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BBC World Business Report

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 23 Jan 15

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

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    Ahead of the Greek elections on Sunday, our reporter in Athens Adam Kirtley gauges the mood at rallies for the two main parties - Syriza and New Democracy. Plus tonight's US market report from Jim Lebenthal and Lebenthal Asset Management in New York.

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  • WBR: Greece gears up for weekend election 23 Jan 15

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    28 mins

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    Millions of Greeks are preparing to vote in this weekend's election, in a country where the economy has shrunk by a quarter since the financial crisis, while unemployment has soared as austerity measures hit people hard. We hear from Hugo Dixon, who is in Athens covering the election for Reuters and Theopi Skarlatos, who has made a documentary called "love in the time of crisis" which examines how austerity has affected millions of families. Guy Johnson from Bloomberg and Stephen Fidddler, from the Wall Street Journal, help us look back at a week dominated by the European Central Bank deciding to print billions of euro, to kick start the region's ailing economies. Plus we focus on the claim that the days of the hamburger could be numbered. No way says Dan Bekhradnia, founder or The Burger Joint in Bristol in the west of England, who tells us why his restaurant is rated as one of the top ten gourmet burger bars in the UK.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 22 Jan 15

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    10 mins

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    Cary Leahy from Decision Economics in New York gives us reaction from the US on the ECB's announcement of quantitative easing. And Prof Tom Cannon explains why English football teams still dominate soccer rich-lists.

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  • WBR: ECB to begin trillion euro stimulus 22 Jan 15

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    The ECB has unveiled its programme of Quantitative Easing. It has decided to create up to €1.1 trillion of new money and spend it on buying government bonds and other financial instruments from banks across the Eurozone. The UK intends to introduce legislation to make plain cigarettes packaging a reality. We hear from Alison Cox a Director of Research at Cancer Research. You might think that one of the world's most famous pop stars might appreciate the extra publicity of having her face adorn the t-shirts of one of the most popular clothing retailers in the UK. But Rihanna thought not, and has won a battle at the Court of Appeal in London against the retailer Top Shop. It had been selling a sleeveless tee shirt featuring a photo of the star that was taken without her permission. And the ruling ensures a ban on its sale is allowed to remain in place. Rihanna has previously done publicity and commercial appearances for Top Shop.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 21 Jan 15

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

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    Countries around the world are lowering their interest rates, its currency wars. More and more cash around the world could end up heading to one of the few strong economies stills standing - the USA and its dollar.Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall St gives us his view on who will be the losers.

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  • WBR: World Economic Forum 2015 gets under way 21 Jan 15

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

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    World economic leaders converging on Davos have the future of the Euro on their minds. Greece holds its general election this weekend. We talk to representatives of the two main parties, and hear from some of those who have endured the consequences of austerity since 2008. Also in the programme, the British music identifying phone app Shazam is now valued at a billion dollars. We hear from its chief executive, Andrew Fisher.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 20 Jan 15

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

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    Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey on how the possibility of Quantitative Easing in Europe may affect US financial markets.

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  • WBR: Europe's Central Bank under pressure 20 Jan 15

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

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    28 mins

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    Will the ECB's head really do "whatever it takes" to save the euro? Amid signs Europe's expected quantitative easing plan may get watered down, we debate its merits and drawbacks with economists Roger Bootle of Capital Economics, and Joerg Kraemer from Germany's Commerzbank. Also in the programme, there's relief in India, as Europe lifts its mango ban. Plus the BBC's Samira Hussein reports on oil giant BP's latest round of court hearings over the Deepwater Horizon spill. And, just how much money is too much when it comes to children's parties?

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 19 Jan 15

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

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    US financial markets were closed for a public holiday on Monday. The Argentine government says there is no indication that anybody else was involved in the death of a prosecutor who was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment late Sunday. We get the latest from our reporter in Buenos Aires, Veronica Smink.

