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Brexit may send EU 'down the drain' - German vice chancellor (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:43:18 GMT)
Germany's vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says the EU could go "down the drain" if Brexit is handled badly and that the UK cannot keep the "nice things" without any responsibility.

Last BHS stores close for final time after 88 years (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:27:58 GMT)
The last BHS stores close their doors for the final time, ending an 88-year presence on the High Street.

Sir Richard Branson 'should lose knighthood' - John McDonnell (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:18:34 GMT)
British tycoon Sir Richard Branson is a "tax exile" and should be stripped of his knighthood, shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggests.

Nuisance calls: Which? says company bosses should be liable (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:12:19 GMT)
The bosses of firms that make nuisance calls should be held personally responsible, the consumer group Which? says.

Hinkley Point: EDF boss Vincent de Rivaz urges go-ahead (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:20:33 GMT)
The energy company hoping to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset pleads with the government to give it the go-ahead.

Ben & Jerry's recalls Cookie Dough ice cream batches (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:50:52 GMT)
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's recalls tubs of one of its best-selling products over concern they may contain small pieces of metal.

Fed's Janet Yellen says case for rate rise has strengthened (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:58:14 GMT)
The case for raising US interest rates has "strengthened", the head of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen says.

Sir Richard Branson 'thought he would die' in bike crash (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:45:25 GMT)
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson says he thought he was "going to die" after crashing his bike on the Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda.

Prada seeks younger customers in bid for growth (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:34:46 GMT)
Italian luxury fashion group Prada predicts a return to growth as it seeks to connect with younger customers through online sales and flexible pricing.

Volkswagen to pay US dealers hit by emissions scandal (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:22:55 GMT)
Germany's Volkswagen tells a US court that it plans to compensate car dealers in America hit by the diesel emissions scandal.

Frankie & Benny's owner Restaurant Group to close 33 sites (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:03:24 GMT)
The Restaurant Group, the owner of Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito and Garfunkel's, says it will sell or close 33 underperforming sites.

WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:20:58 GMT)
The UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) is looking into WhatsApp's decision to share more data with parent company Facebook.

US to invest $2.5bn in high-speed rail expansion (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:36:37 GMT)
US vice president Joe Biden announces plans to lend railway operator Amtrak $2.45bn (£1.86bn) to expand services and make upgrades.

Tesco sells Euphorium bakery business (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:23:05 GMT)
Tesco is selling its Euphorium bakery business as chief executive Dave Lewis seeks to turn around the supermarkets fortunes.

Isa savings at new record high, says HMRC (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:21:09 GMT)
Savers put an average of £6,338 into Individual Savings Accounts (Isas) in the last financial year, a rise of 5% on the previous year.

Hinkley Point C nuclear plant not essential - think tank (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:25:58 GMT)
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is "not essential" for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, says a think tank.

UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:34:08 GMT)
Strong growth in spending by consumers helped to drive the UK economy ahead of the Brexit vote, official figures show.

The last BHS stores close their doors (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:09:20 GMT)
The last BHS stores are set to close for the final time after 88 years on the high Street. Joe Lynam reports.

CEO Secrets: Airbnb co-founder shares tips for success (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:01:45 GMT)
Nathan Blecharczyk, one of the co-founders of Airbnb, offers the business advice he wishes he had been given when he started out.

What happens when you let a dog in the studio... (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:36:44 GMT)
James Davidson, co-founder of pet food company Tails.com, talks to Business Live - but his dog Monty steals the show.

Building a community restaurant in Botswana (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:21 GMT)
Despite the often frustrating employment situation for young Botswanans, one young entrepreneur is ploughing ahead while remaining thoroughly rooted in his community.

BHS: Inside a 'ghost store' in Edinburgh (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:06:45 GMT)
BBC News takes a look around a former BHS flagship store on Edinburgh's Princes Street, empty now that the chain has ceased trading.

Driverless taxis roam Singapore streets (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:21:06 GMT)
Driverless taxis are being tested on the streets of Singapore for the first time.

Can foreign car makers succeed in India? (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:11:25 GMT)
After a slow few years for India's car market, sales are powering ahead. But how about foreign car companies there?

Should Botswana break its reliance on diamonds? (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:41:33 GMT)
Diamonds have helped Botswana's economy over the past 50 years. But now some people are saying that the stones don't hold the same promise for the future.

Self-driving taxi trial kicks off in Singapore (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:33:42 GMT)
As the industry races to make driverless cars viable, a small fleet of computer-driven taxis are taking passengers in Singapore.

Bad weather takes toll on French wine production (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:43:09 GMT)
French wine production is likely to be 10% lower this year than in 2015 because of a spring frost and a heatwave now.

Final farewell (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:17:05 GMT)
Empty rails and closing signs as a stalwart of the British High Street says its final farewell.

Pawn addiction (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:03 GMT)
As designer handbags receive record prices at auction, women are increasingly taking them to pawn shops to borrow money against them.

Life after BHS (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:09:50 GMT)
As the last BHS stores close this weekend, bringing to an end nearly 90 years of retail history, Emma Simpson looks at what the closures will mean for our High Streets.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Bake Off's Mary Berry criticised by MasterChef judge over fryers (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:39:41 GMT)
MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace criticises Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry, calling her comments on deep-fat fryers an "attack on our British way of life".

