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British record labels look toward new media for fresh talent

Mar 22, 2011
Hit talent shows like "The X Factor" have become a prime source of new talent for the British music industry.
Posted In: Entertainment

G7 rallies to weaken yen, calm markets

Mar 18, 2011
The Group of Seven have announced their coordinated intervention plan to ease pressure on Japan's exchange rate, helping to boost stocks and weaken the yen.
Posted In: Banks

Japan escalates evacuation efforts after explosions at nuclear plant

Mar 15, 2011
The Japanese government has expanded the evacuation zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after several explosions. The fires, triggered by the earthquake, have caused a surge in potentially toxic radiation.
Posted In: Environment

Japanese quake costs may top $170 billion

Mar 14, 2011
The BBC's Chris Hogg explains the global economic implications of the disaster in Japan.
Posted In: Oil, Retail

Bank of Japan adds $183 billion to economy

Mar 14, 2011
After a devastating earthquake last week, Japan is taking steps to prevent an economic collapse in the country. The Bank of Japan has injected a record amount of cash into the financial system to provide liquidity and stabilize the shaky economy.
Posted In: Environment

Indonesia learns from 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Mar 11, 2011
Indonesia experienced the devastating effects of a tsunami six years ago. So now, it isn't taking any chances.

The economic impact of Japan's earthquake

Mar 11, 2011
The BBC's Ben Richardson discusses the companies that will be impacted by Japan's earthquake and tsunami and the economic effects that will be felt across Asia.

Is Japan equipped to handle a large earthquake?

Mar 11, 2011
The BBC's Duncan Bartlett, the former Tokyo bureau chief, discusses how prepared Japan was for big earthquake.

Emerging economies gain on Forbes billionaire list

Mar 10, 2011
Forbes has released its 2011 list of world billionaires. Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim tops the list for the second year in a row, but for the first time, the Asia-Pacific region had more billionaires than Europe.
Posted In: China

Have micro credits reached the end of the line?

Mar 9, 2011
Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize for getting microfinance off the ground and into the mainstream. But after Yunus was fired due to Bangladesh's mandatory retirement age, many question the future of micro-credit loans.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Investing

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During our week in London broadcasting from the BBC, David Brancaccio and the Morning Report team will explore the growing income inequality in the U.K. in general, and in London in particular. The numbers are pretty staggering… the five wealthiest people in the U.K. have more money than the poorest 20 percent. The average salary is $44,000 while the wealthy elite are seeing their salaries grow by an average of $40,000 a year. Inequality is costing the U.K. more than $60 billion dollars a year. By 2020, an estimated 800,000 children will be living below the poverty line.