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  2. Tesla board mulls de-listing
  3. China imposes $16bn in retaliatory tariffs on US goods
  4. BMW recalls cars over fire risk
  5. British Gas raises energy prices again

Live Reporting

By Mary-Ann Russon

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    BBC testcard

    That's it for today on Business Live - thanks for reading. We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 on Thursday.

    Do join us then for all the latest breaking news and analysis from the wonderful world of business.

  2. The US-China tariffs battle so far

    Losing track of the US-China trade tensions?

    Here's an infographic to refresh your memory...

    BBC infographic listening US-China trade tariffs battle in 2018
  3. Why people steal office supplies

    paperclips on a desk

    Researchers say that over time, a lot of people in work are likely to perceive that their employer is deviating from his/her original promises.

    Because these promises are such a central part of your employment agreement, you feel that when your employer breaks them, you can take what is “rightfully” yours.

    Employees who experience broken promises tend to experience a series of very intense negative emotions such as anger, frustration and outrage, which in turn will lead to a higher desire to dominate, retaliate and get even with the employer.

    Moreover, researchers found that this effect was most profound among those who were excellent at their jobs and expected to be treated fairly, meaning that an organisation’s best employees are most likely to be “vengeful” in the face of broken promises.

  4. Wall Street flat on close

    Wall Street traders

    Wall Street shares have ended flat, as the indexes reacted to an escalation in trade tensions between the US and China.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 45 points lower to 25,584.

    The S&P 500 finished 2 points ahead to 2,860.

    And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended 5 points higher to 1,261.

  5. US to sanction Russia over Skripal nerve agent attack

    Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury

    The US is to impose sanctions on Russia after determining that it used nerve agent against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the UK in March.

    The move was announced on Wednesday by the US state department.

    Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury, England, on 4 March.

    They were seriously ill but later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital.

    Read more here.

  6. Women break records in US election

    Gretchen Whitmer, Susan Hutchison and Rashida Tlaib
    Image caption: L-R Gretchen Whitmer, Susan Hutchison and Rashida Tlaib

    Tuesday's results mean more female candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats.

    Read more here.

    Women break records in US election

    L-R Democrat Sharice Davids, Republican Susan Hutchison and Democrat Rashida Tlaib, who is almost certain to be the first Muslim woman in Congress

    The potential first Native American and Muslim congresswomen are among over 190 female winners.

    Read more
  7. More on the proposed sanctions on Russia

    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

    NBC is reporting that the first batch of sanctions on Russia will include banning the export of all sensitive national security goods to Russia, according to NBC.

    After that, the second round of sanctions will likely be to downgrade diplomatic relations and to prevent Russian airline Aeroflot from being able to fly to the US, as well as cutting down on a majority of exports and imports between the two countries.

  8. BreakingUS imposing new sanctions against Russia

    The US is imposing new sanctions against Russia in response to its use of a nerve agent in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK.

    The US State Department says that these sanctions will take effect on or around 22 August.

  9. The legal threats facing Donald Trump

    BBC Newsnight

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    Video caption: Here are the three main challenges for President Donald Trump

    As the trial of Donald Trump's former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, heats up, is the collusion probe even the biggest legal threat for the president?

    BBC Newsnight's Mark Urban sets out the three main legal challenges facing the US President.

  10. Will Britain be stronger after Brexit?

    Shipping containers at Dover

    Ian McCafferty, a member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee, says he doesn't think Brexit will improve the UK's fortunes - a point of view that is the opposite of that of Brexit supporters, who believe that Britain will have stronger global trade ties if it leaves the EU.

    "I find it difficult to conceive that we would end up in a better position, trade-wise, at least for a significant period," Mr McCafferty told Sky News.

  11. Dutch pilots join Ryanair strike


    Friday, which is meant to be one of the busiest days in the travel industry, will see gloom for many passengers, as at least one in six of budget airline Ryanair's flights will be cancelled.

    Ryanair's pilots in the Netherlands have decided this afternoon that they will now join the existing strike by their counterparts in Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Ireland, which will go on for 24 hours.

    So far, 400 flights have been cancelled from Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

    The budget airline's Dutch pilots decided to go on strike after Ryanair said it was going to court on Thursday to try to prevent them from striking over the summer.

    Ryanair passengers who are travelling to other locations are advised to get to UK airports very early, as the airline has been struggling to deal with the customers of cancelled flights, which has greatly delayed check-ins, as our report from London Stansted Airport this afternoon shows.

