Business Matters [world Service]

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British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz says he will not resign as the airline fights to save its reputation after the mass cancellations and delays caused by an IT failure.
We hear from passengers still struggling to get to their destinations as well as Mr Cruz himself.

Also on the programme,the fight to clear the so called Chennai Six.We speak to the family of one of the six British anti-piracy contractors held by Indian authorities in the contentious dispute.

The BBC's Edwin Lane looks at calls for the Japanese government to tackle the problem of excessive working hours in the country.

And, what's the weirdest question you've ever been asked in a job interview? We hear some of your interview horror stories, and ask Peter Reilly of the UK Institute of Employment Studies, what's fair game in a job interview.

The BBC's Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme from Singapore by Simon Littlewood president of ACG Global and from Raleigh, North Carolina, by entrepreneur August Turak. They're also joined from Kolkata by the BBC's Rahul Tandon.

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Foreign ministers from the Organization of American States meet in Washington DC on Wednesday to try and find a solution to the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.
Professor Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University assesses the situation.

Also on the programme, India's latest GDP figures are out on Wednesday, Jyoti Malhotra, consulting editor at the Indian Express tells what to look out for.

Drug overdoses are now the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, according to the Atlanta-based Centres for Disease Control. Most are caused by prescription opioids, and one knock-on effect is that morgues are becoming overwhelmed. Adam Allington on the Marketplace programme in the US reports.

And the BBC's Gavin Fischer reports on the threat to South Africa's small scale diamond miners, the Zama Zamas.

The BBC's Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme from Dehli by Jyoti Malhotra and from Washington DC by Adam Allington. They're also joined from Singapore by the BBC's Juiliana Liu.

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US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media has reported quoting senior officials.
The 2015 accord for the first time united most of the world in a single agreement to mitigate climate change.
We hear the views of Dr Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute in Washington DC and Professor Bjorn Lomborg of Copenhagen Business School and author of 'The Sceptical Environmentalist'.

Also on the programme,the BBC's Anna Holligan reports on the Dutch tech company, trying to make our need for batteries a thing of the past with their new light sensitive technology.

And, are ties now just so last year in the workplace? Beyzade Beyzade, employment barrister at the London Law Practice assesses the tie's place in the modern office.

The BBC's Roger Hearing will be joined throughout the programme from New York by Matt Cooper of Skillshare international and from Hong Kong by Andrew Peaple, deputy Asia finance editor at the Wall Street Journal. They'll also be joined from Taiwan by the BBC's Cindy Sui.

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Qatar is isolated as its neighbours impose an air and sea blockade but what are the wider business implications? We hear from Dr Theodore Karasik, an analyst of regional geopolitics based in Washington DC.

In France, Emmanuel Macron is hoping to follow his success in winning the presidency last month with another victory in upcoming parliamentary elections. The BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

The UK general election is just two days off and over the past few weeks we've been hearing from senior representative of the major parties. Today it's the turn of the Scottish National Party's Stuart Hosie to be grilled by Susannah Streeter.

We cast the net a little wider to draw in some of the business headlines from elsewhere in the world and cross to Jakarta to hear from the BBC's Rebecca Henschke who tells us about a drive to count the country's islands definitively and register their names with the UN.

Disposable incomes for many Indians are up which in turn has resulted in an 11% jump on eating out in restaurants. That's helped tempt both global and regional Indian brands, as Rahul Tandon reports from Kolkata.

And with us throughout the programme are Dave Shaw of Scripps News who's in Washington DC and in Hong Kong, Catherine Yeung, Investment Director at Fidelity International.

Picture description: A Saudi woman and a boy walking past the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh, after it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia following a severing of relations between major gulf states and gas-rich Qatar.
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President Trump has sided with Saudi Arabia in the escalating crisis over Qatar, but the Qatari ruling family has expressed shock at the diplomatic rift with several of its neighbours. Our Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins has been speaking to the Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd-al-Rahman al-Thani.

A charity called the International Rescue Committee says millions of children in East Africa and in Yemen are at risk of dying from cholera and other preventable waterborne diseases. We hear from Ciaran Donnelly, the IRC's Vice-President of International Progammes.

With election day on Thursday, voters in the UK have another 24 hours of campaigning to decide who to back. We've been giving equal airtime on this programme to representatives of all the main national parties and it's the turn of Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan who's been interviewed by the BBC's Rob Young.

Thursday's general election falls just 11 days before formal negotiations are due to begin over Britain's departure from the European Union; the raison d'etre of the UK Independence Party. Does that mean that the party's essential purpose no longer exists and it's now a spent force? Susannah Streeter quizzes UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

We cast the net a little wider to draw in some of the business headlines from elsewhere in the world and cross to Taiwan to hear from the BBC's Cindy Sui.

And joining us throughout the programme are Mitchell Hartman of Marketplace in Portland, Oregon and in Hong Kong, Anjani Trivedi of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column.

Picture description: Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani gives a press conference in Doha on May 25, 2017.
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The former FBI director, James Comey, is set to testify to Congress that President Trump asked for his loyalty a few months before firing him. The opening statement of Mr Comey's evidence to the Senate Intelligence Committee has been published online. His appearance on Thursday has been eagerly anticipated - given the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russia. We have analysis on America's reaction to the revelations.
In Sri Lanka, expensive infrastructure projects are lying unused, even as the country is weighed down by Chinese loans it took to build them. The economy is struggling with a debt crisis and so the Sri Lankan government is now being forced to hand control of some of the projects to China. This is being fiercely opposed by people in some parts of the country. The BBC's Yogita Limaye reports from Sri Lanka.
Brazil's economy has just emerged from the longest recession in its history, but its politics seems about to lurch back into chaos Michel Temer, the man leading the country since the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff is himself now on trial before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal which could remove him from office as well. Our South American Business Reporter, Daniel Gallas investigates.
And throughout, our two guests on opposite sides of the Pacific - Peter Morici, professor of international business at the university of Maryland- who's in Washington, and journalist Puja Mehra in Delhi.

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It looks as if Theresa May's administration will be propped up with support from the Democratic Unionists, a small party from Northern Ireland. It's unlikely to be a formal coalition, but a looser agreement of support. The overall results tell us a lot about the divided nature of Britain -- young versus old, rich versus poor, remain versus leave, city versus country. How will the minority government try to bridge those divides, both in how it governs Britain and in its Brexit negotiations? We ask Daniel Hannan, a Conservative member of the European Parliament.

In a week and a half, representatives of the UK and EU will sit down to begin discussing Brexit. The divorce terms, the financial settlement and the future relationship all have to be thrashed out. German businesses are certainly worried the election result will complicate Brexit talks, as Arthur Fischer, chief executive of the Berlin Stock Exchange, explains.

We also discuss three more of the biggest stories from the week - Apple launched a voice-activated home device, which seemed to underwhelm tech analysts. Gulf states imposed an air and sea blockade on Qatar over its alleged funding of extremism. And the UK general election result surprised politicians across Europe. Nina Trentmann from the Wall Street Journal in London and Caleb Melby from Bloomberg in New York give us their thoughts.

