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Ghana's Elections  

The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest  

Donald Trump's business empire goes under the microscope today. Many Americans may have voted for him for his business skills, but are those interests now a liability, with potential conflicts at every turn? And despite his promise to separate himself from his business empire, is it even possible to resolve them? With several Trump loans from foreign banks, and hotels and golf courses around the world, there are myriad opportunities for politicians and business people to offer sweeteners to the Trump brand in the hope of gaining favour. How does the President extricate himself from that moral hazard? We hear from the New York Times Washington correspondent, Eric Lipton, and from a former White House ethics lawyer, Professor Richard Painter of the Univ of Minnesota. Is there any easy way out for the President-elect and his family? Also in the programme, ahead of this weekend's Nobel Prize awards, our regular commentator, James Srodes, assesses the financial interests of the elusive Nobel-laureate, the poet and musician, Bob Dylan. (Picture: US President-elect Donald Trump in the elevator at Trump Tower in New York; Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

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London Tech After Brexit  

London is the beating heart of Europe's technology sector. Will it stay that way after Brexit? Presenter Manuela Saragosa visits the London Disrupt conference, where start-ups come to exhibit their ideas, and hears from Ismael Ahmed, founder of WorldRemit, and Mike Butcher, editor-at-large of the technology news website TechCrunch. Plus, Vivienne Nunis reports from one of Africa's biggest ports, Mombasa in Kenya, about how a slowdown in global trade has affected activities there. (Photo: London skyline, Credit: Thinkstock)

Italy Votes No  

We speak to Lorenzo Codogno, a former chief economist of the Italian treasury and now of the London School of Economics and LC Macro Advisors, about what Italy's rejection of constitutional change means for the country's troubled banking sector. Also Dutch engineer Auke Piet of Amazon Resources tells us how he plans to ship millions of litres of water from Suriname to Barbados to relieve the Caribbean island's worst drought in half a century. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us why she has no faith in company bosses who say they "love" their employees. (Photo: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi give a speech after the results of the referendum on constitutional reforms, Credit: Getty Images)

Italy's Referendum  

Italy is already mired in negative growth, with high unemployment, especially among younger people, and there could be some major bank insolvencies looming. Is the constitutional referendum due this weekend, aimed at centralising power with the elected government, also set to plunge Italy and the eurozone into further crisis? We hear from Paola Subacchi, director of the International Economics Department at Chatham House, from Luca Paolazzi, the head of Italy's Confindustria confederation of industry, and from the country's former Prime Minister Mario Monti. What do they think is at stake for Italy in this referendum? Will the government fall with a No vote, and what do ordinary voters think about their place within the eurozone? (Picture: Man walks past a poster in Rome calling for a No vote in Italy’s constitutional referendum; Credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

India's Green Revolution  

Today we are talking revolutions - not those fought on the battlefield or city streets - but those waged in agriculture. It's 50 years since a Green Revolution began transforming India's rice production, and soon afterwards Asia's ability to feed itself more generally. A similar transformation also happened in Latin America. We remember how the changes came about in India, and ask, why hasn't the same thing happened in Africa? Presenter Ed Butler speaks to Lydia Gathenya, interim programme manager at Farm Africa, a non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi, and to Dr Fraser Thompson, a development economist now based with the strategy advisory business, Alphabeta in Singapore, which is looking to use investment to help transform African production. (Picture: A farmer sprays fertilizer in the paddy fields near Hyderabad in India; Credit: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

The Future of the Tobacco Industry?  

Today we look at the future of tobacco, with an exclusive interview with the CEO of Philip Morris International, Andre Cantalazopoulos. The US-based tobacco giant has launched a new type of heat-not-burn smoking technology - much safer, the company claims, than the conventional cigarette, since it doesn't seem to involve the same volume of tar reaching a smokers' lungs. But will this product catch light among smokers? Mr Cantalazopoulos says early indications from Japan suggest it could have a much more enduring popularity among smokers trying to quit than e-cigarettes. But Cancer Research UK and other health campaigners are suspicious, and say the jury's also out on whether it might actually attract more young people to take up tobacco for the first time. (Photo: Traditional cigarettes, Credit: Getty Images)

100 Women: Tine Bryld  

As part of the 100 Women season, Marie Keyworth tells the story of the working life of Denmark's Tine Bryld - a radio personality, social worker and writer recently voted the country's most important woman in a century. (Photo: Tine Bryld, Credit: Tine Bryld Prize)