Entertainment week in pictures (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:51:29 GMT)
A look at some of the pictures from the world of entertainment and arts over the past week, including Britney's Carpool Karaoke and the unveiling of a statue of Lemmy.

Teenage boy dies 'after taking drugs' at Leeds Festival (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:54:19 GMT)
A 17-year-old boy dies after taking drugs at Leeds Festival on Saturday, police say.

Paul McCartney demo given to Cilla Black sells for £18K (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:23:33 GMT)
A long-lost demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney that was given to Cilla Black sells for £18,000 at auction.

John Cleese 'in talks' over BBC sitcom return (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:23:01 GMT)
British actor John Cleese is reported to be in talks to return to the BBC for a sitcom which has been written specifically for him.

Scotland's Richard Gadd wins Edinburgh Comedy Award (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:05:45 GMT)
Scotland's Richard Gadd is announced as the winner of this year's Edinburgh Comedy Award.

X Factor: Nicole Scherzinger 'hardest working' judge (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:18:28 GMT)
X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary says the newly-returned Nicole Scherzinger is the judge most likely to shine on this year's overhauled panel, because she "works the hardest".

Frank Ocean beats Dolly Parton and David Brent to UK number one (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:32 GMT)
Frank Ocean's long-awaited new album goes to the top of the UK album chart, beating Dolly Parton and Ricky Gervais's comedy alter-ego David Brent.

Good Charlotte are mentoring 5sos and want to keep giving back (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:16:07 GMT)
Benji and Joel Madden on how they're ready to help artists follow in their footsteps.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp row over divorce donations (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:13:09 GMT)
Amber Heard demands that Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.

Biffy Clyro: Reading and Leeds 'really close to our hearts' (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:37:34 GMT)
As the Scottish band headline the two festivals for the second time, they explain why it is so special to them.

Strictly Come Dancing: What would you ask the stars? (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:54:45 GMT)
The BBC News arts and entertainment team is speaking to the contestants of Strictly Come Dancing before the new series starts - what would you like to ask the stars?

Matt Damon climbs up Forbes' Hollywood rich list (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:36:07 GMT)
Matt Damon becomes the third highest-paid actor in Hollywood, behind Dwayne Johnson and Jackie Chan, according to Forbes' annual rich list.

Dawn French and Harry Hill signed up for new ITV shows (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:36:34 GMT)
Dawn French is to host a British version of hit US children's talent show Little Big Shots on ITV, while Harry Hill will present a new panel show.

Edinburgh TV Festival: Channel 4 named channel of the year (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:09:08 GMT)
Channel 4 is named channel of the year at the Edinburgh International Television festival.

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:30 GMT)
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.

Just Like That: How to do the perfect Tommy Cooper impression (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:46:18 GMT)
Tommy Cooper actor says "everyone at some point" has tried a Cooper impression.

The band Chvrches give their take on festival etiquette (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:08:05 GMT)
BBC News goes backstage at the Reading Festival to meet the band Chvrches.

Mariachi's holiday snaps with a message (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:06:34 GMT)
Karim Hauser's Instagram account, 'Mariachi in transit' sees him place himself as a mariachi in unexpected settings.

The TV theme tune factory (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:21:48 GMT)
Some of the most well-known pieces of 20th century music were composed as stock music.

Skwod star Nadia Rose talks Spice Girls and coping with fame (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:00:47 GMT)
Skwod star Nadia Rose is taking the music world by storm. She has opened shows for Busta Rhymes and is gathering large crowds at major music festivals.

Should Mills and Boon be taken seriously as feminist texts? (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:21:59 GMT)
Val Derbyshire argues that some Mills and Boon books are feminist texts and Radio 4 newsreader Kathy Clugston reads some extracts.

Star Wars Millennium Falcon shed to be repaired following vandalism (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:07:50 GMT)
A shed styled like the Millennium Falcon cockpit from the blockbuster movie Star Wars is set to be repaired after it was smashed by vandals.

Tommy Cooper's 'gag file' to be preserved by Victoria & Albert museum (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:15:54 GMT)
Tommy Cooper's "gag file", in which the late comedian meticulously recorded his jokes, is to be preserved by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Fall Out Boy (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:47:45 GMT)
Pete Wentz explains how it's "pretty spectacular" that the band is topping the bill at Reading and Leeds.

Hands off (Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:36:24 GMT)
Jane Austen's ring, a £50m Picasso and other objects the UK has fought to keep in the country.

In pictures (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:32:56 GMT)
As Notting Hill Carnival marks its 50th anniversary, BBC News looks back at how the event became what organisers claim is the largest street party in Europe.

Cassius: French dance duo on making their first album in 10 years (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:40:50 GMT)
French dance duo Cassius on working with friends like Pharrell, being the antidote to EDM and listening to Frank Ocean.

Epic telly (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:26:16 GMT)
It is 20 years since Our Friends in the North first aired, but the programme's journey to the TV screen was as tangled as the lives of the four friends it tracked across the decades.

Tiny tribute (Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:40:42 GMT)
A tiny marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, is named after Sir David Attenborough after fossilised remains are found in remote Australia.

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