The guest throughout the show is Professor Danny Samson from the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

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Under pressure UK Prime Minister Theresa May tells her Conservative MPs she will fix the mess created by last week's shock British election, where the party lost its majority in Parliament.
Mrs May told MPs she'd serve them as leader as long as they wanted, but how long might that be? Our political correspondent Rob Watson brings us the latest.

Also on the programme, we hear about the so called "Sin Tax" in Saudi Arabia, that's causing some companies to hoard cigarettes and fizzy drinks. Journalist Essam al Ghalib in Jeddah explains more.

One of the World's most famous photo agencies, Magnum, is toying with the idea of outside investment for the first time. The company's chief executive David Kogan tells us why.

And the Puerto Rican dance hit making Latin music mainstream. We hear about the runaway success of Despacito.

The BBC's Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme from Beijing by Duncan Clark, expert on the Internet and entrepreneurship in China, and from New York by Jason Abbruzzese, business reporter at the US website Mashable. They'll also be joined from Taiwan by the BBC's Cindy Sui.

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The announcement by Travis Kalanick came as the former US Attorney-General, Eric Holder, published the findings of his investigation into corporate ethics at Uber - a company that's been dogged by allegations about harassment and discrimination. So what do Uber's backers make of these developments? Freada Kapur Klein, a California-based venture capitalist and philanthropist, gives her view.

Police in rural Thailand recently raided a house and discovered 474 iPhones and 347,000 unused SIM cards, among other computer hardware. All this kit was dedicated to boosting the online profiles of web users in China by showering their pages with likes and positive comments. But why? Sasiwan Mokhasen, who broke the story for the Khaosod English news website in Bangkok, tells us.

Also on the programme, the Hong Kong government will introduce a bill to stop the ivory trade there by 2021. Hong Kong is one of the top transit centres for ivory on its way to China - a country that, along with the US, has already banned the trade. We hear why it matters from Park Manager Erik Mararv of Garamba National Park is in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The BBC's Fergus Nicoll is joined by Kimberly Adams of US radio station Marketplace from Washington DC and David Kuo of the Motley Fool website in Singapore.

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The US Federal Reserve has increased interest rates for the second time this year, Michelle Fleury assesses the economic impact it will have. Cindy Sui reports from Taiwan on the country's weakening relations with the Chinese mainland.

20% of all children in wealthy countries lives in poverty, that's according to a new report by Unicef. Laurence Chandy - Director of Data, Research and Policy at the charity - explains more.

Alison van Diggelen, host of, reports from the 'Visionary Awards' - the so-called 'Oscars of Silicon Valley' - on why there are still not enough women in the tech sector. Plus, Consulting Editor at the Indian Express Jyoti Malhotra, joins us from Delhi.

Also in the programme, the BBC's Dave Lee reports from E3, the 'Electronic Entertainment Expo' 2017.

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As the UK Prime Minister orders a public inquiry into the fatal fire in London - which killed at least 17 people - the Mayor of London has faced an angry crowd demanding answers to why such a preventable catastrophe happened. In the wake of similar fires worldwide, we speak to Sean Smith, Professor of Construction Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University. An expert in building regulations, he tells us how such needless deaths can be prevented.
Senior figures from the US administration are hosting a gathering of Central American leaders in Miami to work out new ways of working together - at a time when budget cuts are going to have an impact on what can and can't be done. The BBC's Luis Fajardo is covering the conference for us.
In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, representatives from more than a hundred countries meet at a conference to discuss how farmers could maximise data sharing to improve their businesses. We hear what they've had to say. Meanwhile a maize shortage is making it hard for shoppers to buy flour in the shops. Farmers have run out - government silos are empty - and imports can't keep up with demand. Ferdinand Omondi travelled to Eldoret to find out what's been going wrong.
Next week mobile phone roaming charges are being scrapped for people who live and travel within the 28 - for now - member states of the European Union. They'll be able to call, text and use the web on a mobile device for the price they pay at home. Joe Miller has been getting reaction on the border between Poland and Germany. Elon Musk and his Falcon rocket programme aims to made the dream of commercial space travel a reality with SpaceX; we hear from a rival in New Zealand. Peter Beck is founder of a company called Rocket Lab, testing his own small-scale, low-cost Electron rocket to take satellites into space. He's been talking to us about his dream to aim for the stars.
Throughout the hour we hear analysis and debate from both sides of the globe with Kara Alaimo - Assistant Professor at Hofstra University and Author of "Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street" in New York and Tony Nash - chief economist at Complete Intelligence - from Singapore.

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Resident of a nearby council estate watches smoke billowing from Grenfell Tower on June 14, 2017 in west London. The massive fire ripped through the 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, trapping residents inside as 200 firefighters battled the blaze.


President Trump has said he's cancelling his predecessor Barack Obama's agreement with the Cuban government, two years after relations between the countries were restored. At a ceremony in Miami, Mr Trump described the deal as completely one-sided. Will Grant in the Cuban capital, Havana. reports on how the Obama reforms had changed the way Cuba does business.

Plus, Business Matters discusses retail giant Amazon's announcement that it is to purchase Organic food company Whole Foods. We hear from British families of the so - called 'Chennai 6', who are trying to get their family members released from prison in India.

Catherine Tillotson is the managing partner of Scorpio Partnership, a wealth management company for rich people discusses why rich people find it harder than you might think, to give their money away.

Roby Young is joined for comment throughout the programme by Olivia Rosen-Man, a journalist and audio producer, from Sydney in Australia.



As leaders of the world’s twenty largest economies arrive in the northern German city of Hamburg, thousands of protestors took to the streets. Several police officers were injured as violence erupted. We get the latest from BBC correspondent Jenny Hill. As the EU and Japan announce their free trade deal, we speak to Shihoko Goto of the Northeast Asia Program at the Wilson Center in Washington. And the BBC’s Timothy McDonald reports from the Philippines, where new technology is disrupting the craft of guitar making. Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by entrepreneur and author August Turake in North Carolina and investment director Catherine Yeung in Hong Kong. (Photo credit Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)


Just as the protestors on Hamburg's streets have varied demands, so too do the leaders of the G20. The US, for example, wants more trade tariffs (especially on steel imports) - a policy that not all members agree with. We get the latest on the summit from our correspondent in Hamburg, Amir Paivar. London-based PR firm Bell Pottinger apologises after its social media campaigns caused offence in South Africa. Nikita Ramkissoon from the Save South Africa campaign tells us her objections to it. Plus, we meet the astronomer turned entrepreneur Dr Kim Nilson, whose company Pivigo matches data scientists with firms who need them. Susannah Streeter is joined throughout the programme by Peter Ryan, senior business correspondent for ABC in Sydney. (Picture credit Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)


