Boris Johnson has claimed that that the US could launch further strikes against the Assad regime, ahead of key international talks to put pressure on Russia to rethink its support for its Syrian ally. The UK Foreign Secretary cancelled a planned trip to Moscow at the weekend, leading the Kremlin to swipe at the UK for lacking “real influence” internationally.
Google has added its fact check feature to search results globally, in a bid to help tackle the spread of "fake news". The search giant will now highlight "authoritative sources" in search results, with a summary of claims that have been fact-checked. Google says sites will be judged authoritative by an algorithm and the company will not be fact-checking news stories itself. It follows a Facebook campaign to help people spot fake news.
Upmarket fashion chain Jaeger has filed notice to appoint administrators putting the future of around 700 employees into question. The 133-year-old retailer filed the notice on 5th April and informed employees at the firm’s 25 shops of the move on Thursday, a spokesperson for Jaeger confirmed. So where did the company go wrong?
What's the problem with Pearson? Shares in the publisher have tumbled 10% in recent days. Analysts say the company's never recovered after selling off the Economist and the Financial Times, and then concentrating on education. James Brydges spoke to Mike Van Dulken, Head of Research at Accendo Markets to find out why.
The Governor of the Bank of England's warning of major economic harm if Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU falter. Mark Carney's asking financial firms to submit contingency plans and prepare for all scenarios, including a "no deal" outcome. Joining to discuss is Mike Ingram, Market Strategist BGC Partners.
They say organic wine gives you less of a headache the next morning. Sales of organic wine are booming in the UK. According to the organic food group the Soil Association, sales of organic beers, wines and spirits rose by 14.3% last year to reach nearly £6m. That's double the rate of the UK's organic market as a whole.
More Brexit worries surround the aviation industry, with Ryanair saying it will have to halt flights from the UK for weeks or months if Theresa May does not seal an early bilateral Brexit deal on international aviation. And the Spanish owner of Heathrow airport says uncertainty over the UK's exit from the EU has put a halt on future UK investment deals.
The Markit/REC Report on jobs reveals a stronger growth of permanent staff placements. In contrast, temp billings increased at the softest pace in four months. Plus job vacancies continued to increase in February. Overall, demand for staff rose at the quickest rate in one-and-a-half years, with both permanent and temporary workers.
The head of UK Steel has told Share Radio that tariffs on Chinese steel will level the playing field. The European Commission has introduced levies on hot-rolled coils of between 18 and 36 per cent. British steel companies have been hit by cheap Chinese imports in recent years, with plants such as the one in Port Talbot facing an uncertain future.
Nigel Cassidy crossed over to Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit to discuss to top business and finance stories, starting with the geopolitics and market reaction to the overnight missile strikes in Syria ordered by President Trump.
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