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BBC World Business Report

Analysis of the big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers and investors. Broadcast on weekdays.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 27 Mar 15

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    2 mins

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    Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York on an increase in the oil price due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.

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  • WBR: Nigeria Decides, 27 Mar 15

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    27 mins

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    As Nigerians get ready to vote, we ask how badly Africa's biggest economy has been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, and whether the next president will be able to restore international investor confidence. We speak to the boss of a mobile payments company in the capital, Lagos, and also a textile businessman in the northern city of Kano about their election hopes. The US state of Indiana is threatened with a trade boycott over a new law that many see as a way to allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. We hear from those trying to promote the state capital for conventions and tourism. In the era of digital downloads, how do modern musicians make their money - we have a special report.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 26 Mar 15

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    Renewed tension in the Middle East is taking its toll on the financial markets. Oil prices have been volatile, and shares lower, after a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia says its air strikes have destroyed the Houthi combat and control centre in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia accuses Iran, which is overwhelmingly Shia, of backing the rebels in their efforts to overthrow the Yemeni government. Mike Johnson asked Cary Leahy of Decision Economics about the effect on the markets. But first, Kate Dourian, senior editor at the Middle East Economic Survey in Dubai - how big a threat did she think the conflict was to international oil supplies?

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  • WBR: Germanwings 'deliberate' crash, 26 Mar 15

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    French prosecutors say the co-pilot on Germanwings flight 9525 appeared to want to "destroy the plane", so what are the implications for security in the airline industry following the tragedy in the French Alps? Oil prices jump and market shares trade lower after a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launches air strikes in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels. Twitter joins the live video streaming race, taking on Meerkat - the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tells us why the battle is being so fiercely fought. We hear how a lack of electricity is short-circuiting the ambitions of entrepreneurs in the west African nation of Ghana. And our regular commentator, Irwin Stelzer, of the Hudson Institute in Washington, talks us through the impact of so-called 'disruptive technologies'.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Mar 15

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    As Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil-field services company, agrees to pay $232.7 million for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan, we speak to Nicole Hong, Legal Reporter for the Wall Street Journal for the latest on the government’s extended crackdown on companies doing business with countries the U.S. has declared off limits. We also hear from Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey on latest from the US markets.

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  • WBR: Heinz Kraft Merger Creates New food Giant

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    28 mins

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    It's the latest mega-merger in the world of food as Heinz reveals plans to merge with Kraft. We'll hear how the deal is being driven by a desire to cut costs, as many people demand fresher, less processed food. Nigerians will be voting for a new government this weekend. We speak to Oseun Odewale, a prominent opposition party member, about the huge issue of corruption in his country. Facebook is in talks with major news publishers like the The New York Times and BuzzFeed to include their content directly within the site’s pages. So does Facebook want to become the new internet? Josh Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University gives us his assessment.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 24 Mar 15

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street discusses the markets with Susannah Streeter

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  • WBR: French Alps Plane Crash 24 Mar 15

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    28 mins

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    Accident investigators look for answers as to why a Germanwings Airbus A320 travelling between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashed in the French Alps. One of the black boxes has been found, what answers will it provide? Also, could a widely used weedkiller cause cancer in humans - a UN health organisation thinks it's probable, but Monsanto the manufacturers say that's not true. They're on the programme. And for the first time in 40 years, there's zero inflation in the UK. A blessing or a curse?

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 23 Mar 15

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

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    As Italian tyre firm Pirelli - races into Chinese ownership, we turn to the BBC's David Willey in Rome for the reaction within the country. Meanwhile, Greece and Germany are back in talks about Greece's debt problems - the BBC's Europe Business reporter Nigel Cassidy gives us his analysis on the negotiations. Turning to the US, Doug McIntyre from financial news website 24/7 Wall Street gives us his take on the the day's trading.