The fighting is over in Mosul - but how can Iraq rebuild its second city? And how long will it take? We hear from Matthew Schweitzer of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. The BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports from Abidjan in Ivory Coast about the informal economy of parkers - groups of men who make a living out of helping people park their cars. Mother Teresa was known throughout the world for her work helping the poor. Is it right for the Missionaries of Charity to copyright the garment that made them famous, and that might make them money? We ask veteran Catholic journalist, John Allen. Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by writer and researcher Parag Khanna from the Centre on Asia and Globalisation in Singapore, and Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Director of the Economics21 Manhattan Institute in Washington.
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The US President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has published email conversations between him and a Russian lawyer, in which she offered to hand over material damaging to the Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton. Professor Jared Yates Sexton, who has written extensively on the case, joins us to discuss this latest development. The BBC's Matthew Kenyon reports from Wimbledon on how marketing has transformed tennis and other sports. The BBC’s Cindy Sui is in Taipei where restrictions have been tightened on retired civil servants visiting mainland China. Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Shameen Prashantham, Associate Professor at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai and Katie Long from the US public radio programme, Marketplace.
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We also hear about the potential danger of one of the world’s largest icebergs breaking away from Antarctica. We speak to international trade and shipping expert Professor Michael Tamvakis.Web companies have been protesting against plans in the US to rewrite the rules governing the internet. California based tech consultant Ben Parr explains the current regulations.Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by two guests on opposite sides of the world; Ralph Silva from the Silva Research Network in Toronto and Tripti Lahiri, the bureau chief for Quartz in Hong Kong. (Photo by Igo Estrela/Getty Images)


Before Donald Trump came to power, he pledged to create 25 million jobs. To do this, he said he would make the US economy grow by 3% every year - a policy dubbed MAGA-nomics. We speak to economist Terry Savage. Should employers research potential candidates on social media? New proposals say 'legal grounds' should be needed, and we hear from employment lawyer Gillian Howard. And the BBC's Vivienne Nunis meets Afrobeat musician turned politician Bobi Wine in Kampala. Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by activist and financial reform advocate Alexis Goldstein in Washington and Mark Ridley, a consultant at Transform Performance International in the UK.
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JP Morgan Chase has reported a 13% rise in second quarter profits to $7bn, but the bank's boss Jamie Dimon expressed his frustration over what he sees as the country's political inability to invest in infrastructure and overhaul the tax code. Emily Glazer from the Wall Street Journal analyses Mr Dimon's outburst.
How would you manage without the internet? Three weeks ago a ship's anchor severed the fibre-optic cable off the Somali capital Mogadishu and since then the country has been a data desert. Ahmad Farah, a Somali travel agent based in Nairobi, explains how his business has been affected.
Australia is a nation that prides itself on its cricket, but the sport is in crisis. The authorities are trying to change the finance structure of the game. Steve Georgakis, senior sports lecturer at the University of Sydney, tells us why many of the players are unhappy.


Kenyans will elect their new president, parliament and local politicians on 8 August. But they're nervous - over 1,000 people were killed after violence broke out following the last elections in 2007. The BBC's Vivienne Nunis reports from Nairobi. Plus, Netflix's quarterly earnings boost its share price by 9% - we hear from tech analyst Jay Somaney. And BBC correspondent Phil Mercer on why the state of South Australia is placing a new tax levy on its banks. Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by investment director Catherine Yeung in Singapore and Alexander Kaufman, Huffington Post Business and Environment reporter, in New York.
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President Trump will allow Obamacare to collapse after a losing another vote on Monday, when two senators said they could not back a bill to repeal the health policy. We hear from Professor Jay Wolfson from the Morsani College of Medicine. The BBC's Joe Miller reports from Breman on how Brexit might affect the UK's historic trade links with the German city. Plus we speak to author and retired Admiral William McRaven who says 'Making Your Bed' is the key to success in life.

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The total weight of plastics ever produced is equivalent to one billion elephants. Scientists in the United States have calculated humanity has manufactured 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics since the 1950's. Experts warn new solutions are needed urgently. We speak to lead author Professor Roland Geyer who hopes his study will lead to a radical rethink of how we make, use, and dispose of plastics. US and Chinese officials have cancelled a press conference in which a $347 billion trade deficit was to be discussed. Plus, Coca Cola are being sued for misleading the Public on the health risks of the drink.

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Police in the US and Europe have closed the biggest criminal marketplaces on the internet. EBay profits are down and how biotech experts are attempting to tackle mosquito-borne diseases by releasing twenty million mosquitoes. Also in the programme we discuss transparency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our guests today are media entrepreneur, Diane Brady and Simon Littlewood of Asia Now Consulting.

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North Korea's economy accelerated at its fastest pace in 17 years last year. Jean Lee of the Woodrow Wilson Center assesses the figures. And amid reports that US citizens are to be banned from travelling to North Korea, we find out more from Matt Kulesza of Young Pioneer Tours, which arranges visits to the country. Also the BBC's Manuela Saragosa reports from Sicily, where EU agricultural subsidies may be helping to keep the mafia alive. Plus U2 will play a huge homecoming concert in Dublin. Our guest today is Sean Turnell, senior economics advisor to the government of Myanmar.

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Google parent company Alphabet has announced a cut of more than a quarter in its profits after taking into account a record $2.7 billion fine from the EU. We hear from BBC North America technology reporter, Dave Lee, in San Francisco. With the Kenyan presidential election just two weeks away, the BBC’s Will Bain asks who’s paying for what could be one of the most expensive elections per head in the world. We have the latest from the investigation into allegations of Russia's involvement in the 2016 US election, as Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son in law, gives evidence. Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Alison Van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues in California and journalist Madhavan Narayanan in Delhi.

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The US House of Representatives has voted to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation.
Daniel Fried, former sanctions coordinator at the US State Department looks at the latest step.

Is infrastructure spending really the secret to boosting economic growth? We look at the cost and benefits of planned projects around the globe.

And, the "world's most useless airport" is finally about to get its first scheduled flight.

The BBC's Roger Hearing will be joined throughout the programme from Singapore by Asit Biswas, distinguished visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and from Los Angeles by Andy Uhler from the Marketplace programme at American public radio. They'll also be joined from Taiwan by the BBC's Cindy Sui and by Chris Heathcote author of the Global Infrastructure Outlook report and the travel journalist Simon Calder.

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The US has expanded its sanctions regime against Venezuela to thirteen key officials, amidst continued political tensions in the country. We hear from Carlos Camacho, Venezuela correspondent for the Latin American Herald Tribune.

US President Donald Trump has said that transgender people cannot serve in 'any capacity' in the military. We hear from one of the first members of the infantry to come out as transgender. Plus, there are increasing fears that the opioid prescription drug crisis could be adversely affecting the US economy. Hudson Senior Fellow Irwin Stelzer assesses the impact it is having.

Also in the programme, a report from Australia where shoppers throw out an estimated 20% of the groceries that they buy. Now the government has promised to halve that amount.

As Britain announces a ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040, we discuss the repercussions for the car industry as a whole. From Delhi, we are joined by Jyoti Malhotra, Consulting Editor at the Indian Express and from Washington, by Alexis Goldstein, activist and financial reform advocate.

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The US Senate has overwhelmingly endorsed new sanctions against Russia. It's prompted Vladimir Putin to complain that relations between Russia and the US are being damaged by domestic American politics. What will President Trump do when the bill reaches his desk? We hear from Edward Lucas, who writes about Russia for The Economist magazine and Dr Frank Schauff of the Association of European Businesses, a group representing foreign investors in the country.

