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  • WBR: Wall Street Journal 19 Dec 14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    We take a look at the markets with Jim Lebenthal from Lebenthal Asset Management in New York.

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  • WBR: Nigeria Suffers From Falling Oil Price 19 Dec 14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    Nigeria's currency, the naira, has fallen to a record low value this week. We look at how Africa's largest economy has suffered hard from the global fall in oil prices. Skype is introducing a new real-time translating service - the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains how it could be useful beyond the realm of overseas romance. And we speak to the founder of board game Market Madness, to find out why risking financial crises and stock market crashes has become a hit. Finally, we discuss the week's biggest global business stories with Devindra Hardawar from Engadget in New York and Oliver Ralph from the Financial Times in London.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 18 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

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    9 mins

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    Doug McIntyre at the financial website 24/7 Wall Street tells us why in points terms, the Dow had its biggest one-day gain for almost three years. Also on this update, could Africa's Kariba Dam on the Zambezi provide a blueprint for hydroelectric power around the world? Lucy Burton has been finding out.

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  • WBR: Apple 'failing to protect Chinese workers' 18 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

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    22 mins

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    A BBC investigation has exposed poor working conditions at factories in China producing for electronics giant Apple. Reporter Richard Bilton tells us what he discovered. Also Europe ramps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, just as President Putin tries to reassure the world that his country's economic crisis will subside. The EU's most senior court rules that obese people could be entitled to the same protection at work as disabled people. We hear from a clinically obese fitness instructor who campaigns on behalf of overweight and obese people. And the enduring legacy of Winston Churchill as his personal possessions attract big bids at auction.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

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    Cuban-American author Christina Garcia tells us why the new thawing of relations between Washington and Havana will prompt a very mixed reaction amongst her Cuban family. And Doug McIntyre from financial website 24/7 Wall Street gives his analysis of the day's trading and the reaction to the closer ties between Cuba and the US.

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  • WBR: 'New Chapter' in US-Cuba Ties 17 Dec 14

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

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    As these once most bitter of enemies agree to establish closer relationship, we assess the economic impact. We talk to John Kavulich, Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council in New York, and Pedro Feyre, an expert in Cuban-American legal relations at Columbia Law School. Plus, frantic buying in the shops and a rush to withdraw cash from banks. We hear the latest on Russia's currency crisis. Also in the programme, crash tests on seven popular Indian car models found them to be unsafe. How much will it cost to make them safer? And finally, they're renowned as one of nature's biggest aphrodisiacs. But we'll hear how oysters are facing a distinctly unromantic threat: Herpes.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    As the Russian rouble continues to fall against the dollar we assess the wider impact on the markets with Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, more on industrial action at ports on the western coast of the United States from Angela Greiling Keane, White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News.

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  • WBR: Rouble in free-fall despite rate rise 16 Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    Russia's currency plunges despite emergency efforts to shore it up. So who's to blame? McDonalds in Japan is running low on French fries - and it's all because of industrial action in the US. Also in the programme, small businesses in Spain are braced for a dramatic rise in their rents. And, the success of a Peruvian-born British teddy bear: why Paddington still sells after all these years.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Dec 14

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    As the Russian central bank raises its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, we get the latest from our Business reporter Rob Young. Plus, more on the day's US market news with Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.

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  • WBR: Japan Election Win Analysis 15 Dec 14

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    But what will it take to wake the world's third largest economy from its 20 year sleep? Much of Belgium has ground to a halt, with strikes and demonstrations against government austerity plans. We talk to businesses affected by the disruptions. Also in the programme, the challenges of rebuilding the fishing industry in southern India, ten years after a devastating tsunami. Plus, we ask whether western governments are helping fund animal cruelty. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times considers whether fearlessness could be bad for us.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 Dec 14

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

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    Oil and stocks post further falls in US trading - Jim Lebenthal from Lebenthal Asset Management in New York gives his take on the day's events.