  12. Supermarket sleepover for cool customers

    A woman and her children unroll a mattress in a supermarket in Finland

    Whether you love or hate the heatwave, for some people the sticky, hot nights can prove difficult for getting a good night's sleep.

    Record temperatures have been recorded across Europe, and in Finland, where many apartments have no air conditioning, the community spirit has helped keep some residents cool.

    When a supermarket manager in the country's capital, Helsinki, heard her customers joking about spending the night in the coolness of her store it got her thinking.

    Marika Lindfors opened the doors on Saturday to 100 lucky K-Supermarket customers in Phjois-Haaga, who were allowed to bring along their sleeping bags and mattresses for the night.

  13. A Tesla shareholder speaks up

    BBC World Service

    Tesla shareholder Ross Gerber, the founder of wealth manager Gerber Kawasaki, has told BBC World Service that he will not be selling his stock at $420, and he isn't convinced that Tesla will go private.

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    Video caption: Ross Gerber says he won't sell his stock at the price suggested
  14. Twitter in a tangle over InfoWars

    Rory Cellan-Jones

    Technology correspondent

    Alex Jones

    Suddenly, Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory InfoWars brand have been wiped from just about every online platform.

    It seemed that Facebook, YouTube and Spotify all hummed and hawed for days and then breathed a sigh of relief once Apple acted to remove the man who promoted the idea that the Sandy Hook school massacre had been a hoax.

    But that leaves Twitter as the one big social media megaphone for Mr Jones.

    First, he said: "We didn't suspend Alex Jones or InfoWars yesterday.

    "We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple - he hasn't violated our rules.

    "We'll enforce if he does. And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified."

    Read more here.

  15. Elon Musk's investments

    Here's a chart that lists all of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk's investments across transport, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, aerospace, energy, payments and software.

    BBC infographic of Elon Musk's investments
  16. Amazon shares hit record high

    Amazon logo

    Amazon's shares have a hit a record high on Wednesday, rising 1.3% to $1886.81 in the last hour.

    This is important because it gives the internet giant a market capitalisation of $919bn, just shy of the $1tn mark that Apple hit last week.

    At present, Amazon is trading up 1.2% to $1,885.47.

  17. Labour opposes Arsenal takeover

    Stan Kroenke
    Image caption: American billionaire Stan Kroenke

    Labour's shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan has spoken out against the proposed takeover offer for Arsenal football club.

    On Monday, Arsenal's majority shareholder American billionaire Stan Kroenke made a £600m offer to buy the whole of the club.

    "The sale of any football club – particularly one of the size and stature of Arsenal Football Club, must take fans into consideration. Whilst the fans may only have a small shareholding in the club, without the fans there would be no club at all so their voices must be heard," said Ms Allin-Khan.

    "It is concerning that if this deal goes ahead there could be no Independent Directors on the Arsenal board, and so we appeal to Stan Kroenke to ensure that fans will have a say in how the club operates going forward."

    Her comments echo those of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said it was a "real shame" to end the longstanding official role of Arsenal supporters in the running of the club.

  18. US 'will not stop Iran oil exports'

    A man holds US dollars and Iranian rials at an exchange shop in Tehran, Iran (8 August 2018)

    Iran's foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil.

    Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iran newspaper that President Donald Trump's goal of forcing the rest of the world not to buy Iranian oil was impossible.

    He also mocked what he called Mr Trump's "tantrums and CAPPED TWEETS".

    The US leader took to Twitter on Tuesday to issue a strong warning to anyone doing business with Iran, after he reimposed sanctions on the country.

  19. London ends higher

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have ended on a high, thanks to the pound continuing to fall due to Brexit fears.

    The FTSE 100 closed 58.2 points or 0.8% ahead to 7,776.65, led by insurer Prudential, which rose 3.7% to £18.22 after reporting a 9% rise in first-half operating profit to £2.4bn.

    The FTSE 250 ended 96 points or 0.5% up to 20,770.64.

    Top of the winners was automotive fluid systems maker TI Fluid Systems, which jumped 6.4% to 266p after reporting a 4.6% rise in pre-tax profits for the first half of 2018.

  20. Boeing warns of more delivery delays

    A Boeing 737

    Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has warned that it expects delivery delays of its popular narrowbody aircraft to continue due to delays in deliveries of engines and fuselages from its suppliers.

    "You saw some of that making its way into the second quarter deliveries a little bit, and you'll see more of that in the third quarter where we'll expect to have deliveries lower than our production rate," Boeing's Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith told an analyst conference.

    "And so therefore you'll see a much more heavily weighted fourth quarter," he added.

    "Those jobs are now in our factory and each one of those suppliers is getting more on track."