It’s been a summer of severe flooding in parts of southern China. Paul Sayers of the Environment Change Institute at Oxford University joins us to discuss the impact on the affected areas. Meanwhile, the warm temperatures and long days of summer in northern Sweden present some unique business opportunities, as the BBC’s Elizabeth Hotson has been discovering.

Plus, as US comic Jerry Seinfeld is named the highest paid comedian by the US business magazine Forbes – thanks in part to his exclusive deal with Netflix - we explore the power of new media on the career of an entertainer.

Fergus Nicoll is joined by two CEOs on the programme. Guarav Dhillon founded the data integration company SnapLogic in California and Professor Jasper Kim of Ewha University in Seoul, founded the Asia-Pacific Global Research Group.

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North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch was in the direction of Japan. The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, says the world needs to increase pressure on Pyongyang to end its missile testing programme. We'll discuss North Korea's latest intercontinental missile test, which experts say puts US cities in range.

As the United States Food and Drug Administration announces that it wants to limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, we asked Professor Stanton Glantz from the University of California San Francisco for his assessment.

Plus, an underground mail train in London is coming back on track as part of the London Postal Museum. The BBC’s Richard Collings went on board.

Rob Young is joined on the programme by Colin Peacock, who’s a journalist at Radio New Zealand.

(Photo: A man looks at images of missile launches and military exercises in a public square in Pyongyang. Photo credit: ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)


Venezuelans elected a new assembly on Sunday to draft a new constitution but there are many doubts about it as anti-government protests continue. Under the sanctions, US firms and individuals are banned from doing business with Mr Maduro. We're live in Caracas.

President Trump dismisses White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci after 10 days in the office. He felt his comments to a reporter were 'inappropriate' for a person in his position. We speak to Politico journalist Daniel Lippman.

Plus two of the biggest TV networks in the US are combining: Discovery Communications, owner of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, has bought Scripps Networks for $14.6bn. in your sneakers. Our reporter puts on her best pair and finds out why sports shoes are now a billion dollar market.

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Apple is back on the march again as sales are up once more, with shares up 7% in after hours trading. Our regular commentator Roger Bootle assess the Donald Trump Presidency to date - has he performed as well as his twitter account claims?

In downtown Sao Paulo, authorities have struggled with illegal drug dealing, in an area called Cracolandia or “crackland? The BBC’s Daniel Gallas has been checking out efforts to revitalise the district. Plus we talk about hugging in the workplace. Is it ever OK to hug a colleague?

Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Kimberly Adams from our US sister programme Marketplace, and David Kuo of the Motley Fool in Singapore.

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The company that provided the technology for Venezuela's voting system says the turnout in Sunday's controversial election was inflated by at least one million votes. We speak to Marc Weisbrot at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC.

The world of crypto-currencies is a mystery to many of us but the range is growing in part because Bitcoin itself split into two this week. We hear from Oliver Von Landsberg Sadie who runs BitcoinBro which advises very wealthy people on how to invest in this alternative reality.

In the far north of Alaska local people are divided over their future relationship with oil. President Obama banned oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean and President Trump wants to get it started. Claire Marshall reports from Alaska's northern coastline.

Last week we featured a report from Sydney about the city's food waste. In today's programme we hear from John Owens of - last year it shifted 22,500 of unwanted fresh food to people who couldn't have afforded to buy it.

Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has ordered the police to find those reasonable for an acid attack against the country's top anti-corruption investigator. We cross to Jakarta to speak to the BBC's Rebecca Henschke

Perfume is the theme of a new multi-sensory exhibition in London and the BBC's Mike Johnson went along for a sniff.

And joining us throughout the programme are Professor Peter Morici of the University of Maryland in Washington DC and Sushma Ramachandran, former Business Editor of The Hindu; she's with us from Delhi.

Picture description: A man casts his vote to elect a Constituent Assembly in Caracas on July 30, 2017.
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Iran's newly re-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, warns the US that Iran will not accept "malicious attempts to keep them from constructive and effective engagement with the world". We speak to the Guardian newspaper's Saeed Kamali Dehghan about the impact of US sanctions on Iran.

Workers at a Nissan car factory in Canton, Mississippi are voting on the right to form a union. The United Auto Workers union has called it one of the nastiest anti-union fights in American history. Michelle Fleury reports on how this has led to passionate arguments on both sides.

What impact is mass tourism having on historical cities? And how to resolve the conflict between preserving cultural heritage and profiting from it? Andy Pag reports from Venice in Italy, where the local authorities are looking at ways to limit the number of tourists entering the city.

And, as China bans Virtual Private Networks, is this evidence that the country's control over the web is tightening? The BBC's John Sudworth reports.

Presenter Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme by Diane Brady, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Wall Street Journal writer turned media entrepreneur in New York, and Simon Littlewood, President at the Asia Now Consulting Group, in Singapore.


The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has announced a tougher approach to dealing with leaks, saying he won't hesitate to bring criminal charges. General Sessions has also indicated the Trump administration will re-examine the circumstances under which legal action may be taken to force journalists to reveal their sources. We hear from Ben Wizner from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Martin Shkreli is known as the 'pharma bro'. He's the American man who increased the price of an anti-infection drug by five-thousand per cent and was dubbed the most hated man in America. Mr Shkreli has just been convicted of two counts of fraud and one of conspiracy. The cases are unrelated to his pharmaceutical activities. David Crow from the Financial Times told us more.

Millions of eggs have been removed from shelves across Europe over a food safety scare. Traces of an insecticide - called Fiprinol - have been found in eggs on sale in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In large quantities, Fiprinol can cause damage to the kidneys, liver and lymph glands. The scandal has been traced to farms in the Netherlands, the world's second-largest agricultural exporter, which sells about 5 billion eggs a year to Germany. We speak to a Dutch journalist Mark Lievesse Adriaanser about the consequences to farmers.

Presenter Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by Peter Ryan, ABC's Senior Business Correspondent in Sydney.
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Luisa Ortega says she lost her job because she was investigating claims of corruption. Her sacking has been criticized by the national assembly, which is dominated by the opposition. We speak to Phil Gunson of the Crisis Group think tank in Caracas.Supplies of Darjeeling tea might be under threat because of political unrest in northeastern India. We get the latest from journalist Rahul Bedi in Delhi.Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme byJodi Goldstein in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Madhavan Narayan in Delhi.
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Medical experts warn an increase in opioid overdoses will kill more than 1400 people in British Columbia, Canada. It comes as US President Donald Trump says the best way to fight the problem is prevention. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has discussed the crisis with the Mayor of Vancouver - where a public health emergency has been declared.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has survived a vote of no confidence - despite a rebellion by some of his own African National Congress MPs. The country has been in turmoil since the President removed his widely respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, back in March. We get reaction from South African journalist Verashni Pillay.

Plus James Turing speaks to us from Nairobi about his project which recycles unwanted laptops and make them available free to schools and community centres in Ghana and Malawi.

Presenter Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme by Mitchell Hartman of Marketplace on American Public Media and Yuan Yang, who reports for the Financial Times in Beijing.

