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What's knocked markets off course?
 Financial markets had seen smooth sailing in recent years. But it looks like that's over.

Johnson & Johnson shares drop after asbestos report
 Shares drop as Reuters study says firm knew asbestos "lurked" in its talcum powder for decades.

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos
 Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be accessed.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?
 A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.

China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war
 The country's finance ministry also confirms plans to suspend higher tariffs on US-made cars.

Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy
 Business activity in France has contracted following the gilets jaunes protests, a survey suggests.

Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space
 The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic makes it to the edge of space and back.

Apple to create $1bn Texas base
 The company says it expects to become Austin's biggest private employer.

Brexit: No-deal will near-bankrupt UK, says Branson
 The Virgin founder says "quite a few" UK businesses will close if there is a no-deal Brexit.

ECB ends €2.5tn eurozone QE stimulus programme
 The European Central Bank confirms it is ending its massive bond-buying programme this month.

House of Fraser revival 'challenging'
 Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley sees "significant challenges" in turning around the department store chain.

Cruise and hotel bookings boost Tui profits for fourth year
 Demand for upmarket hotels and "experiences" has lifted profits at the European travel group.

Twitter's Jack Dorsey answers critics of Myanmar meditation retreat
 Twitter's chief executive says he needs to learn more about the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Canadian Michael Spavor detained in China as Huawei row continues
 The two detentions follow the arrest of a leading Chinese businesswoman in Vancouver.

China's Tencent Music jumps on US launch
 Tencent Music Entertainment Group raises $1.1bn as it lists on the New York Stock Exchange.

Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads
 The woman says if companies were able to spot she had been pregnant, they should also have realised she was bereaved.

Films with female stars earn more at the box office
 Films like Wonderwoman and Moana where women have top billing make more money than those led by men.

Google hearing sees 'idiot' trending
 A question about why typing "idiot" into Google throws up pictures of President Trump sees the term trend.

BBC World News business headlines
 The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

The designers shaking up Africa's shoe market
 Kevine Kagiri-Mpundu and Ysolde Shimwe are the founders of Uzuri K&Y, a Rwandan firm hoping to shake up the African shoe market.

Branson: Hard Brexit would torpedo some Virgin firms
 Sir Richard Branson has spoken out against a hard Brexit, warning it would be "an absolute disaster".

How traffic lights became a million dollar idea
 The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how traffic lights became a million dollar idea.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space
 Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.

Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?
 Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?

Love Islanders' Instagram tips on how to make money from #ad
 Each paid post is making reality TV stars like Paul Knops and Jamie Jewitt hundreds of pounds - but how?

'The wrong investors can lead to meltdown'
 Choose investors carefully as "the wrong ones can lead to meltdown", says CEO Nikolay Piriankov.

Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone
 The biggest obstacle to delivery drones isn't technology, it's regulation and public acceptance.

Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food
 From pigs-in-blankets tea to Christmas tree crisps, retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food.

'If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?'
 As the EU threatens to end Cambodia's tariff-free status, textile workers fear it could lead to factory closures and job losses.

The Germans solving rising rents with people power
 Living in gentrified areas of Munich is getting pricey - but these renters say they have the answer.

The bar where your cash is worthless
 As more firms around the world refuse to take cash, does this mean the end for notes and coins?

Huawei: The life of Chinese tech heiress Meng Wanzhou
 Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada for allegedly breaking US sanctions against Iran.

Called the wrong name at work? Awkward...
 What should you do when someone gets your name wrong in the professional sphere?

'I was divorced and missed having company'
 Rupert Hunt created flat-sharing website SpareRoom - and then ended up needing to use it himself after his marriage ended.

Vijay Mallya: India's most controversial businessman?
 Once called the "King of Good Times" due to his extravagant lifestyle, Vijay Mallya has been embroiled in financial scandals since 2012.

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others
 Chieko Asakawa, blind since 14, develops groundbreaking technology for the visually impaired.

Mexico 1971: When women's football hit the big time
 With the 2019 Women's World Cup draw on Saturday, we look back at the groundbreaking unofficial 1971 event in Mexico.

Who really influences the price of oil?
 Does Opec still control the price of oil in today's global market?

Can a brand create a 'sonic identity' from light bulbs?
 Sound is enjoying a renaissance in marketing circles, but do firms understand how to use it?

Will Opec defy Trump's call for low oil prices?
 Oil prices recently hit 12-month lows. Opec wants to raise them, President Trump wants them lowered.

South Africa: Taking on a mining firm and winning
 After a decade-long battle, a small South African community stopped its land being turned into a titanium mine.

Donald Trump v the world: US tariffs in four charts
 From Spanish olives to Chinese aluminium, no corner of the world has been untouched by US trade tariffs.

Pampered pups: Is the 'pooch pound' out of control?
 The "humanisation" of dogs is driving a booming market in upmarket dog food, accessories and services.

Is the shopping centre ready to check out?
 They were once visions of the future, but are shopping centres now past their sell-by date?

Carmichael project: Visiting Australia's controversial Adani mine
 The BBC's Vineet Khare visited the controversial Carmichael project by Indian energy giant Adani.

Are free ports the future?
 Can free ports spark a post-Brexit manufacturing boom? Jonty Bloom reports from Teesside, which plans to become the UK's first free port.

'People find anything about the vagina hard to talk about'
 An innovation surge and the lifting of health taboos is giving rise to an industry worth billions.

Huawei: Why has UK not blocked Chinese firm's 5G kit?
 New Zealand's bar on the company's 5G kit raises questions about why the UK seems less concerned.

Overseas students turn away from US
 The Trump administration is blamed for a downturn in international students enrolling in the US.

Inside Sellafield's death zone with the nuclear clean-up robots
 As Sellafield's Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant closes, the huge and dangerous clean-up begins.

'The Rolling Stones inspired me to go into business'
 Seeing the British band live made Spencer Rascoff know what to do with his life, but it didn't involve joining a group.

Carlos Ghosn: Five charts on the Nissan boss scandal
 Five charts on the scandal surrounding Carlos Ghosn, whose downfall has shocked the global car industry.

The app that makes writing less lonely
 An app is encouraging young authors to take up creative writing, by getting them to work in teams on their mobiles.

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