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BBC World Business Report: Episodes

The merger gives birth to a new oil and gas giant. So is it a sign of more deals to come?
Also in the programme, whilst it dates back to the late 18th Century, Britain's non-domiciled, or non-dom tax status maybe up for review after next month's UK general election.
We talk to Jon Elphick at tax consultancy ...
Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall Street gives his view on the day's trading.
US parcels delivery firm FedEx is to buy its Dutch rival TNT Express for nearly $5bn as it hopes to expand its European operations. The BBC's Theo Leggett tells us about the deal.
Radio France broadcasts radio silence as the station is hit by its longest strike in a decade. Hugh Schofield has more from ...
In Turkey people trying to access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube today found the sites blocked by the government, who accused the sites of spreading terrorist propaganda. In India, where urban pollution has risen to alarming levels, Prime Minister Modi launches a National Air Quality Index to monitor ...
Iranian businesses prepare for life after sanctions, also - with a maritime border dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast still unresolved, there's a lot at stake for Tullow Oil. And Fergus Nicoll reviews the week's events from the US policy on global warming to the outcome of Nigeria's election and the ...
Is this the beginning of the end for western sanctions on Iran? Representatives of six world powers have agreed the framework for a final deal with Teheran on its nuclear programme. It would mean the relaxation of those sanctions. Cary Leahy from Decision Economics explained the potential implications ...
Jose Manuel Barosso, the former president of the European Commission tells World Business Report that the new Greek government made unrealistic promises to voters that it cannot now fulfil. He tells presenter Mike Johnson that Greece's demands were completely unacceptable to other countries. We also ...
Fast-food giant McDonald's says it will raise the pay of more than 90,000 US employees to at least $1 above the legal minimum wage. Plus investors took a gloomy view of the latest US private payroll employment figures; Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey explains why.
Investors have welcomed Muhammadu Buhari's victory in Nigeria's Presidential election. The country's main share index rose more than 8 per cent on Wednesday, but can the 72 year old former military dictator inspire a new era of peace and prosperity for Africa's largest economy?
Also on the programme, ...
Muhammadu Buhari wins the Nigerian election - but has got a plan for the economy? Manji Cheto an Africa Analyst at risk advisors, Teneo Intelligence gives her view. UK GDP rose by 2.8% in 2014 - confirming it as the fastest growing of the major advanced economies. But not everyone is feeling the benefits. ...
President Obama has unveiled plans to cut carbon emissions. But will the plan work?

Also in the programme, the chairman of South Africa's biggest power provider, Eskom, has stepped down. Milton Nkosi explains why power has become such a big issue in the country.

British economic growth turned out higher ...
Peter Jankovskis director of research at Oakbrook Investments summarizes what's been happening on the financial markets.
As the results of Nigeria's presidential election continue to come in, the US and Britain have issued a joint statement expressing concern about possible "political interference".

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

The final outcome ...
Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York on an increase in the oil price due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.
As Nigerians get ready to vote, we ask how badly Africa's biggest economy has been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, and whether the next president will be able to restore international investor confidence. We speak to the boss of a mobile payments company in the capital, Lagos, and also a textile ...
Renewed tension in the Middle East is taking its toll on the financial markets. Oil prices have been volatile, and shares lower, after a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia says its air strikes have destroyed the Houthi combat and control ...
French prosecutors say the co-pilot on Germanwings flight 9525 appeared to want to "destroy the plane", so what are the implications for security in the airline industry following the tragedy in the French Alps? Oil prices jump and market shares trade lower after a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launches ...
As Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil-field services company, agrees to pay $232.7 million for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan, we speak to Nicole Hong, Legal Reporter for the Wall Street Journal for the latest on the government’s extended crackdown on companies doing business with ...
It's the latest mega-merger in the world of food as Heinz reveals plans to merge with Kraft. We'll hear how the deal is being driven by a desire to cut costs, as many people demand fresher, less processed food.

Nigerians will be voting for a new government this weekend. We speak to Oseun Odewale, a ...
Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street discusses the markets with Susannah Streeter
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