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North Korea is reviewing plans to strike US military targets in Guam, the tiny US territory but Rex Tillerson has warned North Korea its actions could result in the end of its regime and the destruction of its people. We speak to Professor Michael Bevacqua at the University of Guam about the territory's strategic significance.

We cross to Sierra Leone for the latest in our series on the economics of birth - reporter Umaru Fofana finds a downward trend in mortality rates for mothers and babies.

Plus it's National Book Lovers Day in America!

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The former US vice president and climate change campaigner, Al Gore, says the United States looks likely to meet its commitments to the Paris accord despite President Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal. Mr Gore told the BBC that the largest US states had pledged to honour the agreement and hundreds of cities and businesses were already implementing reductions.

Plus does your company offer paid maternity leave? In Finland, a new mother gets up to 23 weeks paid leave with eight weeks of paid leave for her partner too. The United States, by contrast, doesn't guarantee paid parental leave to employees. Can Silicon Valley lead the march for change? The BBC's Dave Lee finds out more.

As football's Premier League celebrates its 25th anniversary, Professor Tom Cannon of Liverpool University looks at how the business of football has changed in that period, and whether the bubble will ever burst.

Fergus Nicoll is joined from Delhi by Jyoti Malhotra, consulting editor at the Indian Express and from New York by Alexander Kaufman, Business and Environment reporter with the Huffington Post.

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President Trump has renewed his verbal pressure on North Korea, warning Pyongyang not to take military action against the US or its allies. Mr Trump said he hoped the North's leader understood the gravity of the situation. World leaders have expressed concern at the war of words over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Vincent Ni, Senior Producer, BBC Chinese Service talks about how many people use services and social media platforms like Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba in China. They are currently investigation for alleged violations of cyber security laws and said people had been using the platforms to spread terrorism-related material, rumours and obscenities. The breaches "jeopardised national security," the administration said.

Michelle Fleury reports from New York about the growing premium market, as parents spend to make sure they have the very best products for their children. In the US, women are waiting longer to have children which, sometimes, means they have more disposable income.


We look at the relationship between politicians and business leaders after one of Donald Trump's advisers resigned over the president's stance on racist violence. Britain outlines its plans for European trade after Brexit, and we discuss the art of resignation, how to quit your job and stay on good terms with your boss.
Guests today include Diana Furchtgott Roth, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute in Washington DC. and Tony Nash, Chief Economist at Complete Intelligence in Singapore.


Are internet freedoms under threat in the United States? Dreamhost, a web hosting company, says it's been asked to hand over details identifying more than a million people who visited a site that was organising a protest against Donald Trump at his inauguration as president. We ask Adrian Shahbaz from Freedom House for his perspective.

How worried should we be by China's debt pile? The International Monetary Fund says “International experience suggests that China’s credit growth is on a dangerous trajectory.? We ask David Dollar from the Brookings Institution's China Centre is the IMF right that China's debt poses a danger?

And it's forty years since Elvis Presley - the man known as the king of rock and roll - died. In recent years there's been a repackaging of Elvis's music to make him more accessible to a younger audience. The BBC’s Richard Collings has been examining signs that the market for Elvis souvenirs and memorabilia may be cooling off.

Rob Young is joined by Simon Littlewood, the President of AC Growth Delivered in Singapore and Tony Wagner from the US public radio programme Marketplace in Los Angeles.

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Talks have started to renegotiate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement - a trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico. During his election campaign, Donald Trump called it the "worst deal ever" and vowed to fix it. Is the US administration right to say that NAFTA has failed many Americans? We ask Dr Adam Posen from the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC.

Ireland's future is one of the three main issues the UK and EU are discussing ahead of Brexit. The UK government has said there must be an "unprecedented solution" for the 310 mile border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. It's set to become the frontier between the UK and the European Union. We look at what it could mean for businesses on the island of Ireland.

The Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould has a new record deal with one of America's largest music publishers. The pianist, who died 35 years ago, is famous for his interpretations of some of the most complex pieces of keyboard music. Sir Nicholas Kenyon, who runs London's Barbican Centre, remembers Gould's unique performance style.

And he's back as Bond. Daniel Craig has confirmed he'll return as 007 one more time. So how has 007 changed over time? We hear from Brent Lang at Variety magazine in Los Angeles.

Rob Young is joined on the programme by Matt Cooper of Skillshare in New York and Catherine Yeung, Investment Director at Fidelity International, Hong Kong.

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When Business Matters reported from Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule, we asked what kind of place is Hong Kong becoming? Well, three of the founding members of the pro-democracy 2014 Umbrella Movement have been sentenced to time in prison. The BBC's Martin Yip caught up with one of the men, Joshua Wong, as he entered the court building before sentencing.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has announced that the number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has passed one million. We hear from campaign group The South Sudan We Want about the mass flights of South Sudanese into neighbouring countries.

This time five years ago, London was on a high after hosting the Olympic Games. Have people in Britain become fitter and more involved in sports since then? Chris Morris reflects on the legacy of London 2012.

Fergus Nicoll is joined on the programme by Sushma Ramachandran, the former Business Editor of The Hindu in Delhi and Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network in Toronto.

(Photo: Joshua Wong (centre) speaks between Nathan Law (left) and Alex Chow (right), leaders of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement' before sentencing. Photo credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)


Wall Street traders cheered when they heard that President Trump's top aide is leaving. We ask Marc Fisher from the Washington Post how much turbulence Bannon's forced departure will cause? Also, we hear from businesses in Barcelona in the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Spain. As many as 16 million people are now affected by some of the worst monsoon floods in South Asia in recent years. Food shortages and outbreaks of disease are raising fears of a humanitarian crisis, according to the International Red Cross. Shikha Shrestha from charity Water Aid speaks to us from Kathmandu. Fergus Nicoll is joined on the programme by Clive Hunton of ABC News in Canberra.

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President Trump is due to set out his administrations policy on Afghanistan. James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Washington DC, tells us his expectations.
The controversy swirling around Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has intensified. Anti-corruption campaigners have criticised police who they say tried to prevent their demonstrations over the weekend. We hear more from our Middle East correspondent.
Generation iGen or GenZ - that is, born after 1995, have never known anything but a world with cellphones, Google and Amazon. That lifelong immersion in cyberculture has produced some interesting and some unpleasant effects. Dr Jean Twenge is Professor of Psychology at San Diego University tells us more about her new book.
Fergus Nicoll is joined by Shalini Mahtani, co-founder and Chair of the Zubin Foundation and Professor Richard Wolff of the University of Massachusetts - founder of the group Democracy at Work.
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Washington imposed sanctions on a number of Russian and Chinese companies and individuals it accused of helping North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. A Chinese official condemned the move as a mistake which should immediately be corrected. Theresa Fallon - Director of the Centre for Russia, Europe and Asia Studies in Brussels, has told us more.
Hunting is a big sport in America - but it has its critics. During the Obama administration, restrictions were placed on some aspects of hunting in Alaska's wildlife refuges - including hunting bears when they're hibernating and shooting their cubs. But those restrictions have been scrapped by the new administration. We have a report from the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.
You don't have to be hip to mourn the passing of the Village Voice - at least in its printed form. From time to time in recent years, we've reported on the closure of several American papers with distinguished records in their home states - including the Rocky Mountain News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Voice - like other alternative weeklies - was always likely to struggle in the internet age. Lukas Alpert, media reporter at the Wall Street Journal, has explained its significance.
Fergus Nicoll is joined by Jyoti Malhotra, Consulting Editor at the Indian Express, is in Delhi and Nancy Marshall-Genzer of Marketplace in Washington DC.