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  • WBR: Has Wall Street Won Out over Washington? 12 Dec 14

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

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    Has Wall Street won out over Washington? We get the view from the US, after a last ditch deal on spending includes the controversial repeal of bank controls drawn up in the wake of the financial crisis. Also, it's tasty, nutritious and super-fashionable in the West, but the increasing popularity of quinoa is proving difficult to stomach in Bolivia - the BBC's Katy Watson explains why. In Mumbai, cinema-goers are celebrating another celluloid love story, as a smash hit Bollywood movie celebrates one thousand consecutive weeks in theatres. And in our weekly discussion, Mark Gilbert of Bloomberg and David Freedman of the Altlantic discuss the economy in Greece, the internet in Spain, and the difficulty we all face in finishing books.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 Dec 14

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

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    Wall Street cheers the latest US retail sales figures. Cary Leahy at Decision Economics in New York brings us his view on the day's trading.

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  • WBR: Russia Raises Interest Rates

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

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    27 mins

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    Russia's central bank has hiked interest rates by one full percentage point in response to the falling rouble - the Russian currency has lost nearly 50% of its value against the dollar this year. We hear from the streets of Moscow on what this means for ordinary Russians, as well as from a Russian economist on where the economy is heading. A long-simmering row between newspaper publishers and Google has just exploded again, with Google pulling the plug on its Google News service in Spain - we get the latest from Madrid. A new study suggests there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, weighing a total of nearly 270,000 tons. A Greenpeace scientist gives their view. And, do you struggle to finish a book? If so, don't worry, you are not alone. New research has highlighted the books that most people struggle to finish.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 Dec 14

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

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    US equities slipped lower as oil continued to fall - Doug McIntyre from financial website 24/7 Wall Street gives his analysis of the day's trading.

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  • WBR: France Announces Tentative Economic Reform 10 Dec 14

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Will the country's economic problems consign its easy-going social model to history? Also, the cost of collusion: Hudson Institute economist Dr Irwin Stelzer explains how the giants of Silicon Valley were caught operating a cartel to keep wages low. We find out why so many people in Malaysia are finding it hard to save for their retirement. Finally, the selling power of 'selfies' - we find out from social media strategist Carolyn Blunt how companies are trying to cash in on the popularity of people taking pictures of themselves, and talk to Neil Harvey who is making money by selling "Selfie Pods", which make it easier for you to take pictures of yourself.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 09 Dec 14

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

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    As worries over political stability and the economy resurface in Greece, we assess the wider impact on markets with Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey.

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  • WBR: Greek Presidential vote brought forward 09 Dec 14

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

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    Political uncertainty in Greece risks plunging the eurozone back into crisis. We find out what's at stake with economist Roger Bootle and Philip Pangelos, Athens correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Russia resumes its gas supplies to Ukraine - but will it make life any easier for people living there? Also in the programme, it's UN International anti-corruption day - we hear how it's being marked in Liberia, from activist Robtel Neajai Pailey, who has written a children's book called 'Gbagba', about the evils of corruption. Plus the BBC's Elizabeth Hotson reports on what it takes to make independent films in Latin America.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 08 Dec 14

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

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    11 mins

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    As Prince William talks about the global trafficking of wildlife to an audience at the World Bank, Peter Knights from campaign group WildAid tells us what's being done to stamp out the trade in illegal ivory. And Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago gives us his analysis of the day's markets news.

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  • WBR: Prince William attacks illegal ivory trade 08 Dec 14

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

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    The illegal trade in ivory has grown - much of it down to Chinese demand. The UN says that over the last decade, the number of elephants killed has doubled and the amount of ivory seized has tripled. Today, Prince William has been tackling the issue at a meeting of the World Bank in New York. We get reaction from an antiques specialist and a conservationist. We'll also hear from our reporter in Delhi where an Uber minicab driver has been accused of rape. The online taxi service has now been banned from the Indian capital. Plus, would you invest in art from the Middle East? The auction houses Christies and Sothebys have consolidated their presence in the region - and their auctions routinely break records. We ask what the buzz is about. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway muses over whether dating apps could be useful when it comes to getting that job.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 05 Dec 14

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

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    Better than expected jobs figures from the US push the Dow back into record territory.

