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Asda faces mass action on equal pay (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:13:49 GMT)
Asda, the UK's second largest retailer, is facing a mass legal action over equal pay by women who work in their stores.

UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:06:37 GMT)
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.

Ukraine-Russia 'consensus' over gas (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:29:26 GMT)
Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.

Ford profits fall on new truck costs (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:10:05 GMT)
Ford reports a sharp fall in profits, largely due to the cost of developing its new F-150 pickup truck.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:22:26 GMT)
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:06:58 GMT)
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Banana splits as Chiquita chops deal (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:44 GMT)
Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer.

Hailo says Uber blocked investors (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:35 GMT)
After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

Standalone TSB picks up customers (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:47:21 GMT)
Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.

Rental costs 'up 1% in a year' (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:01 GMT)
The cost of renting a home in Britain rose by 1% in the year to September, with the fastest growth seen in London and Scotland, official statistics show.

Spirit Pubs rejects offer from C&C (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:15:29 GMT)
Spirit Pub Company has rejected a takeover offer from cider maker C&C, days after agreeing to recommend a rival offer from Greene King.

Job centres to get digital makeover (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:12:33 GMT)
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.

Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:37 GMT)
Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.

Qantas back on track to profit (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:28:57 GMT)
Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.

Amazon reports increased losses (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:40:43 GMT)
Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.

Pearson slides in FTSE downturn (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:56:45 GMT)
London's leading shares dip lower in Friday morning trading, led downwards by publisher Pearson.

Call to scrap term-time holiday ban (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:38:12 GMT)
Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.

Housing market in UK 'is cooling' (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:27:40 GMT)
Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.

Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:04:03 GMT)
Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.

China's property prices decline (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:26:37 GMT)
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.

New home building at seven-year high (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:24 GMT)
Builders are preparing to construct new UK homes at a rate not seen since the before the financial crisis, new figures show.

UK retail sales fall in September (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:41:03 GMT)
UK retail sales fall 0.3% September, adding to signs that the economic recovery may be losing steam.

The king of discount voucher codes (Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:26:34 GMT)
How Mark Pearson, the boss of discount offers website My Voucher Codes, set up the business and became a self-made multi-millionaire.

The Chinese tycoon who loves animals (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:19:15 GMT)
Huang Nubo, the founder of property and leisure giant Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, explains his unique approach to business.

Boom times for Ethiopia's coffee shops (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:08:26 GMT)
As Ethiopia's economy continues to expand, business is growing strongly for coffee shops in the capital Addis Ababa.

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May' (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:15:58 GMT)
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Caterham could miss United States GP (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:07 GMT)
Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.

World Cup ticket sales near 1m (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:49:04 GMT)
A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say.

VIDEO: The Indian coal mines in Australia (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:49 GMT)
Several large Indian companies are developing their own mines in Australia, but environmentalists are concerned for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

VIDEO: Spicing up the supermarket shelves (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:29 GMT)
India's Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) shows how many Indians' lifestyles are changing - it's now selling pre-packed spices to its customers.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Alvin Stardust album gets early release (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:07 GMT)
The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.

Cliff Richard police raid 'inept' (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:39 GMT)
The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Spanish art gems head for UK town (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:09 GMT)
A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

One Direction join BBC Music Awards (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:36:50 GMT)
One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay are among the acts confirmed to perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards on 11 December.

Lucas to host international Emmys (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:05:36 GMT)
British comedian Matt Lucas will host the International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York in November.

US network AMC buys into BBC America (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:27:02 GMT)
US TV network AMC, which aired Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is to take over the running of BBC America after a $200m (£125m) deal with the BBC.

Jason Manford set for The Producers (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:15:29 GMT)
Comedian Jason Manford is to star in a new UK touring production of hit musical The Producers.

Miranda Hart calls time on BBC sitcom (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:27:09 GMT)
TV star Miranda Hart announces there will be no more episodes of her hit BBC sitcom after this Christmas.

Art forger collection fetches £50,000 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:39:57 GMT)
A collection of art by a master forger whose work fooled dealers and galleries around the world sells at auction for more than £50,000.

Writer scoops £10,000 book prize (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:37:38 GMT)
Debut novelist Amy Mason, who dropped out of school at 16 and took up writing at 25, wins the Dundee International Book Prize.

Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:47:03 GMT)
Singer Alvin Stardust, best known for his hit My Coo Ca Choo, dies aged 72 after recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.

Knightley to make Broadway debut (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06:38 GMT)
British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in Therese Raquin, a stage version of Emile Zola's classic novel.

Design inspires new V&A video game (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:58:45 GMT)
A new video game based on the designs of William Morris is launched by Sophia George, the V&A museum's games designer in residence.

Walliams tops children's bestsellers (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:22:59 GMT)
David Walliams' Awful Auntie has become the best selling children's fiction title of the year just four weeks after going on sale.

Tate boss Serota tops art power list (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:46:44 GMT)
Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota is named the most powerful figure in the art world.

Stolen art by 'female Banksy' sought (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:58:47 GMT)
Police in London are appealing for help to trace stolen murals by an artist known as "the female Banksy", estimated to be worth at least £20,000.

Anniversary boost for TS Eliot prize (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:16:28 GMT)
The prize money for the TS Eliot Prize has been increased to £20,000 to mark the 50th anniversary of the poet's death in January 2015.

Django actress on lewd conduct charge (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:07:35 GMT)
Django Unchained's Daniele Watts, who alleged she was held by police because of racial profiling, is charged with committing a lewd act in public.

Cinema pastors to pray after film (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:30:49 GMT)
A Christian film distributor wants to recruit more than 100 pastors to hold prayers at multi-screen cinemas in the UK.

Magic Faraway Tree set for big screen (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:05:43 GMT)
Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books are being adapted for cinema for the first time.

Call for musician deportation U-turn (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:16:18 GMT)
The Scottish government calls on the Home Office to reconsider the case of Steve Forman, an American musician at risk of deportation from Scotland.

Sam Smith cleans up at Mobo awards (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:26:59 GMT)
This year's Mobo awards, which saw Sam Smith pick up four trophies, was described by viewers as a "shambles".

Wilko Johnson is 'cancer free' (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:45:28 GMT)
Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012.

BBC 6 Music draws record listeners (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:29:29 GMT)
BBC Radio 6 Music has won record audience figures, reaching almost two million listeners over the past three months, according to Rajar.

Madeley rape threats complaint filed (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:37:16 GMT)
A formal police complaint has been made by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan after online rape threats were made against their daughter, the TV presenters say.

Schofield faces 24-hour TV challenge (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:31:28 GMT)
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield is to broadcast non-stop on the ITV network for 24 hours to raise cash for charity.

VIDEO: Jessie J: I owe a lot to the MOBOs (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:26:42 GMT)
Singer Jessie J tells BBC News she owes a lot of her early exposure to the MOBO awards. The 26 year-old won best female singer at the award ceremony in London

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?' (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:41:09 GMT)
Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

AUDIO: BBC Trust chief Fairhead on her new job (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:32:01 GMT)
The new chairman of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead, gives her first broadcast interview since taking up the post.

VIDEO: Lady and the legend: Gaga and Bennett (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:40:57 GMT)
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have been speaking to the BBC about their new collaboration

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