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Update: President Biden vows to ease supply chain problems in time for holidays

Dec 1 • 07:07

EU outlines Global Gateway plans

Dec 1 • 26:29
The European Union has launched a global investment scheme to rival China's Belt and Road. We find out more about the Global Gateway project from Jonathan Holslag, professor in international politics at the Free University of Brussels. Also in the programme, the International Energy Agency has observed a record level of renewable power added to electricity grids around the...

Update: Inflation fears worry US markets

Nov 30 • 16:42
The Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, has said that the rise in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant poses risks to employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation - we get analysis from Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, high street fashion giant Inditex has appointed the founder's daughter as ...

Inditex: Zara founder's daughter takes over

Nov 30 • 26:28
High street fashion giant Inditex has appointed the founder's daughter as its new chair. The firm owns brands including Zara and Massimo Dutti, and we find out what's behind the appointment of Marta Ortega from fashion journalist Charley Ross. The news comes a day after the company's expansion plans in France were blocked over a probe into whether Inditex benefits from the...

Update: Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey steps down as CEO

Nov 29 • 07:20
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief executive of the company. Mr Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 will be replaced by the current chief technical officer, Parag Agrawal. We ask the Financial Times correspondent Dave Lee why Mr Dorsey has given up the top job. Plus, Peter Jankovskis from Arbor Financial Services also brings us the latest news from...

Countries shut borders over Omicron variant fears

Nov 29 • 26:27
More countries including Japan have closed their borders over Omicron Covid variant fears. We explore to what extent travel restrictions can prevent the spread of viruses with Keith Neal, emeritus professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham. And we get a sense of the likely economic impact of restrictions on South Africa from George Gl...

Borders shut as scientists race to understand Omicron

Nov 29 • 23:59
As scientists scramble to understand the new Covid variant, Omicron and G7 health ministers gather for an emergency meeting, global stock markets are set for a volatile start to the week. We speak to Thomas Cueni, the Director General of International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations and the economist Michael Hughes. Plus, OPEC and other producer...

Update: Travel bans on southern Africa

Nov 27 • 11:59

Markets on edge about new Covid variant

Nov 26 • 26:27
Stock markets around the world have declined as news of a new Covid-19 variant emerged. With the UK and others banning flights from the affected southern African countries, travel and tourism shares have fallen most sharply, and we assess the potential impact on the sector with Helen Tustin, founder of Wellbeing Travel. Also in the programme, on the shopping festival Black...

Update: US covid case rise

Nov 25 • 09:57
Data suggests many more Americans have been travelling over the past few days than did this time last year, but there's been a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Scientists are warning the United States could be entering a fifth wave of infections and as hospitals are getting busier, we hear from Eric Topol, a physician scientist at Scripps Research in Californi...

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