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EU to standardise mobile phone chargers

Mobile phone manufacturers will all have to use the same charging plug under EU proposals. We find out what's behind the move from Louise Guillot, sustainability reporter at Politico. Also in the programme, global stock markets have been spooked in recent days by whether the Chinese conglomerate Evergrande would be able to meet interest payments due today. Iris Pang is chief economist for Greater China at the bank ING in Hong Kong, and brings us up to date. Plus, the UN Food Systems Summit today, attended by more than 85 heads of state and government, aims to find ways to make food production more efficient.Today's edition is presented by Mike Johnson and produced by Nisha Patel and Susan Karanja.

26mins

23 Sep 2021

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Lebanon’s inflation rate the highest in the world

Lebanon’s inflation rate has become the highest in the world, according to the latest figures from the Lebanon Central Administration of Statistics. Tala Ramadan, a journalist in Beirut, explains how ordinary people in Lebanon are trying to get by, as fuel, food and internet connection become ever more scarce.

9mins

22 Sep 2021

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Update: DraftKings makes bid for UK gambling firm Entain

The US sports betting company has made an offer reportedly worth $20 billion. We examine the significance of the offer with Alice Hancock, leisure industries reporter with the Financial Times.And Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in New Jersey brings us up to date with today's movements on Wall Street.

8mins

21 Sep 2021

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Canada: Narrow win for Justin Trudeau

Canada's leader Justin Trudeau has secured another term, but without an overall majority. Mr Trudeau had hoped Canadians would reward his handling of the pandemic and relatively smooth vaccine roll out by returning his Liberal Party with a strong majority, but journalist Jatinder Sidhu in Vancouver explains why that didn't happen, and discusses the economic implications of the result. Also in the programme, there's been widespread fallout across Europe from rapidly rising energy prices. The BBC's Ed Butler considers the consequences for business, and explores the role of Russia in the whole affair. Plus, shares in Universal Music Group soared by as much as a third as they were spun off from French media giant Vivendi with a listing on the Amsterdam stock exchange. We find out why from Dr Matt Grimes, who is an expert on the music business at Birmingham City University. Presenter: Mike Johnson Producers: Matthew Davies and Russell Padmore.

26mins

21 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Update: US stocks fall on Chinese finance fears

The Dow Jones index fell 1.7% on Monday over fears that the Chinese property developer Evergrande is struggling to repay its debts, which could impact big banks. Our correspondent Michelle Fleury explains the story.

4mins

20 Sep 2021

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Russian election: Kremlin rejects vote-rigging accusations

President Putin's United Russia won two thirds of seats in the lower house of parliament. The party's vote share was down four points on five years ago, and we hear about the new Russian parliament's main economic challenges from Chris Weafer, chief executive of the Moscow-based consultancy Macro Advisory. Also in the programme, ahead of elections this weekend, the BBC's Theo Leggett reports from Munich in Germany on what businesses hope for from the next Chancellor. A month after seizing power in Afghanistan, the Taliban have effectively banned women from working. We get reaction to the latest developments from Pashtana Durrani, who is a women's rights activist in the country. Plus, our regular workplace commentator Stephanie Hare explores the art of storytelling in the workplace. Today's edition is presented by Rahul Tandon, and produced by Clare Williamson and Russell Padmore.

26mins

20 Sep 2021

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Energy crisis continues across the world

The wholesale price of gas has soared in the UK, Europe and Asia because of a squeeze on supplies. Ellen Fraser, energy expert at Barringa Partners, explains how a perfect storm of problems has created the energy crisis, while independent economist Michael Hughes weighs in on how the resultant inflation effects might weight on central bankers' minds. Also in the programme, Canadians go to the polls on 20 September after a short 35-day election campaign sprint. Mark Agnew of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce explains what businesses are hoping for once the results are in. A new report shows how China continues to dominate the e-commerce market. And entertainment reporter KJ Matthews gives some tips on what to watch out for at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

22mins

20 Sep 2021

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Update: England overhauls its Covid travel rules

Double vaccinated travellers will not have to undergo Covid pre-departure tests.

9mins

18 Sep 2021

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Google and Apple accused of bowing to censorship

As the Russian election gets underway Google and Apple have removed a tactical voting app. Opposition activists have accused the tech giants of bowing to pressure from the Kremlin, and we get reaction to the move from Leonid Volkov, who ran jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's campaign in 2018. Also in the programme, the BBC's Rebecca Kesby finds out how scientists are using genetic material from wild plants to make agricultural crops more resilient to climate change. Plus, we look back on the life of the British inventor, Sir Clive Sinclair, famous for developing the pioneering ZX Spectrum personal computer. Henrique Olifiers runs computer game development firm Bossa Studio, and gives us his perspective.Today's edition is presented by Mike Johnson, and produced by Lucy Burton, Deborah Weitzmann and Russell Newlove.

24mins

17 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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Update: UN secretary general climate change warning

The UN secretary general has warned that greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is rising relentlessly after a short dip during the pandemic. Antonio Guterres said he was alarmed how far the world was off course in tackling climate change. We speak to Barbara Davidson at Carbon Tracker about a published report that showed many companies fail to include their climate impact in their financial statements. Plus showbiz reporter Beverly Lyons tells us why Elton John has postponed his UK and European tour until 2023.

12mins

16 Sep 2021

Rank #10