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  • WBR: Russia "behaving as terrorist state" 05 Dec 14

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

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    27 mins

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    Russia is "behaving as a terrorist state," according to the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite. She also told the BBC's Vishala Sri-Pathma that she welcomed President Vladimir Putin's announcement this week that he was shelving a multi-billion dollar project to build a pipeline to pump Russian gas into South East Europe. Also, the International Labour Organisation finds wages are stagnating in the developed world - we hear it's because companies are pouring their money into the financial markets rather than sharing it with their employees. Plus, the man responsible for the Vatican's finances has found hundreds of millions of euros "tucked away off balance sheets". It means the Holy See's finances are better than expected. We have more on that story and all the latest from the financial markets.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 04 Dec 14

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

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    US investors ponder Europe's chances of recovery as Dow slips slightly from previous day's record high

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  • WBR: Putin warns Russians of hard times 4 Dec 14

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned of difficult economic times ahead in his state of the nation address. We analyse whether he can rescue the country's economy. Also the US has contributed more than $100bn in taxpayers' money to the reconstruction of Afghanistan. We ask US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko if the money has been wisely spent. And we hear from the entrepreneurial Italian academic who got so fed up waiting for his local telephone company to connect up his small village near Turin that he went ahead and set up a link of his own.

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  • WBR: UK announces "Google tax" 03 Dec 14

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

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    28 mins

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    The British government unveils what's being called the "Google Tax" - a plan to increase tax on multinational companies who try to divert profits from the UK to other jurisdictions. Will it inspire other governments to follow suit? The Greek prime minister slams the austerity demands of his country's lenders as "irrational" as he discusses his country's next budget. We ask if Greece could survive without those lenders. Plus, a Zambian entrepreneur tells us her hopes for her country's future, half a century on from independence.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 Dec 14

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
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    Joe Saluzzi, partner at Themis Trading in New Jersey tells us what had caught his eye today on the markets. We also speak to Janet Davies, a graduate recruiter who says she has concerns about a new recruitment application which works a bit like a dating app. She thinks Selfiejobs could put too much emphasis on how candidates look.

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  • WBR: Could artificial intelligence end humanity? 02 Dec 14

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

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    Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world's leading scientists, warns that artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race" - we find out why. Plus, Europe's flagship space rocket project gets a major funding boost - we talk to the boss of Arianespace, Stephane Israel. Also in the programme, we hear why President Putin has announced plans to abandon a gas pipeline project that would have served Europe, in favour of a new gas hub in Turkey. And we speak to Martin Tall, chief executive of 'Selfiejobs', a mobile phone app which lets people apply for jobs by uploading a 'selife'. But will a candidate's looks become more important than their experience and ability to actually do the job?

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 01 Dec 14

    Mon, 1 Dec 14

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    With the fluctuating oil price still the hot topic on the trading floors - we speak to Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago. We also hear about a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures which has disabled computer systems and published un-released films online. More on that from the BBC's Technology reporter Dave Lee.

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  • WBR: Climate talks hit by oil price slide? 01 Dec 14

    Mon, 1 Dec 14

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    Key climate change talks are taking place in Lima, Peru - will 10,000 delegates from almost 200 countries come to a lasting deal on cutting emissions? And what impact will the falling price of oil have on the negotiations? Meanwhile, there are concerns that the slump in oil values could lead to mass bankruptcies in the US shale oil and gas sector, potentially leading to another global financial crisis. Protests hit the streets of France - this time it's business groups marching to see the end of red tape. And Lucy Kellaway takes issue with coffee-based chats.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 28 Nov 14

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

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    The US markets had a half-day holiday following Thanksgiving. Robert Brusca from Fact and Opinion Economics in New York told us of the potential impact of oil prices.

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  • WBR: Black Friday's shopping bonanza goes global, 28 Nov 14

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

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    Black Friday - not the name of the latest Hollywood horror movie, although for many the experience is pretty horrific. It is actually the day straight after Thanksgiving in the US when shoppers flock to malls hunting bargains and Christmas presents. And the German engineering giant ThyssenKrupp is developing an elevator that moves sideways, as well as up and down.