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  • WBR: Tyre Maker Pirelli bought by Chinese 23 Mar 15

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

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    Iconic Italian tyre firm Pirelli races into Chinese ownership The company's chief executive tells us why he thinks it's "good news" for all involved. Also in the programme, as Singapore mourns the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, we examine his economic legacy. Plus, with Paris trying to combat a serious pollution problem, we ask whether measures the city is taking, including free public transport, will lead to clearer skies. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway asks whether how you look can actually affect your performance.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 20 Mar 15

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

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    The NASDAQ closes above 5,000 just hours after the FTSE reached a new record high of 7,000 in London. So why are markets so buoyant? We turn to Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York for today’s market report. Plus - Spanish bank Sabadell says it has big plans for future growth after agreeing a $2.5bn takeover of UK lender TSB. If approved, it would be the latest in a string of acquisitions at home and abroad. We hear from Sebastian Albella at Linklaters in Madrid on how the bank survived the financial crisis.

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  • WBR: Spain's banks stage comeback 20 March 2015

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

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    Spanish bank Sabadell says it has big plans for future growth after agreeing a $2.5bn takeover of UK lender TSB. If approved, it would be the latest in a string of acquisitions at home and abroad. So just how did Sabadell weather a financial storm that left many other Spanish banks in near ruins? We speak to Sabadell chairman Josep Oliu. Plus, as the EU maintains sanctions on Russia over the fighting in eastern Ukraine, we have reflections from citizens on both sides of the border. And in our Friday round-up of the week's biggest stories we cover the Tunis museum attack, Greece, and One Direction with Charles Forelle, of the Wall Street Journal in London, and Matthew Bishop, of the Economist in New York.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 19 Mar 15

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

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    5 mins

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    The Dow falls as investors start betting on a US rate rise towards the end of the year. Robert Brusca at Fact and Opinion Economics in New York shares his analysis of today's trading.

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  • WBR: Soaring Swiss franc hurts industry 19 March 15

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

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    As the Swiss central bank halves its economic growth forecast for this year, we look at the Swiss firms shutting down and moving to cheaper locations in Austria and Slovakia because of the soaring value of the Swiss franc. With a solar eclipse on its way, we hear about why the natural phenomenon presents a bit a of a headache for the energy industry. Voters in Spain's southern region of Andalucía go to the polls this weekend, and the BBC's Guy Hedgecoe has a report on the lead-up to the most fiercely-contested regional elections in decades. Plus, hundreds of years ago Italy was the envy of the world when it came to expensive silks, but the industry has faded in recent decades in the face of competition from cheaper Chinese production. Now, though, there are efforts to once again make Italy a centre for silk production in Europe - and it's not just the fashion industries that will benefit.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 18 Mar 15

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

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    The US Federal Reserve shows signs they may raise interest rates in the near future. We get reaction from economist Chris Low at FTN Financial in New York and from the trading floor with Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, anti-austerity protests in Frankfurt as the European Central Bank unveils new headquarters. We talk to one of the protesters from the 'Blockupy' group.

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  • WBR: UK government delivers pre-election budget

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    We have comprehensive coverage of the UK budget, 50 days before a general election. Our reporter Lucy Burton takes the economic temperature on the UK high street, plus we have analysis from noted economist Roger Bootle and British pressure group the Taxpayers' Alliance. Also in the programme, there have been anti-austerity protests in Frankfurt at the unveiling of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank. We talk to one of the protesters from the group 'Blockupy'. And as a new pound coin is revealed in the UK, we hear from 15-year-old David Pearce who won a competition to have his design engraved on the back.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Mar 15

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

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    US markets nudge lower and oil drops again - Doug McIntyre from financial news website 24/7 Wall Street says some investors think rock bottom is still some way off.

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  • WBR: Remote island communities receive cyclone aid 17 Mar 15

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

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    28 mins

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    Days after Cyclone Pam hit the pacific nation of Vanuatu, we assess the economic impact. And the UN's Special Envoy for Climate Change tells us the disaster is a sign the world's weather system has changed. Avoiding another scandal - HSBC closes bank accounts in the British Channel Islands. We have a report from the BBC's Tom Bateman. Also in the programme, 800 business leaders and politicians from Africa are meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva. Africa Business Report's Matthew Davies reports from the Africa CEO Forum. Plus, the final resting place of the wandering Knight? Archaeologists in Spain's capital, Madrid, think they have found the burial place of novelist Cervantes. We consider the potential for Don Quixote-inspired literary tourism.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Mar 15

    Mon, 16 Mar 15

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    Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments on a buoyant day in the markets.

