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  • WBR: France Defies Brussels Over Deficit 01 Oct 14

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    France defies Brussels - and says it can't afford to keep its promises on austerity. We hear how the country's EU partners will react. Also in the programme, the world's best and worst places to be if you're retired. Plus, fifty today but showing no sign of slowing down. What the bullet train did for Japan. And we hear why new water charges in Ireland are causing a flood of complaints.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 30 Sep 14

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

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    Shares in eBay rise almost 8 percent on news that it will split off its PayPal business. Steven Bertoni, associate editor and technology specialist at Forbes magazine in New York, tells us why they are doing this now. Microsoft reveals the name of its next operating system - Windows 10. Our technology correspondent Richard Taylor was at the event in San Francisco. And as Netflix funds its first feature length film, media analyst Rich Greenfeld tells us they may have started a shake-up of the cinema industry.

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  • WBR: Apple's Irish tax deal investigated 30 Sept 14

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

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    28 mins

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    Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland come under scrutiny as the European Commission opens an investigation into whether the tech giant was effectively given state aid by Dublin. As pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Hong Kong, we hear the latest protest voices and ask whether the former colony's declining economic influence is fuelling the unrest. Plus, a sprinkling of accounting fairy dust helps Kenya increase the size of its economy by 25% overnight. And online TV and film streaming company Netflix announces plans for its first film release, which will be launched online and in select cinemas on the same day. We ask whether it's another nail in the coffin for the cinema industry.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 29 Sept 14

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

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    As civic protests continue in Hong Kong, Peter Jankovskis from OakBrook Investments in Chicago explains how they're affecting Wall Street.

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  • WBR: Protesters Defiant Amid Hong Kong Stand-Off 29 Sept 14

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

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    We consider the protests implications for Hong Kong as a global financial hub. As the 'Bond King' Bill Gross leaves his job, we ask if the heyday of the superstar fund manager is over. A study of African governance indicates standards are improving. We talk to the businessman behind the project, Mo Ibrahim. Plus, we look at the latest in online advertising technology, which allows different products to be placed in the same video, targeted at different parts of the world. Finally, our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway asks why in the era of online restaurant reviews, we are not all reviewing our employers.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 26 Sept 14

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

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    Nike gives Wall Street a boost. Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments gives his view on the day's trading.

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  • WBR: 'Shellshock' bug fear 26 Sept 14

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

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    There's growing concern over what's being described as a 'deadly' new internet threat - the Shellshock bug - which hackers have been trying to exploit in attacks on websites and servers. Canada and the European Union sign a landmark free trade agreement, but there are concerns it's undemocratic. Plus, as food prices spiral around the world, the BBC's Samira Hussain reports on the resourceful New Yorkers who search through rubbish for discarded, but perfectly edible, food. Plus, there's our usual round-up of the week's big stories, from Apple's latest woes to the offer of unlimited holiday.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Sept 14

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

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    The latest on the US stock markets with Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall Street.

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  • WBR: A bruising for Apple 25 Sept 14

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

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    A series of blunders leaves Apple's reputation bruised, but it doesn't seem to have had an impact on sales. We talk to Ken Segall, who worked with apple founder Steve Jobs, and ask how damaging a time it has been for the tech giant. We hear from the co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, and ask why the company has ventured into the controversial world of virtual currency Bitcoin. One year on from the deadly terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre, we hear how Kenya's private security industry is booming. Plus, the boss of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson, has become the latest to adopt an "unlimited vacation policy" for some of his staff. We talk to a New York firm that's been using the policy for years, and ask just how much holiday its staff now take.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 24 Sept 14

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

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    Europe's second biggest airline Air France KLM backs down over a pilots' strike costing the company 25 million dollars a day. Plus, the latest on the stock market movements in the US, with Cary Leahy from Decision Economics.

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  • WBR: A new frontier for India in space 24 Sept 14

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    An Indian space probe enters orbit around Mars. Can the country export its technology? Has Air France abandoned plans to develop its budget brand in Europe? The government says yes, Air France says no. Also in the programme, we hear why a bold new Chinese eco-city is more like a ghost city. Plus, the Canadian entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on demand for genuine wasabi.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 24 Sept 14

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

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    The latest on stocks and share movements in the US, with Jo Saluzzi from Themis Trading in the US.

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  • WBR: 'Crucial' climate talks begin

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

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    World leaders gather for a 'crucial' UN climate change summit. Will it herald new action on greenhouse gasses? We hear how inaction could further threaten the world's food supplies. Also in the programme, trees for cash - Norway gives Liberia development aid in return for ending deforestation. And as the White House reveals a plan to crack down on corporate tax avoidance - so-called inversions - we ask whether it will it work and what big deals it could scupper. Plus, the moment a Cambodian garment worker came face to face with something she had made being sold on London's Oxford Street.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update - 22 Sept 14

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

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    As Apple sells 10 million of its new iPhone 6 handsets over the weekend, we speak to Chris Low at FTN Financial in New York to see what the markets thought of the feat.

