The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
UPDATE:US house set to approve $1.9 trillion stimulus
The US House of Representatives prepares to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package to help provide support during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we speak to the Wall Street Journal's Christine Peterson about what new measures the bill includes. Plus Pokemon hits 25, we find out just how the creature collecting game has kept everyone catching 'em all for so long
India's economy bounces back
The Indian economy grew 0.4% in a year, after significant coronavirus-related declines. The BBC's Nikhil Inamdar in Mumbai talks us through how different sectors have performed. And we hear from Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the world's largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India, about the role the company is playing in getting coronavirus jabs shipped around the world. Also in the programme, IAG, the parent of British Airways, Iberia and several other airlines, has posted a loss of just over $9bn in 2020. We consider the future of the aviation industry with the environmental campaigner, George Monbiot. Plus, three decades after the cult classic Eddie Murphy film Coming to America was released, a sequel will be screened on Amazon Prime from next week. We ask South African actor Nomzamo Mbatha, who stars in the new production, how the west's portrayal of Africa has changed since the 80s.
UPDATE:Etsy publishes strong results as online shopping soars
Etsy publishes a strong set of results, we hear from Etsy seller Ellie Chalkley about why she uses the platform. Plus an update on how the US markets performed.
China's Xi claims an end to extreme poverty
China's president Xi Jinping has claimed his country has eradicated extreme poverty. Also, how true to life is the recent series Industry, portraying the life of London bankers.
UPDATE:Biden takes semiconductor action
The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect industries from computers through to automobiles. As President Biden signs an executive order to help look into the shortage, we hear just why there's a shortage and what can be done about them. Also in the programme, coronavirus-hit South Africa has unveiled its national budget for the coming year. Plus we hear fromSenagalese engineer Marie Ndieguene, whose new way to help farmers prevent post-harvest loss has been nominated for the Africa Engineering Prize.
South Africa budgets for Covid vaccines
Coronavirus-hit South Africa has unveiled its national budget for the coming year. The BBC's Lerato Mbele in Johannesburg talks us through how tight the country's finances are, as it plans spending to help roll out Covid-19 vaccines. Also in the programme, women now occupy more than a third of the top jobs at the UK's 350 largest firms. We find out more from Denise Wilson, chief executive of the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review, which released the latest figures, and was launched to encourage UK-listed companies to appoint more women. India is forging ahead with plans to tax digital services, and Suranjali Tandon, assistant professor at the government-backed National Institute of Public Finance and Policy explains the motivation behind the move. Plus the BBC's Ed Butler reports on how coronavirus has impacted couples looking to tie the knot, as well as the global wedding industry. (Picture: A healthcare worker is vaccinated against Covid-19 in South Africa. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
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