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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC

    Tesla's German car plant is stopped

    Tesla's German car plant is stopped

    A court grants a temporary injunction against the carmaker's 'Gigafactory' near Berlin. What does this mean for Tesla's growth in Europe? We speak to Tim Higgins, auto and tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal who is writing a book about the company.

    Brexit is threatening hundreds of jobs in the UK's financial services sector. But two Japanese banks have bucked the trend and gone on a recruitment drive in London. Ben Harris works for recruitment firm Morgan McKinley and tells us what's behind it.

    • 22 min
    Tackling Air Pollution

    Tackling Air Pollution

    Air pollution can be a silent killer, and we look in-depth at how it can be tackled. Dr Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at King's College, London, and explains how it can best be monitored. Heather Acton is a councillor responsible for air quality in Westminster, London, and discusses what's being done there to minimise pollution. Delhi in India is regularly among the most polluted cities in the world, and we find out more from Jyoti Pande Lavakare, co-founder of campaign group Care for Air India. And we hear how the Chinese authorities have made progress with pollution in Beijing from Tiy Chung, who works in Paris for the UN's Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Also in the programme, we get analysis of the easing trade war between China and the United States with Fred Hochberg, a former president of the Export Import Bank of the US, who has just written a book called Trade is Not a Four Letter Word. Plus, we hear tips on how to have a cheap Valentine's Day date from users of the BBC Facebook page My Money World.

    • 26 min
    Update: Huawei: US issues new charges of racketeering and theft

    Update: Huawei: US issues new charges of racketeering and theft

    The US has expanded its lawsuit against Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giant of a "decades-long" plan to steal technology from US firms.
    Prosecutors said Huawei had violated the terms of partnerships with US companies and stolen trade secrets such as source code and robot technology. It adds to a list of other charges brought by the US last year. Those accused Huawei of violating US sanctions and stealing technology from T-Mobile. Huawei has denied the claims.

    Plus, the latest from the US markets.

    • 7 min
    The quest to tax the tech titans

    The quest to tax the tech titans

    There's an intense economic debate over whether and how to make tech giants pay more tax. Liz Nelson from the campaigning organisation the Tax Justice Network argues that the global tax system is out of date. Andrew Hewson, who owns two bookshops in south west London tells us why he thinks shops like his have an unfair tax burden compared to online retailers. And we hear the case for the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google from Christian Borggreen of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Also in the programme, Britain's finance secretary Sajid Javid has resigned unexpectedly as part of a cabinet reshuffle. George Parker is political editor of the Financial Times and explains how dramatic today's resignation is. Plus, in the wake of a rise in the sales of products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, extracted from the cannabis plant, the UK food safety watchdog has said it will ban products contaning the chemical if they don't gain regulatory approval within a year. The BBC's consumer affairs correspondent Coletta Smith discusses what's behind the move, and we hear about the safety of products containing CBD from Professor Gino Martini from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

    • 26 min
    Update: Are BP's climate ambitions plausible?

    Update: Are BP's climate ambitions plausible?

    New BP boss Bernard Looney has said he wants the company to sharply cut net carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner. But with not much detail on offer, we look into if this can be achieved and does it even matter?
    We also get the latest updates from the US markets. Plus, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is due to present its quarterly results on Thursday. In the normal run of things, we might expect this to be another blizzard of eye-watering numbers - showing the company founded 21 years ago in a Hangzhou apartment still standing strong. But has the Coronavirus changed things - at least in the short term?

    • 11 min
    Argentina renegotiates its IMF debt

    Argentina renegotiates its IMF debt

    We look at the history of Argentina's relationship with the International Monetary Fund. Around a third of the country's population are struggling to feed their families, and as Argentina tries to renegotiate its debts, Lena Komileva, chief economist at G-Plus Economics explains the relationship between the country and the lender. The BBC's Daniel Gallas tells us what's at stake in today's IMF talks. And Dr Juan Grigera of King's College London discusses why Argentina remains the world's leading default machine. Also in the programme, oil giant BP's new chief executive Bernard Looney has outlined plans to cut his firm's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. We find out more from BBC business editor Simon Jack. Plus we hear why growing numbers of Indian students are choosing to travel to the UK for their studies, and ask whether they're likely to get a return on their investment.

    • 26 min

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