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Chile complains of World Bank unfair treatment

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Paul Romer is the World Bank’s chief economist Chilean officials have accused the World Bank of treating the country unfairly for several years. Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, tweeted “fake news was becoming fake statistics”. He was responding to an interview given by the bank’s chief …

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Carillion crisis: Creditors due to hold Whitehall talks

Image copyright Reuters Carillion’s key creditors are due to meet government officials on Monday in a last ditch bid to prevent the construction giant’s collapse. It comes as the chairman of a key group of MPs says there may need to be an inquiry into how public contracts are awarded …

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Male work patterns see big shift to part-time roles, study says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmma Simpson meets some of the men going part-time Male working patterns have seen a big shift towards part-time roles, a study has found. Almost one in eight men work part-time today, compared with fewer than one in 12 two decades ago, …

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Sticky business

Image caption Tracy’s sticky toffee pudding is based on her mother’s recipe As celebrity-backed reviews go, pudding-maker Tracy Claros got a pretty good one. A UK expat in Texas who was trying to introduce Americans to the joys of traditional British desserts, in 2008 her sticky toffee pudding was rather …

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Carillion crunch rescue talks to resume

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Carillion worked on the Battersea Power Station revamp Talks will continue later to try to save the troubled construction firm Carillion amid reports it could collapse by Monday. Its future is being discussed at high-level Whitehall meetings, the BBC understands. The government contractor is …

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War on waste

Plastic waste is “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”. These are the words of Prime Minister Theresa May, who has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. About 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste had been generated globally by 2015, with almost 80% …

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Carillion: 'Matter of days' to stop collapse

Image copyright Carillion The future of troubled engineering company Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high-speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. Sources say the firm has a “matter of days” as …

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Socking it to 'em

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSocks ‘let me be me’, says John Cronin “Pull up your socks” isn’t just a phrase to John Cronin. It’s been the key to his entrepreneurial success. Back in 2016, the 21-year-old told his dad, Mark, that he wanted them to start …

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Open Banking 'revolution' to challenge banks' dominance

Image copyright Yolt Image caption The move should boost technology companies offering money management A fundamental change to the way people can bank, manage and spend their money in the digital world is under way. A change in the law and the start of the Open Banking system means people …

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Most workers fear pay could fall, warns think tank

Image copyright iStock/Getty More than three quarters of UK workers are worried their pay could fall in future due to rising prices, a report by a think tank has warned. The report found four of five of those currently in work fear the impact of inflation – ucurrently at its …

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