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East Coast rail back in private hands (Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:47:07 GMT)
Services on the East Coast rail route between London and Scotland return to private hands after more than five years in the public sector.

MPs call for energy switch 'refunds' (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:17:51 GMT)
Energy price comparison sites should compensate customers who changed to tariffs that may not have been the cheapest deals, MPs say.

First-time buyers get 20% discount (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:46:02 GMT)
First-time home buyers aged under 40 in England can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to a fifth off the normal price.

Lloyds to resume dividend payments (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:15:22 GMT)
Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

Wide gap in regional house prices (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:29:38 GMT)
The gap between the most expensive and cheapest regional average house prices in England and Wales is more than £350,000, figures show.

Putin cuts staff's salaries by 10% (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:01:58 GMT)
Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions.

India budget to boost investment (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:25:36 GMT)
Indian PM Narendra Modi's government unveils a business-friendly budget aimed at attracting greater investment for the economy.

Passport website sues its customers (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:53:19 GMT)
An unofficial passport website has sued more than 150 of its own customers after they tried to cancel or refused to pay believing they had been misled.

VW faces challenges as profits jump (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:30:33 GMT)
Volkswagen reports a sharp jump in annual profits as revenue hits €200bn, but warns of tough market conditions this year.

New rail bidders 'must scrap Pacers' (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:52:41 GMT)
Companies wanting to run rail franchises in the north of England must scrap Pacer trains, the Department of Transport confirms.

US growth revised down to 2.2% (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:43:50 GMT)
The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.

BA owner reports soaring profits (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:27:58 GMT)
International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.

Stamp prices set to increase by 1p (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:34:38 GMT)
The cost of first and second class stamps are each to rise by 1p from 30 March, Royal Mail announces.

Airbus reports big rise in profits (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:45:01 GMT)
Aviation firm Airbus reports a big jump in full-year profits despite setting aside €551m (£401m) for delays on its A400M military aircraft.

Account data stolen in TalkTalk hack (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:13 GMT)
TalkTalk customers are being warned about scammers who managed to steal account numbers and names from the company's computers.

L'Oreal to change 'bad at maths' ad (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:13:33 GMT)
A numeracy charity's challenge prompts beauty giant L'Oreal to change an advert boasting about not being good at maths.

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:38:14 GMT)
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

Judge rules for flight delay payment (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:50:17 GMT)
A judge rules that airline Jet2.com cannot delay the payment of compensation due to passengers for delayed flights, setting a precedent for thousands of similar claims.

No future for TV licence, MPs say (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:21:00 GMT)
The TV licence does not have a long-term future and is likely to be replaced by a new levy within the next 15 years, a group of MPs says.

Greek PM vows 'no third bailout' (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:37:26 GMT)
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras denies his country will need a third international bailout, and vows to "start working hard" to change the country.

Ghana to receive $1bn loan from IMF (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:14:32 GMT)
Ghana has secured a $1bn loan from the International Monetary Fund that could stabilise its troubled economy.

Sharp fall in UK business investment (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:43:47 GMT)
Business investment in the UK falls for the second quarter in a row, recording the biggest decline since 2009.

Argentina's love affair with polo (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:08:17 GMT)
Polo is one of the most popular sports in Argentina, yet unlike football or rugby most of the businesses that keep the game going are small homegrown companies.

The reality of becoming your own boss (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:05:53 GMT)
Becoming your own boss is many people's dream, but what's it really like to start a business from scratch?

The immigrant who became a drone firm boss (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:16:00 GMT)
How Mexican immigrant Jordi Munoz set up the largest US-based drone manufacturer, a company called 3D Robotics.

No World Cup compensation - Fifa (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:28:05 GMT)
Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play 2022 World Cup in November and December.

Chelsea sign £40m-a-year shirt deal (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:05:10 GMT)
Chelsea sign a five-year shirt sponsorship with a Japanese tyre manufacturer worth a reported £40m per year.

Easdale resigns from Rangers board (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:28:36 GMT)
Bus tycoon James Easdale resigns from Rangers' board following fan pressure against the current Ibrox regime.

VIDEO: Budget 'India's chance to fly' (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:14:03 GMT)
India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has been presenting the government of Narendra Modi's first full budget.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:26:18 GMT)
Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Ageism a disaster, says Scott Thomas (Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:07:53 GMT)
A lack of film roles for actresses in their 50s is "a disaster" and the situation is unlikely to change, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas says.