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  • WBR: Spain corruption crackdown 27 Nov 14

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
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    Spain's prime minister reveals a new plan to tackle corruption, after a string of scandals involving politicians, business and even the Spanish royal family. So will Mariano Rajoy's clean up campaign work? Also, it's Thanksgiving - and that means pumpkin pie for millions of US households. But is there really any excuse for pumpkin beer and pumpkin hummus? How an iconic American fruit fell victim to commercialisation.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 26 Nov 14

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
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    Ahead of Thanksgiving, US markets were quiet but Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall Street was concerned that the unseasonal snow would have an adverse effect on holiday retail.

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  • WBR: EU vote to 'break up' Google 26 Nov 14

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

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    The European Parliament is set to vote on a proposal to break up Google to reduce its online dominance, splitting its search function from its other products and services. We talk to one of the MEPs behind the proposals, and an opponent from a US tech industry association. Also as oil prices tumble ahead of Thursday's keenly-watched OPEC meeting we ask why the people of India - one of the world's biggest oil importers - are failing to feel the benefits. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announces a 300bn-euro plan to attach "jump leads" to Europe's misfiring economic motor. And we pay tribute to former World Business Report presenter Sally Hardcastle, who has died at the age of 69.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Oct 14

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

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    Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey takes us through the US market news. Plus - Nigeria's central bank devalues it's currency. We find out why.

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  • WBR: US introduces menu calorie counts 25 Nov 14

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

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    Restaurants and shops in the United States are instructed to tell consumers how many calories are in their food. We ask if it's enough to reverse the country's obesity epidemic, and gauge the businesses reaction. Pope Francis has called his adopted continent - Europe - elderly and haggard, and a less important part of the world than it was. His speech to the European Parliament came after the latest report from the OECD suggested the weak eurozone economy posed a major threat to global growth. China says it wants to ban smoking in public places, but with 300 million smokers and a powerful tobacco lobby, it could be a tough job. And we hear how YouTube is investing millions of dollars in creating the social media stars of the future, by setting up professional studios to create the next money-spinning viral videos.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 24 Oct 14

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
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    A mainly positive day for US markets, but further energy price falls remain possible. Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook investments in Chicago brings today's market report.

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  • WBR Terrorist ransom ban for insurers 24 Nov 14

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
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    Britain plans to ban insurance firms from covering ransoms paid to terrorist organisations in a bid to cut the amount of money Islamic State raises from kidnaps. Talks over Iran's nuclear programme fail to reach an agreement, which means sanctions are still in place, but we'll here how companies are lining up to invest in the country. Are there too many smartphone apps on the market? The BBC's Robert Champion went to the Apps World conference in London to find out if we have reached 'peak app'. Plus, as banks involved in the rigging or fixing of the foreign exchange market are forced to pay hefty fines, what is it actually like to work as a foreign exchange trader? Our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway reflects on her time in the profession and what she thinks has, and has not, changed.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 21 Nov 14

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

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    Wall Street reacts to a cut in US interest rates

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  • WBR: Copper mining in Zambia 21 Nov 14

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

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    We take a trip down a Zambian copper mine and talk to the industry's winners and losers in Africa's biggest copper producer. The BBC's Lucy Burton reports from deep inside the Mopani mine in Zambia's 'copper belt' and finds out about its impact on a neighbouring village. Also, we take a look back over the week in business and get the latest from the financial markets.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 20 Nov 14

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

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    As the US Congress continues to question representatives from Wall Street banks about exposing taxpayers to 'catastrophic' risks by dabbling in commodities, we hear from Pedro da Costa in Washington. He's a financial reporter for the Wall Street Journal who's following the hearing. And for the investor's view on all this we speak to Cary Leahey at Decision Economics in New York.

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  • WBR: Banks criticised for 'exploiting' metals 20 Nov 14

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

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    The US Congress grills Wall Street banks for exposing taxpayers to 'catastrophic' risks by dabbling in commodities like oil and aluminium. Also computer experts warn a Russian website is accessing web cameras in homes and offices around the world and broadcasting live images. And can Turkmenistan provide the answers to Europe's gas headache?

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