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  • WBR: Saudi can tolerate low oil price 19 Jan 2015

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

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    The era of cheap oil may be set to last, but at what cost to other big oil producers? Also in the programme, several large charities in India have had their access to foreign funds restricted or frozen - we talk to Samit Aich from Greenpeace India who is taking the Indian government to court. BBC Business Editor Kamal Ahmed explains why the supermarket Tesco faced a billion dollar rebellion from one of its biggest suppliers. Plus we find out why vloggers - that's people who post video blogs - have built an industry that is now said to be worth $4.5 billion. Sally Whittle runs blogging communities and vlogs herself. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times has been putting quite a lot of thought into whether workers need to spend more time thinking.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Jan 15

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

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    Brokerages declare themselves insolvent after the revaluation of the Swiss Franc

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  • WBR: End of Swiss franc's euro cap sparks repercussions 16 Jan 15

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

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    Switzerland's central bank has come under fire at home and abroad for scrapping its efforts to cap the value of the Swiss franc against the euro. A foreign exchange brokerage firm in Britain and another in New Zealand have declared insolvency. Swiss exporters and tourist firms have warned they could be put out of business and the repercussions are also being felt in eastern Europe, with holders of mortgages backed by the Swiss franc seeing monthly payments shoot up. Also, you may never have heard the name, but Xiomi is the third biggest designer of smartphones in the world. In fact, it has been nicknamed "China's Apple". Our reporter Celia Hatton spoke to one of the company's top executives about future plans for the business. And cinema advertising slots sell out ahead of the launch of the new film based on the novel "Fifty Shades of Grey". Plus, we take a look back over the past week in business and catch up with the latest from the financial markets.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Jan 15

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

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    Wall Street reacts to shock revaluation of the Swiss Franc

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  • WBR: Swiss stun global markets 15 Jan 15

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

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    The Swiss franc has soared after the central bank removed the cap on its value against the euro. The Swiss National Bank also increased the amount investors have to pay to lend to the government. We hear shock from Switzerland and beyond about the move and we discuss why people are now paying some European governments for the privilege of lending to them. Also India's central bank cut its rates in another surprise move - we ask if it'll help consumers. And the owner of the legendary Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas has filed for bankruptcy.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 14 Jan 15

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

    Duration:
    8 mins

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    Facebook launches a new platform aimed at business users dubbed 'Facebook at Work'. Technology journalist Rupert Goodwins tells us more. Plus a roundup of the US market news from Robert Brusca at Fact and Opinion Economics in New York.

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  • WBR: EU lawyer approves ECB bond-buying 14 Jan 15

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

    Duration:
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    A top EU lawyer says bond buying by the European Central Bank could be legal. We hear from Berlin-based lawyer Markus Kerber, who in 2011 tried and failed to get the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal declared illegal. As the cost of oil falls yet again, British maritime expert Simon Toyne tells us how millions of barrels are set to be stored on the high seas, waiting for an oil price recovery. And we have analysis from US economist Dr Irwin Stelzer. Also Golda Arthur reports on new ways of making money out of food in New York. And is free trade in China really as free as the authorities there would want the world to believe? Beijing-based business consultant Duncan Clark tells us more.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 13 Jan 15

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

    Duration:
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    Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey brings tonight's US market report. We cover how the falling oil price is affecting stocks, US homebuilding and QE in Europe.

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  • WBR: UAE Energy Minister Blames US Oil Price Falls 13 Jan 15

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

    Duration:
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    The price of oil has fallen to a six year low. We hear from the UAE's Energy Minister. And we look at the impact low fuel prices are having on US car sales, where bigger cars are back in fashion. Also, as European national governments get more powers over genetically modified crops, we discuss the pros and cons of the technology with Mark Lynas, a visiting fellow at Cornell University who supports GM, and Liz O'Neill, a director of GM Freeze, which lobbies against it. Plus, bankers' bonuses are back in the headlines, but this time, because they are shrinking. Roger Bootle from Capital Economics tells us whether this is a good thing. And finally, Cambridge University researchers have discovered that a computer may be better at understanding a Facebook user's personality than friends, family or even partner. We hear more from David Stillwell, one of the research authors.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 Jan 2015

    Mon, 12 Jan 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

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    The Twitter account of the US military's Central Command was hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State. The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones has been following the story. And as the price of oil continues to fall, Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago tells us how the US markets are reacting.

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  • WBR: Greek Opposition Looking Poised to Win Election 12 Jan 15

    Mon, 12 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    If that happens, there are warnings Greece might be forced out of the eurozone, as the party looking to win favours anti-austerity. We assess what it would mean for the stability of Europe with Dimitris Kottardis, political editor at leading Athens TV station ANT1, and Hugo Dixon from Reuters Breaking Views. Also in the programme, President Obama is proposing tougher laws to protect US consumer data. BBC technology reporter Dave Lee has all the details. Plus, 2014 was the year of the recall for carmakers, with more than 60 million - a record - worldwide. We have a special report on the state of the car industry by Samira Hussein at Detroit's International Auto Show. And has your patience with management speak timed out? Well you're not alone, according to our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times newspaper.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 09 Jan 15

    Fri, 9 Jan 15

    Duration:
    8 mins

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    The US congress passes a bill giving the go-ahead to the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, we speak to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and analyst Jim Lebenthal gives us his take on that and the US' latest jobs news.