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  • WBR: Tesco's Missing Money, 22 Sept 14

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

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    The supermarket giant Tesco reveals it's overstated its expected half year profit by over four hundred million dollars. Also, is coal really no longer an economically viable investment? And Russia talks of 'unplugging' from the internet.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 19 Sep 14

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

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    Were US markets watching the outcome of the Scottish referendum? Russell Cleveland, President of RENN Capital group in Dallas tell us they were instead fixated on the biggest initial public offering in history, as Alibaba was listed in New York.

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  • WBR: Scotland votes no to independence 19 Sept 14

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

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    As Scottish voters choose to remain part of the UK, Scots from the country's biggest industries tell us what they think should happen now and if they feel like this will still herald a change in direction for the 44% who voted for independence. The economic aftermath is mulled over in our studio with Gordon Macintyre Kemp - the leader of the pro-independence Business for Scotland group -- and Colin Borland, the head of external affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses. We also hear reaction from around the world - Australia, Spain and Canada - to the result.

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  • WBR Wall Street Update 18 Sep 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

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    As US markets wait to hear the opening price for Alibaba, Cary Leahy from Decision Economics in New York gives his assessment on how the stock might perform.

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  • WBR: Alibaba prepares to float in NY 17 Sept 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

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    The Chinese internet company Alibaba is about to announce its share price ahead of its flotation on the New York stock exchange. It could be the biggest ever IPO in terms of value. We ask if it's worth it. Also, Google is being called a 'platform for piracy' by Rupert Murdoch. We ask why the media baron is asking the European Commission to adopt a more robust approach when it comes to the internet search engine. We take a look at carbon taxes for businesses, after a UN report says that harmful greenhouse gases globally are at record levels. Finally, we look at a new app in the US which can read the barcode of whatever you are buying, and tell you if the money ends up funding a political party or a cause you don't support.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Sep 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

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    The US Federal Reserve calls time on its massive programme of economic stimulus. Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago brings us reaction from the markets. Plus, a US perspective on Scottish independence from a former economic advisor to President Obama, Prof. Austan Goolsbee.

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  • WBR: Scottish business on independence 17 Sept 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    With voting in the Scottish independence referendum just hours away, we ask the country's small businesses about their hopes and fears for the outcome. Meanwhile, supporters of independence for Catalonia in Spain are holding their breath ahead of the Scottish vote - we have a report from the streets of Barcelona. Plus, we take a look inside the mind of Jack Ma, founder of the world's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, as it gears up for its stock market listing. And how munching your dinner could do more than just fill you up - we speak to an inventor of a chin strap that can generate energy from chewing.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Sep 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

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    Alibaba - dubbed the Chinese version of eBay - prepares to go public on the US market. Doug McIntyre from Financial Advisors 24/7 Wall Street in New York gives his analysis on the upcoming launch.

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  • WBR: Scottish independence currency debate 16 Sep 14

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Scottish independence debate hots up. With one day until the referendum, we ask what currency Scots will use if they vote "yes". Also in the programme, as the US steps up its efforts to counter Ebola, how useful will American troops be to West African countries hit by the disease? And we explore why so few women are employed in the technology sector.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Sept 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

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    Nervousness over Tuesday's Fed meeting and concerns over Scotland's independence vote hit Wall Street, as Robert Brusca of Fact and Opinion Economics explained.

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  • WBR: Microsoft buys Minecraft maker for $2.5bn 15 Sep 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

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    So how will it make money from the popular computer game? World environmental campaigners ask philanthropists to step in to avert climate change. We hear from one of the campaign organisers. As Google launches its $100 Android One handset, we explore the battle for the smartphone market in India. Can it see off the competition? Also in the programme, we examine the possible economic gains of the European Space Agency's upcoming attempt to land a probe on a comet for the first time ever. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway gives us her view on perfecting a sales pitch.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

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    Rumours that eBay might be targeted by Google led to a rise in tech shares on Wall Street, as Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading explains.

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  • WBR: Fresh Sanctions Against Russia 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

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    The US and EU impose a new round of sanctions on Russia, despite a shaky ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors are being targeted. Also, ahead of Sweden's election this weekend, we assess if the stubbornly high unemployment rate might see the country's government change. We report on 'aquaponics' - a method of growing food using a water supply linked to a fish tank. Plus we look back at the week's biggest business stories with Jesse Eisinger, senior reporter at ProPublica in New York and Katie Martin, markets editor at the Wall Street Journal in London.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 September 2014

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

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    Wall Street reacts to President Obama's proposals to tackle the threat of Islamic State.

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  • WBR: Tackling Terrorist Finances 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

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    The US government launches a new international campaign to defeat Islamic State, with the group's funding a key target. The man who masterminded the Bush administration's efforts to combat Al Qaeda - Jimmy Gurule - tells us IS will be a much tougher opponent. With just a week to go until the Scottish Independence Referendum, we ask whether a "yes" vote could signal huge capital flight out of Scotland. Following a warning from French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, that the country's far-right National Front is at the "gates of power", we ask British economist Roger Bootle how the rise of such parties in Europe is putting pressure on the founding principles of the EU. Plus, we talk to the man trying to sell the world's most expensive parking spaces - priced at a cool $1mn each - and we take a look at the jobs crisis in Atlantic City, where casino closures have seen seen one quarter of the city's workforce lose their jobs within a month.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 September 2014

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    Microsoft is set to buy the maker of the computer game Minecraft according to the Wall Street Journal and U2 have given away their new album for free.

