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The US has approved controversial tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels.The move is in line with President Trump's 'America First' trade policy, which aims to protect local manufacturers from foreign competition. Chinese solar panels makers and washing...

Sky dreamers

The twin demands of overcrowded, gridlocked cities and climate change are inspiring a radical rethink of how we get around. Are flying cars, autonomous sky taxis and electric engines the stuff of dreams, or are we entering a third...

Davos bound

Just a few years ago, it was fashionable in January for journalists to pen pieces announcing that the Alpine gathering of the so-called global elites, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, was waning in influence, and that the...

#MeToo hits Davos

Amid the ongoing fallout from widespread sexual assault and harassment allegations and the #MeToo campaign, gender equality is high on the Davos agenda this year, but the elite annual gathering still has its own issues to solve.Gillian Tans is...

Backpack midwife

Call the midwife in Nairobi, Kenya, and you may receive a visit from someone like Margaret Wairimu Maina.She sets off on foot looking something like an astronaut, carrying a backpack stuffed full of hi-tech gadgets designed to monitor a...
Of all the many franchises operating around the world, there’s no denying that the best-known brand is McDonalds. One of the most famous companies of all time, McDonalds has around 36,000 branches in more than 100 countries around the...
Tesco is to cut 1,700 jobs from its branches and warehouses as part of its turnaround strategy for the company. The UK's biggest supermarket chain also plans to create 900 jobs and try to move staff affected by the...
UK bookmakers have seen their shares fall sharply after a report suggesting the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals could be slashed.Ministers are likely to cut the stake from £100 to £2 after a consultation closes, according to the...
Prospects for the global economy are looking brighter, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).It reckons the recent pick-up has been pretty broad-based, particularly in Europe and Asia. Tax reforms in the United States are expected to stimulate...
Too many people are still being left out of the global recovery, says IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, she warned governments and policymakers not be lulled into complacency.More from the BBC's...
Talks between Britain's biggest union and Vauxhall's French owner PSA Group were "frank" but useful, the sides say.Unite head Len McCluskey was in Paris for a meeting with PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares about the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere...
One of the most successful business models of all time, the franchise has had a huge impact on industries and economies around the world. Countless entrepreneurs have used the franchise as their way into business and their path to...

Exiled for being Jewish

When Adam Ringer was forcibly removed from Poland simply because he was Jewish, he didn't think he'd ever be able to return to his homeland.It was back in 1968 that Mr Ringer, 19 at the time, was made to...
The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed.Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1%...
In 2010 luxury travel company ITC was losing £1m a year. Jen Atkinson took over as CEO and told staff they had to "leap from a burning platform". ITC is now profitable again. Ms Atkinson puts her success down...
The small Malaysian state of Penang is punching well above its weight in the tech world through hardware manufacturing.Similar to the way Silicon Valley developed, local engineers from big tech manufacturers are leaving to strike out on their own,...