BBC Business Matters

              BBC Business Matters

              Key global business news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with live guests and contributors from Asia where the day is beginning and the USA where the day's business is coming to an end.

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              • Business Matters: EU Summit & Eurovision Song Contest

                Sat, 23 May 15

                Duration:
                58 mins

                Available:
                29 days remaining

                EU leaders meet with ex-Soviet states at a summit in Latvia, but stress it's not an anti-Russian beauty contest. We talk to Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, and get some analysis from Olexiy Solohubenko, the BBC's Eastern Europe specialist. Plus we speak to the man who has been called the Sherlock Holmes of the art world - Chris Marinello, the boss of Art Recovery International. Kai Ryssdal from our partner station Marketplace interviews the director of a documentary called Shake the Dust, which chronicles the influence of hip hop music and break-dancing in slums and ghettos all around the world. And as the 60th Eurovision Song Contest gets underway in Austria, we discuss the politics and the business behind the glitz-and-pop-fest. Our guest is Peter Ryan, Business Editor at ABC in Sydney.

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              • Business Matters: 21st Century Israel

                Fri, 22 May 15

                Duration:
                60 mins

                Available:
                28 days remaining

                In our fourth special report from Israel and the Palestinian Territories we are in Jerusalem. This region has been the scene of many short but bloody wars over the past 70 years. Last summer the farms adjoining Israel's border with Gaza came under huge pressure. We speak to the Israeli farmers still trying to restore their land and livelihoods. We examine one of the key facts of life for observant Jews in Israel - the need to observe the Halacha - the Jewish religious laws that govern everyday life. Plus Dr Mamdouh Salameh tells us if Saudi Arabia's plans to move away from fossil fuels is realistic. And we hear from McDonald's latest shareholder meeting, where workers protested outside for a wage increase. All this and more discussed with our guests David Rosenberg, business editor of the daily Haaretz newspaper and Nasr Abdelkarim, visiting professor at the Arab-American University on the West Bank.

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              • Business Matters: Live from Northern Israel

                Thu, 21 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                27 days remaining

                In our third special report from Israel and the Palestinian Territories we go to the city of Haifa in northern Israel. We hear about its reputation as an economic powerhouse of industrial development, which is great for the economy, but perhaps not so good for the air quality. Haifa also prides itself on being a place where Arabs and Jews get along well. We ask the locals if that is really the case. Six of the world's biggest banks are to pay authorities a total of almost £6bn dollars for their role in the manipulation the foreign exchange market. We hear the story from the BBC's Michelle Fleury. And El Niño - the natural phenomenon which periodically occurs in the Pacific and has been responsible for some extreme weather around the world - could be back. Historical climatologist Evelyn Browning Garriss explains. Our guests are Sharon Udasin, a reporter at Jerusalem Post and Benjamin Bental, professor of economics at Haifa University.

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              • Business Matters: West Bank Special 20 May 15

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Available:
                26 days remaining

                In our second special report from Israel and the Palestinian Territories, we go to the West Bank to see how companies operate when investment and trade is inhibited by occupation. We hear from firms in Bethlehem and a tour guide in Jericho, as well as a representative from the Israeli authorities, and a World Bank official.

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              • Business Matters: Working In The West Bank 20 May 15

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                26 days remaining

                In our second special report from Israel and the Palestinian Territories, we go to the West Bank to see how companies operate when investment and trade is inhibited by occupation. We hear from firms in Bethlehem and a tour guide in Jericho, as well as a representative from the Israeli authorities, and a World Bank official. As six Chinese citizens are arrested in connection with economic espionage in the US, we ask what this will do to relations between the two countries. And we speak to the White House about Barack Obama's fight to save the declining honey bee.

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              • Business Matters: Business Behind the Gaza Blockade 19 May 15

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                25 days remaining

                How does the economy work in what some have described as the world's biggest prison? Presenter Roger Hearing is live from the seafront in the Gaza Strip at the start of a week of coverage from Israel and the Palestinian territories. He hears from the man who arguably makes Gaza's best ice-cream, the factory owner rebuilding from bombed out rubble and the singer of a band that can't tour because they can't leave. Joining him are Nasser Elhelo who has a business making steel doors and is also on the board of the Gaza Chamber of Commerce and Muhammed Al Alamy who runs the Future Tech IT company in Gaza City and is on the board of the Pal Trade Association.

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              • Business Matters: Regulators in the Spotlight May 16

                Sat, 16 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                22 days remaining

                A spoof buyer comes calling for cosmetics firm Avon, exposing a financial security breach. We hear how computer algorithms are to blame. The United States urges Thailand and other regional governments to come to the rescue of thousands of migrants adrift at sea. A former US General tells business leaders how the experience of special forces in Iraq could help them. And how crowd-funding, not Cannes funding, helped one British film maker get his feature on the big screen.

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              • Business Matters; Myanmar Migrants Stranded May 15

                Fri, 15 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                21 days remaining

                Thousands of people from a persecuted ethnic minority from Myanmar, are believed to be adrift in the Andaman Sea, refused entry by Indonesia and Malaysia. Also, over-use of antibiotics over decades means many bacteria have become resistant. Pharmaceutical companies currently have little incentive to develop new drugs because they're not very profitable. Now the industry is being urged to set up a 2 billion dollar innovation fund to kick start research into antibiotics. And we hear why bringing your whole self to work might make you more productive.

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              • Business Matters: Burundi 'coup' unsettles East Africa 14 May 15

                Thu, 14 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                20 days remaining

                As a coup attempt is launched in Burundi to try to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza, we hear how the unrest could destabilise neighbouring countries in East Africa. Facebook joins up with nine big news providers, including the BBC, to provide Instant Articles on mobile phones. After the reported killing of a senior Islamic State commander in an air strike, what chances of a concerted campaign to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul? We speak to the governor of Mosul's Nineveh Province, Atheel al-Nujaifi. Following the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, is the ensuing debate about the state of US infrastructure justified? And can a chicken tell you how it's feeling? We speak to a researcher who thinks he might have cracked squawk talk. We're joined throughout the programme by Jyoti Malhotra, of India Today, in Delhi and Peter Morici, of the University of Maryland, who joins us from Washington.

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              • Business Matters: Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4bn 13 May 15

                Wed, 13 May 15

                Duration:
                56 mins

                Available:
                19 days remaining

                Verizon offers $4.4bn dollars for AOL, giving one of the oldest names in online tech a new lease of life. We ask what's in it for both sides. The US bourbon industry is facing something of a crisis, and it's partly down to the US housing market crash of eight years ago. The lumber industry that used to provide construction materials has been decimated, leaving distillers struggling to find the white oak barrels needed to store the drink. Meanwhile, demand for bourbon is soaring. We discuss why the British election boiled down to a basic question of trust in economic management. Theo Leggett has a special report on how London transport bosses are cashing in on the property boom below street level. And the newest US presidential library will be in Chicago - will it just be a hugely expensive vanity project? Dave Shaw, from Marketplace, joins us from Washington to discuss. We're also joined throughout by Catherine Yeung, of Fidelity Worldwide Investment in Hong Kong.

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