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:55:57 GMT)
President Obama is among those paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who has died aged 83, saying: "I loved Spock."

BBC's Robinson to have tumour removed (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:54:49 GMT)
The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson is to have an operation to remove a tumour from his lung, the corporation says.

Nyong'o stolen dress 'recovered' (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:02:38 GMT)
A dress "resembling" the $150,000 (£97,000) outfit worn by Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars has been found, Los Angeles police say.

Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:24:36 GMT)
Iraq's national museum officially reopens in Baghdad, 12 years after it was looted in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Rwanda urged to take BBC to court (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:33:39 GMT)
An inquiry in Rwanda urges the government to initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC for a documentary about the 1994 genocide.

Sir Cliff's lawyers criticise MPs (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:55:54 GMT)
Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers criticise a parliamentary committee for publishing a letter about the police inquiry into sex abuse allegations against the singer.

Turkish author Yasar Kemal dies (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:59:00 GMT)
One of Turkey's best-known writers, Yasar Kemal, 92, dies in an Istanbul hospital following respiratory and organ failure.

Birmingham local TV channel launches (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:30:05 GMT)
Birmingham's new local TV channel is launched, three months after it was awarded the licence.

Harrison Ford back for Blade Runner (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:10 GMT)
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, it is confirmed.

Robin Williams' daughter speaks out (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:53 GMT)
Zelda Williams says there is "no point" in seeking any explanation for why the comedian took his own life last August.

Fearne Cotton is leaving BBC Radio 1 (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:11:21 GMT)
The DJ is leaving the music station for a "new chapter" and has also revealed she is expecting another baby.

Genital book makes odd title list (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:52:29 GMT)
A book about the evolution of genitals is shortlisted for this year's Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year.

Catwoman 'comes out as bisexual' (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:00 GMT)
Selina Kyle, alter-ego of superhero character Catwoman, has been revealed as bisexual in the latest issue.

Stolen Picasso returned to France (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:38:55 GMT)
A Picasso painting smuggled into the US last December, disguised as a Christmas parcel, is being returned to its home in France.

Hockney art inspired by fly-tipping (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:46:51 GMT)
David Hockney releases artwork showing the landscape that inspired him after it was blighted by fly-tipping.

Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:19:17 GMT)
Actor and theatre director Kevin Spacey will be honoured with a special prize at this year's Olivier Awards.

Spectre plot about 007's childhood (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:14:50 GMT)
James Bond director Sam Mendes reveals Spectre's storyline will focus on 007's back story growing up as an orphan.

Doomed Point cinema shows last film (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:02:07 GMT)
One of the UK's first multiplex cinemas, built nearly 30 years ago in Milton Keynes, shows its last film before its is demolished.

Redmayne steams in to Thomas film (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:08:31 GMT)
Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne lends his voice to a new train in the next Thomas the Tank Engine adventure.

Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT)
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

Madonna 'suffered whiplash' at Brits (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:30:08 GMT)
Pop star Madonna says she suffered whiplash as a result of her "nightmare" accident at Wednesday's Brit Awards.

Steve Strange funeral to be held (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:31:28 GMT)
The funeral of New Romantic star Steve Strange will be held in Porthcawl next month, his friend says.

No future for TV licence, MPs say (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:21:00 GMT)
The TV licence does not have a long-term future and is likely to be replaced by a new levy within the next 15 years, a group of MPs says.

Profit hike for broadcaster STV (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:11:57 GMT)
STV reports a 14% rise in pre-tax profits, lifts its dividend by 300% and says it is increasing its reach.

BBC Trust chair's HSBC role queried (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:06:00 GMT)
A senior MP raises questions over new BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead's role at HSBC while the bank's Swiss arm helped wealthy clients evade tax.

VIDEO: Photographing black Britain (Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:11:24 GMT)
As a new exhibition about the experience of black British people opens in London, Jamaican-born Photographer Neil Kenlock speaks to the BBC about the show.

VIDEO: Missing Oscars dress 'found' (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:51:55 GMT)
Police in California say they have found a dress which could be the one worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars.

VIDEO: Kanye West in tears over mentor teacher (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:28:47 GMT)
Singer Kanye West got emotional talking about his former fashion design teacher, Louise Wilson, who died last year.

VIDEO: Fans pay tribute at Nimoy's star (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:57:18 GMT)
Alistair Leithead in Los Angeles reports on reaction to the death of "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy.

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