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  • WBR Is Mr Varoufakis losing his lustre? 16 Mar 15

    Mon, 16 Mar 15

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    Greece says it still has cash - as Yanis Varoufakis is accused of flaunting his wealth. We have analysis from Hugo Dixon at Reuters, and the perspective of Greek economist Costas Meghir. Israeli voters go to the polls tomorrow. We hear why the economy is centre stage during this election. Oxford University considers stopping investment in profitable fossil fuel companies. Our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times explains why she thinks being grumpy in the office is not necessarily a bad thing. And our reporter Elizabeth Hotson visits a specialist computer games event in London to find out what makes a successful game - from the INSIDE of a coffin...

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 13 Mar 15

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

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    Chris Low from FTN Financial reflects on a turbulent day on the US markets

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  • WBR: US concern over UK helping new Asian bank 13 Mar 15

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

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    The British Government claims its decision to join a new Asian infrastructure investment bank creates an unrivalled opportunity for the UK and Asia to invest and grow together. Are measures to tackle climate change working better than the world thought? Emissions of greenhouse gases stalled last year according to the International Energy Agency even though the global economy kept expanding. And one of the biggest events in European horse racing, the Cheltenham Festival, has come to an end today. Over the last four days a record number of people have attended the racing in the provincial English town, many of them from Ireland. We get a flavour of the sporting occasion that is becoming big business.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 Mar 15

    Thu, 12 Mar 15

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    Cary Leahey from Decision Economics gives his views on dollar/euro parity.

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  • WBR 12 Mar 15: Iceland's president warms to using Arctic resources

    Thu, 12 Mar 15

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    28 mins

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    The president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, says using Arctic resources should be "on the table." The government of Andorra has taken control of a bank accused of money laundering by the authorities in the USA. And Lohan Presencer, Chief Executive of Ministry of Sound, joins us to explain why he wants YouTube to erect a paywall and charge people to view music videos.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 Mar 15

    Wed, 11 Mar 15

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    The Federal Reserve announces the results of its latest stress test on banks. Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall St tells who came top of the class and who has to try harder.

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  • WBR: Chinese economy continued slowdown 12 Mar 15

    Wed, 11 Mar 15

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    26 mins

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    New data from China suggests the economy there is slowing; the BBC's Linda Yueh tells us what is going on. US commentator Irwin Stelzer looks forward to key stress tests for Wall Street banks. BBC presenter and world famous petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended - but what does it mean financially for the moneyspinner that is Top Gear? And veteran songwriter Neil Innes reflects on the blurred line between musical homage and theft.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 Mar 15

    Tue, 10 Mar 15

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    4 mins

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    It's been a turbulent day for share markets on both sides of the Atlantic. London's main index closed two and a half per cent lower, it's sharpest one-day fall for five months. In New York, the Dow didn't fare much better. Brian Tora at the stockbroker J M Finn and veteran Wall Street watcher Bob Brusca in New York give us their take on the day's trading.

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  • WBR: EU caps card handling charges 10 Mar 15

    Tue, 10 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    The price of plastic: Europe is restricting credit and debit card transaction costs. But who's going to benefit most - shops, or consumers? We have reaction from retailers, and the card payments industry. Also in the programme, tech shares in the US are approaching levels last seen in the dotcom boom, at the end of the last century. The BBC's Samira Hussein in New York finds out if a new bubble is inflating. And as a new luxury liner is launched by Queen Elizabeth, we ask its owner, Carnival Cruise Ships, if a 141,000 ton cruise ship can ever really be green. Plus, news of a new financial battle of the sexes, after Harry Potter star Emma Watson shared news of an awkward dinner date. Who should pay for a meal? Etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith fills us in.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 09 Mar 15

    Mon, 9 Mar 15

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    A positive day for shares in New York, as we hear from Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.

