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August 23, 2019
Update: Trump hits China with tariffsAugust 23, 2019
The US has hit back at China in their escalating trade war raising tariffs in retaliation for Beijing's announcement earlier in the day of new duties on American goods. In a series of tweets President Trump said existing 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods will increase to 30% starting on October 1st. We from the BBC's Zoe Thomas.
August 23, 2019
The dark world of online disinformationAugust 23, 2019
Google has shut down 210 channels on YouTube it said were part of a "coordinated” attempt to post misleading material about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Twitter has also announced it would no longer allow ads from broadcasters who were financially and editorially controlled by governments, after facing severe criticism for allowing anti-Hong Kong ads to spread on the platform. This is just a small part of the online world of disinformation, spread by fake user accounts all across social...
August 22, 2019
Update: How worried are bankers about a recession?August 22, 2019
As central bankers meet at Jackson Hole, how worried are they about a recession? And as President Trump fails to buy Greenland, we hear a history of purchasing foreign lands.
August 21, 2019
Trying to Predict a RecessionAugust 21, 2019
We look at one key indicator, the inverted yield curve, which has some economists worried that a recession could be on its way. A controversial gold mine gets the go-ahead in Armenia despite environmental concerns. And we hear from the project trying to tackle malnutrition in East Africa – Amar Ali, the chief executive of Improved Foods, tells us about his innovative way of getting high quality grains to Rwanda and Sudan.
August 20, 2019
Brexit fears for seaportsAugust 20, 2019
As Britain’s new-ish prime minister has written to leaders of the European Union saying he wants the UK to leave the EU in just over two months’ time – with a deal if one can be agreed. PM Boris Johnson, a cheerleader for Brexit, repeated his pledge that the UK will leave with or without an agreement on October the 31st. Many in business have long been concerned about the potential for disruption at the sea ports that connect the UK to continental Europe if there’s a no deal exit. Rob...
August 20, 2019
What will happen at UK ports after Brexit?August 20, 2019
With a no-deal Brexit looking more likely every day, various parts of UK industry are preparing for the potential disruption. Rob Young speaks with representatives of shipping, ports, freight, haulage and business to get a sense of whether, and how smoothly, trade will flow between the UK and Europe on 1st November. Italy's prime minister resigns as another political crisis unfolds. Could this lead to early elections? We speak to journalist Sabina Castelfranco who's been following events in...
August 19, 2019
Sudan: Army and civilians seal power-sharing dealAugust 19, 2019
Sudan's competing political elites have signed a power-sharing agreement that should navigate the country away from military rule and towards democracy. We get analysis from Sally Nabil, the BBC's Arabic correspondent in Khartoum. French President, Emmanuel Macron meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin later today. We hear from Eric Chaney, economic adviser to the Institut Montaigne and former chief economist at Axa. On Monday the United States Trade Representative starts hearings in an...
August 16, 2019
UPdate: Sudan to get new governmentAugust 16, 2019
After months of street protests in Sudan intermittently curtailed by extreme violence on the part of the military government and its paramilitary allies, a new, semi-civilian government is to be sworn in this weekend. We hear from Dr Sara Abd-al-Jalil, a representative of the Sudan Professionals' Association. Plus, Chris Low from FTN brings us the latest from the financial markets.
August 16, 2019
Tackling forest firesAugust 16, 2019
Wildfires around the world are becoming more and more frequent and intense. We join firefighters on the ground in southern France and hear what they're doing to tackle the problem from a 45m high tower right in the heart of the Landes du Medoc forest. We speak to the head of the region's fire brigade and a volunteer fireman. Also in the programme, as demonstrators protest in Hong Kong for the eleventh week in a row, we hear how this has affected its economy and businesses. We speak to...
August 15, 2019
Stock markets stable after China trade warningAugust 15, 2019
Stock markets around the world have stabilised, after fears of a slowing global economy sparked a big sell-off on Wednesday. We get analysis from Cary Leahey of Decision Economics in New York. And we look at the hype around 3D printing and why it hasn’t lived up to its reputation – it turns out the machines used too much electricity, the materials were expensive and sometimes printing items took far too long.