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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 31 Jul 14

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

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    Shares in Wall Street lose some of their recent gains because of worries about Argentina's debt and sanctions against Russia.

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  • WBR: Argentina defaults 31 July 14

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

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    Argentina has defaulted on its debts for the second time in 13 years. And shares in the Portugese bank Espirito Santo have collapsed amid concerns about bad debts.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 31 Jul 14

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

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    Argentina's Economy Minister announces that the country cannot come to an agreement over the repayment of its debts - leaving the country closer to its second debt default in 13 years. We get the latest reaction on the US stock markets to this news.

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  • WBR: Argentina on verge of default 30 July 14

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

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    Argentina hovers on the brink of a second debt default in 13 years. The Bank of England outlines plans to make bankers pay back their bonuses if risky trades go south, or even put the reckless ones in jail. Plus, as the UK sets out plans to be at the forefront of driverless car technology, we talk to the head of saefty at one of the safest car brands in the world - Volvo - about just how safe these vehicles are.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 29 Jul 14

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

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    President Obama announces that, along with the EU, tightened sanctions against Russia will be implemented. We hear what effect this will have on the US stock markets, and if the sanctions will be tough enough.

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  • WBR: US marshals seize Kurdish oil tanker 29 July 14

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

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    US Marshals seize a Kurdish tanker containing $100m worth of oil, as part of a growing ownership dispute between Baghdad and the Iraqi region of Kurdistan. The US and Europe decide on a range of new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Plus, we visit one of the world's largest cheese fairs and take a look at the impact of legalising cannabis in the US state of Colorado.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 28 July 2014

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

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    Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago in the US tells us how markets have reacted to news that Russia has been ordered to compensate former Yukos shareholders. And one of the biggest strikes in South Africa's history has ended. The BBC's Roderick Macleod in Johannesburg tells us employers have agreed to inflation-busting pay rises.

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  • WBR: Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout 28 July 14

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

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    Russia has been ordered by a court to compensate former Yukos shareholders. Will it pay? We talk to the man who brought the case. He says he'll go now after Russian assets right around the world. Also, the British government is opening up half the country to be explored for oil and gas using the controversial technique known as fracking. We'll ask if it's safe. We go to Detroit in the US, a deprived city with plentiful water. But it's cutting off the water supply to thousands of people behind on their bills. Plus, the wisdom of having your employer's logo tattooed on your body. Lucy Kellaway gives us her view

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Jul 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

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    Robert Brusca, of Fact and Opinion economics in New York, wraps up the end of another week on Wall Street.

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  • WBR: The Future of Air Passenger Safety 25 July 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

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    Following a string of fatal plane crashes, we ask what the industry can do to make us feel safer - the Chief Executive of Air France tells us that the air transport system is 'still very safe'. President Obama attacked firms that practice 'corporate inversions' as unpatriotic, because they switch their tax base from the US to countries where they pay less tax, such as Ireland and the Netherlands. We speak to somebody from the CATO institute, who says Obama's tax reform 'sounds sensible' in principle - but implementation will be controversial. Finally, we take a look back at the week's biggest global business stories with Simon Constable, a columnist with the Wall Street Journal in New York, and Vaiju Naravane of the Hindu newspaper in Paris.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update, 24 July 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    Cary Leahy from Decision Economics in New York talks about the latest scandal to hit Barclays bank.

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  • WBR: Right To Be Forgotten - Privacy Vs Free Speech 24 July 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    The implementation of the 'Right To Be Forgotten' on the internet is being discussed in Brussels - where two sides discuss where to draw the line between privacy and free speech. GlaxoSmithKline is seeking for regulators to approve the world's first ever malaria vaccine to be used outside of the European Union - we ask how effective it really is. Also, six years after the financial crisis, how protected is the American taxpayer from having to bail out another failing bank? Finally, we hear the latest from the fist ever case of someone being convicted for wine fraud.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update, 23 July 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    Russian President Vladamir Putin declares the Crimea a 'gambling zone'. And Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading gives a round-up of today's market activity.

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  • WBR: Questions raised over UK arms exports 23 July 14

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

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    re arms trade realities contradicting western foreign policy on Moscow and Ukraine? Also coming up, how the European Union's energy saving scheme may actually be causing more pollution, rather than less. With the Commonwealth Games getting underway in Glasgow, Scotland, we ask whether the inevitable 50% overspend will turn out to have been worth it for the city. Plus, we hear about the Parisian hotels that let customers decide how much to pay, instead of charging a set fee.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update, 22 July 14

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    Wayne Kaufman from Rockwell Securities in New York sums up the latest from earning season

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  • WBR: A new president for Indonesia 22 July 14

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    Indonesia has a new president. We'll hear how the election of former furnituremaker Joko Widodo will help Indonesia continue on the path to democracy. We'll also ask what it means for the rest of the world. As more Russians are put on Europe's economic sanctions list we ask should the west be going much further, much faster? Our reporter in Singapore ponders the future of Malaysia Airlines as it struggles to cope with a second tragedy this year. Will it recover from the destruction of flight MH17? Plus, we enter into the world of Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa as the Simpsons goes fully digital - with the launch of a website and app called Simpsons World.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update: 21 Jul 14

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

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    A scandal involving McDonald's and KFC in China had a knock-on effect on Wall Street today as Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments explained.