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Luisa Ortega says Maduro and other senior politicians in Venezuela accepted large bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company. We get the latest from the BBC's Daniel Garcia Marco in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. Also in the programme: Samsung has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Note 8. We hear from BBC correspondent Michelle Fleury, who attended the launch in New York. Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by Madhavan Narayanan, a freelance writer in Delhi, and entrepreneur and author August Turak from North Carolina.
(Picture: Venezuela's former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega. Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)


The host of an anti-Trump website has been told to hand over details of its visitors. The US Justice Department wants the details from Dreamhost of people who visited the website to plan riots and marches on the day President Trump was inaugurated. We speak to Dreamhost's general counsel. Plus, the British PR firm Bell Pottinger has been found to have violated the industry's code of conduct over a social media campaign in South Africa. Also in the programme: the BBC's Charlotte Pamment reports from the Polish/Belarussian border, where primeval forests are threatened with destruction. Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by Andrew Peaple from the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Alexander Kaufman, reporter at the Huffington Post in New York.
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The US has called President Nicolás Maduro's government a dictatorship, but Venezuela says it won't allow America to encourage a humanitarian crisis to develop. We get the latest from the BBC's Will Grant in Cuba. Plus, as thousands of Texans flee Hurricane Harvey, we ask what impact it will have and how oil production might be affected. And what power should tech companies have in censoring the internet? Susannah Streeter is joined throughout the programme by economist Sean Turnell from Yangon in Myanmar.
(Picture: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Credit: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)


Flooding in Texas - already described as catastrophic - is expected to get worse as the waters continue to rise. We examine the situation with Dr Stephen Strader, a geographer and environmental scientist at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Elsewhere, Alison van Diggelen has been to San Jose to explore a city that isn't content to wait for federal infrastructure investment. Amazon kicked off its first day as the owner of Whole Foods by slashing prices. The company also aims to make Amazon Prime the customer loyalty scheme at the supermarket. So could the deal spur big changes in how people shop for groceries? And can you imagine travelling 700 miles per hour inside a pod propelled through a vacuum tube? The BBC's Regan Morris has been checking out capsule tests at SpaceX in Southern California. Fergus Nicoll is joined on the programme by Duncan Clark, Chairman of BDA China from Beijing and Alison van Diggelen, host of, from San Francisco.

(Picture: People catch a ride on a construction vehicle down a flooded street in Houston, Texas. Credit: Getty Images)


The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is due to arrive in Japan shortly for talks with her counterpart Shinzo Abe. Both sides are weighing up what a future trade deal might look like after the UK leaves the European Union. So what kind of welcome will Mrs May receive in Japan? As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter Texas, officials ordered a complete evacuation in Brazoria County after a levee at Columbia Lakes was breached. We have an update from Houston. Moving to Asia, large parts of Mumbai, India's commercial hub, are under water after torrential monsoon rains. Elsewhere, why are so many Bangladeshis leaving their country? They're now one of the largest migrant groups making the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from Dhaka. And what's the trick to getting young people to ride motorcycles? Andy Uhler's been investigating. Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the hour by Grace Sai, co-founder and CEO of The Hub Singapore and Andy Uhler from public radio programme Marketplace in Los Angeles.

(Picture: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Prime Minister Theresa May meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. Credit: Getty Images.)


President Trump says he wants to reform America's tax system and told people in Missouri about his plans to cut corporation tax rate to 15%. So what do businesses think? We speak to Ray McCarthy from the Associated Industries of Missouri and Harry Stein at the Center for American Progress think tank. Elsewhere in the US, the country's largest oil refinery has been temporarily shut down because of floodwaters in Texas. It is owned by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, and we hear from its chief executive, Ben van Beurden, about the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey on its operations. Also in the programme, we remember businessman Sir David Tang who has died. He was a giant of the business world in China, Hong Kong and Britain. He owned a high-end fashion chain, restaurants, and wrote a weekly column in the Financial Times. Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times shares some memories of his friend and colleague. Plus we have a report from Serbia on a boom of artisanal ice cream makers in the capital Belgrade. Roger Hearing is joined during the programme by Peter Morici, from the University of Maryland in Washington DC, and Andrew Peaple from the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

(Picture: President Donald Trump arriving to speak about tax reform plans in Springfield, Missouri. Credit: Getty Images)


Colombia's Farc rebel group has formally relaunched itself as a political party. The guerrilla fighters signed an historic ceasefire with the Colombian government last year to end 50 years of violence. Natalio Cosoy reports from Bogota.

Also on the programme, the BBC's Rahul Tandon assesses what impact the Indian government's controversial "demonetisation" policy has had on the country's economy.

Do film festivals actually boost the film industry? We hear from one of the World's smaller ones on the Scottish islands of Shetland.

And, as the Caledonian sleeper train gets a multi-million pound revamp, what is it that gets people so misty-eyed about train travel? Railway historian Tim Dunn joins us.

Roger Hearing is joined from Seoul by Jasper Kim, chief executive of the Asia-Pacific Global Research Group, financial reform advocate Alexis Goldstein in Washington DC, and the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney.

(Photo: Farc members attend the opening of their National Congress in Bogota,Colombia (credit:Raul Arboledar.AFP/Getty Images)


The Kenyan Supreme Court has ordered a new vote, citing irregularities. Yvonne Okwara is a business presenter on Kenya Television Network, and tells us what the likely impact on the country's economy will be.

Brazil has managed to shake off its deep recession. Daniel Gallas explains how a surge in agricultural production helped the country back to growth.

Also on the programme, a warning about how a lack of infrastructure could stunt the growth of the electric car market. And, we visit a London restaurant that's trying to entice a new generation to enjoy eating eels.

Rob Young is joined throughout the hour from Wellington, by Radio New Zealand's Colin Peacock.

Picture: Supporters of Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga celebrate in the streets of Nairobi (Credit:Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images).