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  • WBR: European Central Bank kicks off QE

    Mon, 9 Mar 15

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    After months of speculation, the European Central Bank finally began its bond-buying - or QE programme - today. We hear from across Europe, as well as from economist Roger Bootle. The BBC's Phil Mercer reports from Sydney on the economics of surfing, while regular commentator Lucy Kellaway explains why today's executives can be prone to a witches' brew of pomposity, ego and overweening ambition.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 06 Mar 15

    Fri, 6 Mar 15

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    US employment data posts a strong performance but how was it received by markets? Chris Low from FTN Financial in New York gives his analysis of trading today.

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  • WBR: "Economy down by 20% in Eastern Ukraine" 06 MAR 15

    Fri, 6 Mar 15

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    The threat of more sanctions is hanging over Russia. Europe's foreign ministers have been meeting in the Latvian capital Riga today, amid heightened tension over the crisis in Ukraine. Yuriy Pavlenko, Ukraine's Minister for Agrarian Policy, tells the BBC how the fighting has affected output in Eastern Ukraine, while Dr Frank Schauff of the Association of European Businesses in Russia explains why he thinks tightening sanctions further is a bad idea. And Oliver Ralph of the Financial Times and Charlie Herman of WNYC Radio in New York chew over some of this week's big stories, including: the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow; the announcement by China's president that this year's growth target is seven percent, its lowest for 25 years; and the US lawsuit over Pharrell William’s and Robin Thicke’s 2013 megahit, Blurred Lines.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 05 Mar 15

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

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    All US banks pass a series of 'stress tests' designed by the Federal Reserve, to see how they would cope in an economic crisis. But what should we learn from the results? The BBC's Mike Johnson asks Cary Leahy at Decision Economics in New York.

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  • WBR: China cuts economic growth target 5 Mar 15

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

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    After decades of breakneck economic expansion, China has announced it is cutting its growth target for the year ahead. Seven per cent might sound a lot by western standards, but it would represent China's slowest growth rate for a quarter of a century. We ask Professor Rana Mitter, director of the China Centre at Oxford University, what this means for the Chinese government, and for the Chinese people. The BBC's Fergus Nicoll visits the coastal town of Nagapattinam, one of the Indian regions hardest hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami. And the BBC’s Vishala Sri-Pathma reports from Chennai on a growing challenge to one of the most important elements of traditional Indian marriages – the dowry.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 04 Mar 15

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    Exxon Mobil becomes the latest oil company to cut investment in new projects, because of the lower price of crude. Doug McIntyre from financial website 24/7 Wall Street says it's another sign that the consensus is shifting towards the price staying lower for longer.

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  • WBR: Ukraine mine explosion 04 Mar 15

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    In Ukraine, dozens of miners are feared dead after an explosion. Also in Ukraine the central bank hikes interest rates from 19% to 30%, in a dramatic attempt to shore up the country's currency. Plus Fergus Nicoll reports from Chennai in South India, first from a traditional dancefloor, and then from the set of a 'Tollywood' movie.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 03 Mar 15

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

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    Ukraine’s central bank raises interest rates to 30%. We ask Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey what effect this had on markets.

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  • WBR: Europe must work harder to reduce pollution - 03 Mar 15

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

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    Europe is urged to be tougher on greenhouse gases - but should targets be raised in an era of austerity? Also in the programme, Fergus Nicoll reports from the Indian city of Chennai on its ambitions to become a hi-tech 'smart' city. And as Singapore is named the world's most expensive city to live in, we talk to a resident about what it's like to live there.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 Mar 15

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

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    The Nasdaq climbs above the 5000 point level for the first time in almost 15 years

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  • WBR: Reaction to Boris Nemtsov murder 02 Mar 15

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

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    We speak to two people who interviewed Boris Nemtsov before his murder last week. They express shock and say it will be a worry for investors who are already concerned about politics. Plus, report from the world mobile technology conference in Los Angeles and the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music.

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