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  • WBR: US job growth strongest since 1999 09 Jan 15

    Fri, 9 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    As the US economy reports that last year saw the biggest decline in the unemployment rate since 1984, the Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, tells us the key challenge is to make sure prosperity is shared. "Businesses need skilled workers, people want a raise and this is how you compete in a global economy, by being the best-trained, best-skilled workforce," he says. "That's what we're trying to do." Companies' cyber security is at risk from their own staff as well as external hackers. A report commissioned by the IT company Cisco has warned that complacent employees might be putting their own firms in danger, either accidentally or by getting around their own security processes. We hear from Cisco's head of Cyber Security, Terry Greer-King. As fashion brand American Apparel gets tougher on office romances, we ask whether love in the workplace is ever acceptable. Plus, we take a look back over the week's big business stories and we will get the latest from the financial markets.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 08 Jan 15

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

    Duration:
    3 mins

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    Some positive news from Wall Street as the Dow ended the day's trading up. Cary Leahey from Decision Economics gave us his analysis.

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  • WBR: Why extremists hate satire 8 Jan 15

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Following the murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, we discuss the role of satire in standing up to repression. We talk to our correspondent, Yogita Limaye, about the most closely contested presidential election in Sri Lanka for decades. Also Samsung predicts lower profits as it loses out to cheaper smartphone rivals, especially in the world's largest smartphone market, China. Plus today would have been Elvis's 80th birthday. Nevertheless, 38 years after his early death he is still a powerful brand - we look ahead to the auction of the first record he ever made.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 07 Jan 14

    Wed, 7 Jan 15

    Duration:
    8 mins

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    The five day sell-off ends for American markets - Doug McIntyre from financial website 24/7 Wall Street has tonight's market report. Plus, are electric cars like the Tesla losing their va-va-voom? Blake Z Rong from Autoweek magazine tells us why he disagrees.

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  • WBR: Deflation hits eurozone 07 Jan 15

    Wed, 7 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Dipping into deflation: How should Europe's central bank respond to falling prices across the continent? We discuss the pros and cons of pumping billions into the financial sector with Andrew Lilico of Europe Economics and Jorg Kramer, chief economist at Commerzbank. Also in the programme, plugging out: sales of electric cars slip as the oil price falls. We ask David Bailey at Aston Business School how the sector can regain its va-va-voom. Plus we talk to former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers about his support for carbon taxes, as a means of reducing pollution levels. And we visit a prison in Herefordshire where inmates are turning their hands to the production of high-end kitchen products.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 06 Jan 15

    Tue, 6 Jan 15

    Duration:
    9 mins

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    The falling oil price cast a shadow over trading again today as Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey explains in our market report. Plus, why 2015 will be longer than last year - by a whole second. Professor Tim O'Brien from Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK on the need for a 'leap second'.

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  • WBR: Wearable tech all the rage at CES 06 Jan 15

    Tue, 6 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    We roller skate to the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas where wearable tech is the buzzword. The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones tells us all about it. We hear about Indonesia's efforts to tighten airline safety as the search for more debris from the Air Asia flight continues. Professor Graham Braithwaite from Cranfield University tells us what is involved in air accident investigations. Millions of dollars worth of high end sports cars are abandoned in a cargo ship off the south coast of England after it was deliberately run aground. John Noble is a Marine salvage expert and tells us what he could see from the beach. Nick Davis meets some amateur genealogists in Jamaica and Lisa Pollack from the FT talks to us about social media airbrushing and what our Facebook profile probably doesn't tell us about ourselves.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 05 Jan 15

    Mon, 5 Jan 15

    Duration:
    4 mins

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    A down day for most indexes – could the falling price of oil and a possible Greek exit from the Euro be weighing on the minds of investors? We hear views from Peter Jankovskis at Oakbrook Investments in the US and Jeremy Batstone Carr, from UK stockbroker Charles Stanley.