The UN's Security Council met in New York after North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb. The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the meeting her country's patience was "not unlimited" and would table a resolution to toughen sanctions. China, meanwhile, wants to negotiate with North Korea. We hear from China's economic correspondent at the Financial Times, Yuan Yang, live from the North Korean border. We also speak to the head of the UK's public relations industry body, which has expelled the British firm Bell Pottinger over its controversial PR campaign in South Africa. Plus, how Sydney's rocketing real estate market is forcing people to live on the streets. Lucy Burton is joined throughout the programme by David Kuo of The Motley Fool from Singapore and activist Jose Martin in Washington DC.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected expansion of sanctions against North Korea. We ask Larry Korb, former assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan, whether a military response could be an option. Are the BRICS countries still a viable club in today's economy? We hear from Dr Sergey Radchenko, Professor of International Relations at Cardiff University. Plus, we speak to Lego Chairman Jorgen vig Knudstorp after the company posted a 3% fall in profit. Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme by Jyoti Malhotra, Consulting Editor at the Indian Express in Delhi and David Brancaccio, host of Marketplace Morning Report on American Public Media.
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The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda says 90% of buildings have been damaged. We get an update from Puerto Rico - the next island in Irma's firing line. Plus, we speak to Diane Swonk of DS Economics in Chicago following the resignation of the US Federal Reserve's vice chairman, Stanley Fischer. And we hear how cannabis-based medication could tackle the opioid epidemic in the US and Canada. Fergus Nicoll is joined by James Kirchick, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and Simon Littlewood, president of the Asia Now Consulting Group, from Singapore.
(Picture: A road flooded by Hurricane Irma, Credit: GEMMA HANDY/AFP/Getty Images)


More fatalities are left in the wake of Hurricane Irma as the Virgin Islands begin a process of rescue and recovery. We speak to natural hazards expert at insurance company Swiss Re, Megan Linkin, who evaluates the damage and rebuilding costs of this record-breaking hurricane.

We look at acute poverty in one of the world's wealthiest economies. Parts of rural Alabama have such basic sanitation and minimal infrastructure that sewage overflow has led to a problem which was thought to have been completely eradicated in America - hookworm. We hear more from the author of the latest report on the problem.

2016 was an exceptionally good year for British music exports, says BPI, which represents the interests of British record companies. Michael Bonner from UNCUT magazine explains why exports were up 11% in 2016.

All this with live guests Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in Washington DC, and Sushma Ramachandran, former Business Editor of The Hindu in Delhi.

(Image: Hurricane Irma on a weather satellite. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)


The full force of nature is being unleashed on the northern Caribbean, with hurricanes Irma and now Jose causing mass destruction. In the United States, Florida is getting ready for the impact. We find out what preparations are being made from Philip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami. And we hear from Dr Swenja Surminski, expert on disaster risk reduction at the London School of Economics. Also in the programme, we find out about carmaker Jaguar Land Rover's plan to electrify its model range by 2020. Plus we look back at all the week's big business stories with Matt Campbell from Bloomberg, and Jamie Heller of the Wall Street Journal. And China says 'non' to French cheese. There is no official reason, but importers and diplomats say it's a hygiene issue. We talk to Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie in London, to get her reaction. Roger Hearing is joined on the programme by Clive Hunton from ABC News Australia, who is in Canberra.

(Picture: A house in Barbuda, severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Credit: Laura Bicker)


The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose new tougher sanctions on North Korea. The latest sanctions impose a ban on North Korea's textile exports and caps crude oil exports. We hear from Edward Fishman from the Atlantic Council based in Washington.

The world's largest arms fair begins in London later today. Post-Brexit, will the UK rely on controversial arms revenue more than ever?

Shares in the Indian dating site have gone on sale for the first time. Mahesh Murthy is an investor who tells us why he thinks the shares may be overvalued.

Lucy Burton is joined throughout the programme by Ralph Silva in Toronto and Miranda Johnson in Singapore.

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The newest version of Apple's iPhone has been launched in Cupertino, California. Stuart Miles of the tech site pocket Lint gives us the low-down on the latest device. Also in the programme we have a report from Chile on how the country is trying to bring about more sustainable fishing. Plus a court in the US has ruled that a monkey is not entitled to royalties earned from a photo it took of itself. We get analysis from Andres Guadamuz, lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of East Sussex.

Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Simon Littlewood of AC Growth Delivered in Singapore and Nicole Childers, senior producer with Marketplace in Los Angeles.

Picture: Phil Schiller introduces the new iPhone X Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to the UN secretary general. Antonio Guterres said alleged attacks by security forces on Rohingya villagers were completely unacceptable.

Hillary Clinton has just released 'What Happened', an account of one of the most shocking results in American election history. We hear from journalist, historian and commentator Thomas Frank who has reviewed the book.

How many tourists is too many? This summer in the northern hemisphere, over tourism has become a thing. So much so that cities like Barcelona and San Sebastian in Spain have staged anti-tourism marches. Sarah Swadling reports from the Dutch capital which is now taking steps to curb tourist numbers.

Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Catherine Yeung in Hong Kong and Peter Morici from the University of Maryland in Washington DC.

(Photo: Rohingya Refugees Flood Into Bangladesh Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


India and Japan have today launched a series of join initiatives including the construction of a $17bn bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. We hear about the blossoming relationship between the two countries.

And we find out more about a portable DNA sequencer to help spot viral infections jeopardising cassava crops in Africa. Plus we discuss the latest report from the UN trade body, UNCTAD, 'Beyond Austerity: Towards A Global New Deal'.

Our guests today are Kara Alaimo in Washington DC and Y.S. Chi in Seoul.

Picture: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images


Is independence really on the cards? Fergus Nicholl puts this question to veteran Middle East analyst, Hazer Temourian, who knows the Kurdish leadership well. Also in the programme, Beijing orders a ban on initial coin offerings leading to four of China's Bitcoin exchanges to announce they will stop trading. Simon Taylor co-founder of 11FS consultancy, which advises banks and governments, explains why this matters. The auditing firm KPMG has replaced its entire leadership team in South Africa. Verashni Pillay of Power 987 in Johannesburg contemplates, how big was the clean-out at the top? Business Matter is also joined for comment throughout by Peter Ryan, the ABC's Senior Business Correspondent, from Sydney.



The French overseas territory of Guadeloupe is bracing itself for the arrival of Hurricane Maria - the latest storm to hit the Caribbean. The EU's Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom says Britain can't establish new trade agreements before April 2019. The last British colonial Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten, is scheduled to make a speech that coincides with the latest court hearings involving a group of pro-democracy activists. Economist Andy Xie gives his reaction. She died as Mother Teresa. Since her death she's been anointed Saint Teresa. Now, the Missionaries of Charity have decided to trademark her sari, as Rahul Tandon reports. Plus the BBC's Anna Holligan explores whether live video gaming might become part of the Olympic Games. Fergus Nicoll is joined on the programme by Alexis Goldstein, a financial reform advocate in Washington DC and Andy Xie, an independent economist in Shanghai.

(Picture: A man and a boy nail a board over a window in Trois-Rivieres, on the Fench Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Credit: Getty Images)


UN member states are expected to sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons at a meeting in New York on Wednesday. We discuss the nuclear issue with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of IISS-Americas. The struggling retailer, Toys R Us, has filed for bankruptcy in the US and Canada. We hear from Steve Dennis of SageBerry Consulting about the challenge to traditional retailers from online sellers. Elsewhere in America, we find out how rodeo has been helping some rural areas survive. Fergus Nicoll is joined on the programme by Mitchell Hartman of public radio programme, Marketplace, from Portland in Oregon and Anjani Trivedi of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

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The Federal Reserve has announced it will start to reduce its $4.2 trillion balance sheet come October. We speak to David Wessel - Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Ahead of the German election this Sunday, we have a report from Munich on the health of the economy there. As tensions rise over an upcoming referendum on whether Catalonia should split from the rest of the country, we hear from David Palacios, a freelance journalist in Barcelona.