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  • WBR: Shanghai meat scandal 21 Jul 14

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

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    27 mins

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    The company supplying meat to McDonalds, KFC and Subway in China is closed down after a television report that it was selling meat up to twelve months out of date. Quartz reporter Lily Kuo gives us the lowdown. As Tesco boss Philip Clarke is forced out, Tescopoly author, Andrew Simms, tells us where new Chief Exec Dave Lewis should focus his energy if he's to counter years of underperformance. Shilpa Kannan reports from Delhi on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and what this year's host city Glasgow might learn from the India experience. Plus Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway on the best excuses for not answering your emails.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 18 Jul 14

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    Investors remain shocked by the air crash in Ukraine but the market stablised as traders responded to positive economic news and a spate of M&A activity

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  • WBR: MH17 disaster 18 Jul 14

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    Roger Hearing gets the latest on the Malaysian airline disaster, and talks to former British Airways pilot Alastair Rosenschein about what might have been behind the decision to fly over a potentially dangerous area. Elizabeth Farina, the head of the Brazilian sugar cane industry federation, talks about why it is in crisis. The BBC's Diarmaid Fleming in Dublin reports on a big political row over plain packaging for cigarettes. And this week's editors - Mitra Kalita of Quartz magazine and Mark Gilbert of Bloomberg - chew over the week's other big stories, including Rupert Murdoch's bid to takeover Time Warner, and the decision by the Church of England to let women become bishops.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Jul 14

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

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    All the latest on the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, including reaction from the airline and the president of Ukraine. Wall Street shares fell as a result.

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  • WBR: Microsoft cuts thousands of jobs 17 Jul 14

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

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    Microsoft announces it's cutting up to 18,000 jobs, with the majority of them going from handset maker Nokia. We ask what this says about the direction Microsoft is taking. Plus as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott repeals the country's carbon tax, we discuss what the repercussions could be. And a writers union in the US gives its reaction to the potential takeover of Time Warner amid concerns about media consolidation.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Jul 14

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

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    We talk about Rupert Murdoch's proposed takeover of Time Warner, and the criticisms surrounding it. Also, the latest from the US stock markets.

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  • WBR: Time for 20th Century Fox? 16 July 2014

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

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    Can media giant Time Warner keep 21st Century Fox's advances at bay? Also in the programme, it seems European sanctions against Russia's activities in Ukraine are not working. We ask what further steps Europe may be willing to take. IBM and Apple were once sworn rivals, but now they've launched a partnership to develop software for Apple's mobile devices. What's behind the move? Plus, how mixing cycling and coffee can produce a perfect brew for business.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Jul 14

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

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    We look at the newly announced BRICS bank, and ask if it will really rival some of the biggest banking institutions in the world. Plus, the latest from the US stock markets.

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  • WBR: Brics countries want their own bank 14 Jul 14

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

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    At a meeting of the so-called Brics countries - Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa - leaders are discussing whether they could set up their own bank, to rival the World Bank. Plus, we hear from the chief executive of Airbus and about Britain's plans to lauch space ports.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 14 July 2014

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

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    Chris Low at FTN Financial in New York gives us the latest view from Wall Street.

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  • WBR: Citi's multi-billion dollar penalty 14 Jul 14

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

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    How much control do major multi-national companies have over the working conditions in factories which they don't own, but which are part of their supply chain? Electronics giant Samsung is finding out the hard way. Also, we've a report from one of the world's biggest air shows where the star of the show is a no-show. And cooked for longer than a paella -- the books of the whizz-bang Spanish wifi firm which has just filed for bankruptcy.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 July 14

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

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    We get the latest on the US financial markets with Cary Leahy of Decision Economics.

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  • Transatlantic trade talks 11 July 2014

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

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    Campaigners across Britain are planning a series of protests this weekend, before the latest round of talks in Brussels aimed at creating a transatlantic free trade agreement. But it is proving controversial. It has been a good decade for animated films for the family. How to Train Your Dragon comes from the stable of one of the two biggest animation studios, Dreamworks, the maker of Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the founder and chief executive of Dreamworks, talks to the BBC's Evan Davis. And the country singer Garth Brooks is embroiled in a huge controversy in Ireland after pulling out of a deal for five concerts in Dublin.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 July 14

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

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    Share markets in Europe and around the world have been spooked today by problems at Portugal's top bank, Banco Espirito Santo. We discuss what this means for Wall Street with Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York.