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  • WBR: Britain's Leaders Rush to Scotland 10 Sep 14

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

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    Opinion polls ahead of Scotland's independence vote appear to show an increase in support for independence. British Prime Minister David Cameron and other national political leaders have headed north to try to convince Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. British economist Michael Hughes and Brian Lucey, former economist at the Irish central bank, debate the merits of Scotland going it alone. Also Emilio Botin, chairman of Santander Bank, has died - we take a look at the man credited with transforming the company from a domestic Spanish lender into one of the world's biggest banks. Finally chief executive of video hosting site Vimeo, Kerry Trainor, talks about net neutrality and the threat of inequality in cyberspace.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 9 September 2014

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

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    We hear from the US on the big launch of Apple's new smartwatch and phones. And Joe Saluzzi us Themis Trading tells us what investors made of it.

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  • WBR: Carbon's threat to the world 09 Sep 14

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    A new study says the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is at a record high. We'll ask if business is doing enough to avert environmental catastrophe. We'll hear what Russia stands to gain, and lose, if it bans European flights in retaliation for sanctions. And the indigenous tribes of Peru who say their futures are threatened by illegal logging.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 8 September 2014

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    We get reaction from Ukraine on the new package of sanctions against Russia that have been agreed by EU ambassadors in Brussels. Chris Low from FTN Financial tells us how Wall Street is reacting to the news.

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  • WBR: Business and Scottish independence 08 Sept 14

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    The stock markets react to the impending vote on Scottish independence. We also bring you news of the latest round of EU sanctions against Russia. The new Apple iPhone 6 is to be launched - we take a look at the company's involvement in wearable tech, and the features of the new handset. And finally, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us that we apologise far too much at work.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 05 Aug 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    Peter Jankovskis from OakBrook Investments in Chicago tells us how Wall Street responded to weaker than expected jobs figures.

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  • WBR: Ukraine Ceasefire Announced 5 Sept 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    A ceasefire has been agreed in Ukraine, as the EU weighs more sanctions against Russia. We analyse the impact of further economic sanctions on the Russian economy. A new secure system to protect people doing online banking will use a scan of the veins in their finger to authenticate their identity. Barclays Bank tells World Business Report about its new technology and Robert Schifreen, a former hacker who is now a computer security consultant, gives us his opinion of the device. And if you have ever wondered where many used cars get a second life, you will probably find the answer in Benin. The small west African country has become one of the main destinations for second-hand cars and trucks, from Europe and North America. Every month, about 25,000 vehicles arrive in Benin, but their ultimate destination is usually Nigeria. You can hear the BBC's Sophie Ribstein report from Benin's commercial capital Cotonou.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 04 Sept 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    Campaigners in Louisiana react to the news that BP has been found grossly negligent regarding the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. And Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York tells us how the news affected Wall Street.

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  • WBR: ECB cuts rates and launches stimulus 4 Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

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    Europe's central bank has acted to try to breathe new life into the continent's sickly economy. We ask whether the measures - which include the launch of an asset purchase programme - could cause more problems than they solve. Also a US judge has ruled that BP was 'grossly negligent' and guilty of reckless conduct in the lead-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Plus a friend of Jerome Kerviel talks about how the former French banker convicted of a huge fraud during his time at Societe Generale has survived his five months in jail and what his plans are now. And Lego's chief financial officer John Goodwin tells us how it's managed to become the world's biggest toy company - and denies some of its Lego kits are sexist.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 03 Sept 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

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    France says it's suspending the delivery of an aircraft carrier to Russia as the political turmoil in Ukraine continues. Former French government adviser Francois Heisbourg tells us why it's a clever move by France. And Cary Leahy from Decision Economics tells us how US markets reacted to news of a possible ceasefire in the crisis.

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  • WBR: Hopes Grow For Ceasefire In Eastern Ukraine 3 Sep 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

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    We explore the economic impact of the conflict so far, with a Russian investor in Ukraine. Also in this edition, the 3,000 litre T-shirt. The world's cotton farmers are told to stop wasting so much water. Plus, why the French are getting meaner with their tips.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 Sep 14

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

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    Court proceedings begin in Detroit to try and reslove the city's bankruptcy crisis. Quinn Klinefelter from local radio station WDET was at the hearing and gave us the latest. Plus Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey rounds up US market movements.

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  • World Business Report: New London Airport Plan Shelved 2 Sep 14

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
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    We debate the merits of airport expansion. Can it ever be sustainable? Also in the programme, we talk to the human rights campaigner who faces jail for claiming workers in Thailand are being abused. The taxi app Uber defies another legal ban, this time in Germany. Plus, Motor City becomes Drought City. How bankrupt Detroit's water supply dried up along with its mone

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