As the world's population grows and we all live longer, there are concerns that dementia could become a global health emergency. We hear from Glenn Rees, the chair of Alzheimer's Disease International.

From New York, we are joined by the businessman and best-selling author Ed Conard and from New Delhi, by the former senior editor at the Hindustan Times Madhavan Narayanan.

Also in the programme, are restaurants getting too noisy to eat in? According to a survey for the British charity Action on Hearing Loss, many of us would rather get a takeaway than eat out because of noise levels. the BBC's Luke Jones investigates.

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President Trump ramps up sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Business Matters asks Katherine Moon, professor of political science at Wellsley College, whether it will make any difference. Also on the programme, the BBC's Rob Young reports from the German capital on the problems facing the economy ahead of the elections. Many restaurants aspire to achieve Michelin stars. However, one chef in France felt so pressured by the accolade, he wants to give the stars back. Food writer for the Daily Telegraph and former chef Xanthe Clay discusses what she thinks of the chef's decision. Business Matters is joined from Singapore by Tony Nash from Complete Intelligence and Gernot Wagner, economist at the environmental defense fund joining us from Cambridge Massuchusetts.



In a landmark speech in Florence, Theresa May said she would like trade terms with the EU to remain as they are until 2021. Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at Institute of Directors and John Mills founder of consumer products company JML , give their reaction to the British PM's speech. Also on the programme, the BBC's Rob Young reports from Berlin on the German election campaign as it approaches the final stages. Andy Chamberlin, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed comments on the announcement by Transport for London that it will not be renewing Uber's license. For comment throughout the programme, Sussannah Streeter is joined by Professor Danny Samson from the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne for comment throughout the programme.



Voters are jubilant as they go to the polls, but Baghdad opposes the vote. We get the latest from the BBC's Jiyar Gol in Erbil. We get reaction from Berlin following Angela Merkel's re-election as German chancellor. Fergus Nicol is joined throughout the programme by Jason Abbruzzese of Mashable in New York and by Andrew Peaple, deputy Asia finance editor for the Wall Street Journal, in Hong Kong.
(Picture: A woman casts her referendum vote at a voting station in Erbil, Iraq; Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)


The island's governor, Ricardo Rossello, has called on the US Congress for help, and President Trump will visit next week. We get the latest from reporter David Begnaud who's in Puerto Rico. Plus, we ask whether Western companies should be boycotting those in Myanmar in light of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme by David Kuo of the Motley Fool in Singapore and, from Washington DC, Nancy Marshall-Genzer of Marketplace.
(Picture: People queue to get petrol in Puerto Rico; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


President Trump has announced his plans to reform and simplify the US tax system. We get reaction from Colin Wilhelm, financial services reporter at Politico. The row over the Canadian transport company Bombardier has escalated, it now faces a 220% US import duty. Aviation analyst Chris Tarry assess the fallout.

Also in the programme, is socialism making its way back into mainstream politics? One man that certainly thinks so is Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition Labour party, who set out his vision for government today. We get reaction from both our live guests: From Washington, the economist Peter Morici and from Delhi, Jyoti Malhotra, Consulting Editor at the Indian Express.

Plus, as Twitter trials 240 character posts, we hear why writer, broadcaster and prolific tweeter Dom Knight is against the move.

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Beijing says that North Korean businesses on its territories have 120 days to shut down. We ask Korea specialist Jenny Town for her view. Also in the programme, Irwin Stelzer, of the Hudson Institute, assesses the risk of a transatlantic trade war in light of the dispute between Boeing and the Canadian company Bombardier. We have a report from Norway on whether its border controls with the EU might offer a model for Britain to follow after Brexit. And have you ever wondered if the reviews you read with glowing descriptions of restaurants, films or books are real? Roger Hearing discusses this with guests Dante Disparte, of the Risk Cooperative in Washington DC, and Professor Asit Biswas, co-founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Singapore.

(Picture: Two Chinese women dressed in traditional dress by the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, which leads to the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Credit: Getty Images)


At least 21 staff reported health problems ranging from mild brain trauma to deafness and nausea, although who was behind the possible sonic attacks remains unclear. We have the latest from Cuba correspondent Will Grant. Also we're in Catalonia ahead of a contested independence vote from Spain and we hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in conversation with Kai Ryssdal from US public radio show Marketplace, about his two years so far running one of the world's biggest tech firms. Plus we speak to Suzanne Hook, who was orphaned during the Vietnam War, raised in the UK and who is now running her own orphanage back in Ho Chi Minh City. And we chat about Elon Musk's conviction that his company SpaceX will be able to land a manned rocket on Mars by 2024. Presenter Jon Bithrey is joined throughout the programme by Colin Peacock, host of Mediawatch on Radio New Zealand.

(Image: US embassy in Havana, Cuba, AFP)


At least 59 people have been killed and another 527 injured in a mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas.
64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on an open-air music festival from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel.
President Donald Trump described the attack as "pure evil."
We have the latest from Las Vegas.

Also on the programme, why the number of foreign applicants to US Business Schools is falling, a warning that markets aren't paying enough attention to geopolitical events when it comes to oil prices, and the US scientists honoured with the Nobel Prize for their work looking at the human body clock.

Lucy Burton is joined throughout the programme from San Francisco by Alison Van Diggelen, the host of radio programme Fresh Dialogues and Simon Littlewood, President of ACG consulting group in Singapore. They'll also be joined from Hong Kong by the BBC's Juliana Liu.

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The Las Vegas shooting has prompted renewed calls for reform to gun laws in the United States, but will there ever be movement on gun legislation?
We have the latest political reaction from both sides of the debate and hear from Kim Parker author of the report America's Complex Relationship with Guns for the Pew Foundation Center. We'll also hear from Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign group, which campaigns to eradicate gun violence in the United States.

Also on the programme, how Scotland has moved to ban fracking and why the Taj Mahal has been controversially left out of an Indian tourism brochure.

The BBC's Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme from New York by Justin Ho from US business programme Marketplace, and from Dehli by Madhavan Narayanan of They're also joined by the BBC's Cindy Sui.

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The Catalan government is expected to declare independence in the next few days. So what is the European Union doing about the possible fragmentation and what would its loss mean for Spain?

Does the US Secretary of State think the US President is a moron? That was the substance of a conversation leaked to NBC News - coming off the back of a presidential tweet lampooning Rex Tillerson for his efforts in trying to talk to North Korea. We’ll assess the Secretary of State’s performance in the White House so far.

Ten people have been arrested in Brazil in an operation against illegal logging in the Amazon basin. Valuable hardwood trees were cut down inside an indigenous territory and sold across the globe - an illegal business thought to have been worth more than $250m. The BBC’s Daniel Gallas gives us the latest from São Paolo.

All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Diane Brady, writer and media executive in New York. And Catherine Yeung, Investment Director at Fidelity International in Hong Kong.

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