months for carrying knife (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:58:40 GMT)
The 23-year-old rapper - real name Momodou Jallow - says he was "utterly stupid" to carry a blade.

Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:47:12 GMT)
From animated YouTubers to computer-generated Instagram models, new meaning is being given to the term 'manufactured personality'.

David Dimbleby signs off from Question Time (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 01:14:39 GMT)
From ejecting members of the public to questions about his robotic alter ego, the QT host has had some memorable moments during 25 years in the hot seat.

Strictly Come Dancing finalists discuss their ups, downs and future plans (Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:22:36 GMT)
Ashley, Faye, Joe and Stacey look back on the past 14 weeks and ahead to Saturday's Strictly final.

Sondra Locke: Any Which Way You Can actress dies aged 74 (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:38:46 GMT)
Locke was best known for starring in the six films she made with her then-partner Clint Eastwood.

Janet Jackson finally joins her brothers in the Rock Hall of Fame (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:25:44 GMT)
Def Leppard, Roxy Music, The Zombies, Stevie Nicks and The Cure will also be inducted in 2019.

Sir Paul McCartney's London home targeted by thieves (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:57:40 GMT)
It is unknown if the star or his wife Nancy Shevell were home at the time of the break-in.

Roald Dahl's family finally get his war medals, 73 years on (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:43:33 GMT)
The author, who served as a fighter pilot during World War Two, had never collected his medals.

New face for LGBT stories at BBC News (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:59:29 GMT)
The newly created post is filled by Ben Hunte, presenter of BBC Africa children's show, What's New?

EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:10:03 GMT)
The BBC is building a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expanding the external EastEnders set.

The unexpected history of Christmas carols (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:17:32 GMT)
Everyone knows Silent Night, but contemporary carols are still being written. We meet the composers.

Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $5m in final verdict (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:21:55 GMT)
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke must pay Marvin Gaye's estate nearly $5m, a judge rules.

Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2018? (Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:15:42 GMT)
Find out if Ashley, Joe, Faye or Stacey won the 2018 BBC TV dancing series.

Strictly Come Dancing: Finalists share memories and best bits from the season (Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:31:20 GMT)
Ahead of the upcoming final, the celebrity dancers reveal their competition highlights.

Chi Modu has photographed hip hop's biggest artists (Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:14:29 GMT)
Nigerian-born Chi Modu on why documenting black musicians is so important.

Sondra Locke's 'potential not realised' (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:36:57 GMT)
Actress Sondra Locke, who was best known for making six movies with Clint Eastwood, has died.

Who is shining a torch for women today? (Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:45:30 GMT)
One hundred years since the first votes were cast by UK women, who is standing up for women's rights today?

Mary Poppins Returns for European premiere (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:37:18 GMT)
The return of Mary Poppins saw the Royal Albert Hall transformed into Cherry Tree Lane for its European premiere.

Mum spits in face of Christmas elf in Stockton shopping centre (Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:10:11 GMT)
The woman lost her temper when she was told she could not take her child into a Christmas grotto.

Sarah Gordy MBE: Actor in honorary degree first (Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:40:18 GMT)
Sarah Gordy MBE is the first person with Down's syndrome to receive the honour from a UK university.

David Dimbleby's 25 years on Question Time (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:07:56 GMT)
How has the face of public debate changed during the veteran presenter's tenure?

Is there room for two Mowglis in Hollywood? (Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:33:56 GMT)
Andy Serkis explains how his retelling of The Jungle Book swerved a clash with Disney's 2016 film.

The comedian who refused to sign a 'safe space contract' (Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:40:50 GMT)
Konstantin Kisin turned down the gig, saying the "behavioural agreement" form nearly made him "puke".

Bill Ryder-Jones: 'Fans tell me personal things' (Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:45:42 GMT)
The singer-songwriter explains why singing about his mental health does not make him a saint.

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