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  • WBR: Is Germany preparing for a 'Grexit'? 05 Jan 15

    Mon, 5 Jan 15

    Duration:
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    German press reports suggest Berlin thinks Europe could cope without Greece in the euro. Ahead of Greece's general election later this month, we ask how likely a 'Grexit' is, and assess its implications with Andreas Andreanopolos, a former Greek development minister, and the noted British economist Roger Bootle. Plus we hear about life as an immigrant in Long Island, New York. And, do lean, fit leaders make for lean, fit companies? Our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway ponders whether gym bunnies make good bosses. Also in the programme, Marilyn Monroe has been revealed as the new face of Max Factor. We hear from Lorna Hawtin of the advertising agency TBWA how dead icons can be an advertiser's best friend.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 Jan 15

    Fri, 2 Jan 15

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    The International Organisation on Migration says there should be a clampdown on the finances of criminal gangs smuggling people across the Mediterranean.

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  • WBR: Euro Falls on Draghi Comments 02 Jan 15

    Fri, 2 Jan 15

    Duration:
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    The value of the euro has fallen to a four and a half year low against the US dollar after the head of the ECB hinted at future stimulus measures. We analyse Mario Draghi's comments with BBC economics correspondent Andrew Walker and Justin Urquhart-Stewart from Seven Investment Management. Also the gambler's paradise Macau pulls in its lowest revenues since the casino industry was liberalised in 2001. Cambodia raises its minimum wage - how will it affect the country's all-important textile industry? Plus 13-year-old American Alyssa Carson has started training for NASA, with aspirations to walk on Mars. We go to meet her. Presented by Roger Hearing.

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  • WBR: E-cigarettes - a marketing mistake? 1 Jan 15

    Thu, 1 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Should the promotion of electronic cigarettes be more tightly regulated? In this special edition of World Business Report, we ask whether the marketing of e-cigarettes risks glamourising smoking once again. Marie Keyworth hears from a divided public health community and has an exclusive interview with e-cigarette manufacturer Imperial Tobacco. She also pays a visit to northern France to hear from young users of e-cigarettes - some of whom travel over the border from Belgium, where their sale is heavily restricted - and hears from an adviser to the French government.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 31 Dec 14

    Wed, 31 Dec 14

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    An update on the US markets on the last day of trading in 2014.

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  • WBR: China Issues Record Pollution Fine 31 12 14

    Wed, 31 Dec 14

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    A Chinese court issues a record $26 million dollar fine to six companies for dumping chemical waste into rivers. We ask the head of Greenpeace China whether this marks a shift in the country's environmental policy. Germany's first ever minimum wage comes into effect on January 1 - we ask what it will mean for Europe's biggest economy and why it's taken so long. Zambia has big plans for its tourism industry, but can it grow without damaging the country's bush environment and its wildlife? We have a special report from South Luangwa National Park. The inventor of the wind-up radio is given the title of Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours list - we speak to Trevor Baylis. And we take a look at how the financial markets have fared in 2014, with perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 30 Dec 14

    Tue, 30 Dec 14

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    Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago in the US tells us that investors are still worried about Greece and also how falling oil prices are still affecting the US markets.

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  • WBR: Time for better aircraft tracking? 30 Dec 14

    Tue, 30 Dec 14

    Duration:
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    AirAsia finally finds the wreckage of flight QZ8501, but why did it take three days? With Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 missing for 10 months, we ask whether airlines should improve how they track their aircraft. Also, we report from Lithuania as the country's dairy farmers get caught up in the sanctions war between Russia and Europe. A new smartphone app is promising to make it easier for blind commuters to navigate London's underground metro network - we test it out before it undergoes full trials. Plus, the dark side of Disney - why the usually family-friendly entertainment giant has released a film about death, bribery and infidelity.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 29 Dec 14

    Mon, 29 Dec 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

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    Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New York told us how US markets reacted to news of the political crisis in Greece.

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  • WBR: Greek snap election sparks bailout fears 29 Dec 14

    Mon, 29 Dec 14

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    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is forced into calling a snap general election after fellow MPs rejected, for a third time, his nomination for presidential candidate. With anti-austerity party Syriza leading in the polls, there are fears the election's result could jeopardise the country's bailout package, negotiated with the EU and IMF in return for strict spending cuts. We ask Syriza MP Zoe Konstantopoulou what her party would do if it wins power. As Greece moves to the edge of the eurozone, Lithuania is about to become a new member. So is it a good time to join? We have a special report from Vilnius. And what was it like to be a central banker during the 2008 financial crisis? We hear from two of the most important - former US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King.

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