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  • WBR: Europe bank fears return 10 Jul 14

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

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    Share markets in Europe have been spooked by problems at Portugal's top bank, Banco Espirito Santo. We ask what is the risk to the rest of the continent. Also, why America's financial elite wants a more interventionist foreign policy in Washington. And the mind boggling implications of new mind reading technology.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 09 July 14

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

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    We discuss the latest news from the US financial markets with Jim Lebenthal of Lebenthal Asset Management in New York.

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  • WBR: Indonesia worries 09 Jul 14

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

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    There's uncertainty after elections in Indonesia as both presidential contenders claim victory. We ask if either candidate is the right man to put south east Asia's largest economy back on track. Also, why losing in the football World Cup is bad for a country's share market. And how food waste from New York's restaurants could soon be powering nearby homes.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 08 July 14

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

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    President Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion to help deal with a growing number of child migrants flooding across the US border from Central America. We hear what's driving the influx and how the money will be spent. We also get the latest on the US financial markets with Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.

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  • WBR: French jobs and the euro 8 Jul 14

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

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    The eurozone's struggling exporters are urging governments and the European Central Bank to force down the euro. Several European companies, including Airbus, the cement maker Lafarge and the pharmaceutical firm Sanofi are now saying the euro's current strength is hurting their profits. Guillaume de Laforcade of the craft brewery, Brasserie Castelain, near Lens in France tells us how he's having to adapt his business to the soaring single currency. Meanwhile, a major summit on jobs in Paris causes controversy as many trade unions refuse to attend. Also, as the French retailer Carrefour announces that it's quitting India, we examine the country's barriers to foreign investment with Dr Sourindra Banerjee from the UK's Warwick Business School. And should workplaces encourage nap breaks as much as they encourage coffee breaks? Our reporter Romi Levine has been sleeping on the job Down Under.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 07 Jul 14

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

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    Shares fell back slightly in New York after recent strong gains. Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New York gave us his review of the day on Wall Street.

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  • WBR: New airport security measures 7 July 14

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

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    There could be more queues at airports after American authorities said uncharged electrical devices can't be carried on board flights to the United States. We ask what the new rules will mean in practice. Also how should gold prices be set? We hear how banks, traders and regulators have been discussing how to avoid a Libor-type scandal involving gold-price fixing. We hear from India ahead of the first Budget of the new BJP-led government. And Lucy Kellaway on whether passion has its place in the workplace.

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  • WBR: US becomes top oil producer 04 July 14

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

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    The US overtakes Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's top oil and natural gas producer, according to a Bank of America report. The Tour de France starts in northern England this weekend. We ask what the world's most famous cycle race will mean for the region's economy. And we hear from our reporter, Shilpa Kannan, in India where poor investment in cold storage and distribution problems mean the country wastes about $7 billion worth of food every year. We also take a look back over some of the week's key events in business with Jason Karaian, European correspondent at the website Quartz.com, and Matthew Bishop, US business editor with the Economist.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 03 Jul 14

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

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    Wall Street reaches a new record ahead of the Independence Day holiday.

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  • WBR: Obama on jobs and banking 3 July 14

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

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    The number of people with jobs in the US rose by more than 280,000 last month. President Obama tells our US sister show Marketplace the US needs to spend more on infrastructure to create jobs. Also we hear how the BBC's Economics Editor Robert Peston fell foul of a European ruling which allows people to ask search engines like Google to remove results related to their name or business. And it's that time of year when some half a million people head to Wimbledon for the annual tennis championships. A fair number of those visitors will eat the famous strawberries while they're there. Strawberries are big business in Britain - worth some $1.4 billion a year - so we sent our reporter Elizabeth Hotson to a farm in Kent to find out more

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 July 14

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

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    The latest from the US stock markets.

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  • WBR: GCHQ accused over internet spying 02 July 14

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

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    Seven internet service providers take legal action against UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, over internet spying. We hear what's upset them, and also talk to a former intelligence officer about why surveillance is necessary. Also, as one of Europe's biggest budget airlines announces new trans-Atlantic flights, we ask whether more flights, and more aviation capacity, necessarily equals greater economic prosperity. We talk to economist Roger Bootle and environmental campaigner George Monbiot. Plus, Norway has just given its local councils the right to ban begging. We talk to politicians, Norwegian locals and beggars about the move.

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