Investing in Uncertain Times  

We speak to Mohamed El-Erian, one of the world's most respected financial markets thinker who's chief economic advisor at Allianz and chair of President Obama's Global Development Council, about investing amid unusual levels of political and economic uncertainty. Also, Phil Mercer reports from Sydney about Chinese investment in, and migration to, Australia. And our regular Financial Times commentator, Lucy Kellaway, gives tips on how to overcome your fear public speaking. (Photo: Mural in London depicting Donald Trump kissing UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Credit: Getty Images)

How to Stay Alert  

Strategic napping, the right lighting, a cup of coffee, or just popping a pill? Business Daily's Laurence Knight looks at the many strategies for staying sharp in the office. Natalie Dautovich of the US National Sleep Foundation explains why smartphones are the enemy, while neuropsychologist Barbara Sahakian discusses the rising popularity of "smart drugs" such as Modafinil and Ritalin. We also head to the Nats air traffic control centre in Swanwick to find out how workers there keep their focus while handling some of the busiest airspace on the planet. (Picture: Woman working late in an office drinking coffee; Credit: DragonImages/Thinkstock)

Dockside Dilemmas  

We head down to the water's edge - the ports and docksides where literally billions has been spent in recent decades regenerating the world's cities. From Sydney to Baltimore, Lagos to Mumbai, waterfront redevelopments have transformed the environment, created jobs, and made it all look very nice indeed for visitors. But do local communities, especially the urban poor, really benefit from the spending? There's controversy and protest over who the development is really meant for. We hear Lagos where protestors are demanding an end to slum clearances to make way for a new development. Presenter Ed Butler speaks to Dr Philip Boland from Queens University in Belfast in Northern Ireland, who has been studying many such projects, including in his own city, and has written a report on their economic impact. We also hear from planners in Stirling in Scotland, where a new development is currently being planned. And we travel around the UK's coastline, examining how ports and fishermen may be affected, not by a new harbour, but by Britain's imminent exit from the European Union. (Picture: Someone sits on the shore overlooking Manhattan in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

China's New Silk Road  

We'll be gazing down the Silk Road - a name to conjure with across the centuries. Now China is investing tens of billions of dollars to build a new trade route across central Asia. With global trade stalling, is now the time to do this? And how come American companies, like Caterpillar, are so involved? Also in the programme, we hear from the Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, author of a recent book, "All the Kremlin's Men". Does he think Donald Trump's presidential election win will really make a difference in US ties with Moscow? And we speak to Andrew Hill, management editor at the Financial Times, who runs the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. What makes a great business book, we ask? And he reveals the winner of this year's prize. (Photo: A container ship berths at the port of Qingdao, in northeast China, Credit: Getty Images)

Legalising Cannabis: A Pot of Gold?  

As several states in the US voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use, we look at where that leaves the rest of the world. Venetia Rainey reports from Lebanon, a country the UN says is among the world's biggest sources of cannabis products. Also, we hear from Georg Wurth, head of the German Hemp Association about the campaign to legalise marijuana in Europe and we speak to Dina Browner, perhaps California's most well-known supplier of cannabis products. (Photo: Medical marijuana patients at a California dispensary, Credit: Getty Images)

Trump and Emerging Markets  

What does Donald Trump's election as the next US president mean for stock markets and economies from Asia to Latin America? The BBC's Daniel Gallas reports from Brazil and presenter Manuela Saragosa hears from Brett Diment, head of global emerging market debt at Aberdeen Asset Management, asking whether China could replace the US as the world's lead advocate for free trade, as Chinese president Xi Jinping has suggested. Plus, our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times on the virtue of always arriving early. (Photo: The Stock Exchange headquarters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: Getty Images)

India Cash Queues: Cue Chaos  

India today is flying by the seat of its pants - so says one economist, in response to Prime Minister Modi's bold experiment to abolish many of the country's bank notes. The idea is to cut out corruption. But the result, in some places, has been pure chaos. We have a report from the streets of Kolkata, and get the views of a former IMF chief economist, Harvard Professor Ken Rogoff, author of "The Curse of Cash". Can India transition to a more digital, less cash-dependent economy? Thoughts on this from Kosta Peric, the Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Financial Services for the Poor. (Picture: People queue outside a bank to exchange defunct rupee notes in Amritsar; Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia: Storm in a Tea Plantation  

Rob Young reports from Malaysia on the angry protests against the alleged corruption of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Meanwhile the BBC's Katie Hile ascends to the Boh tea plantations, and hears from chief executive Caroline Russell, whose tea plants are suffering from the increasingly unpredictable rainfall brought on by global warming. Plus, Rob speaks to Harith Iskandar, who claims to be the funniest man in Malaysia. (Photo: Man carrying bags of tea leaves in the Cameron Highlands, northern Malaysia. Credit: Mohd Rafsan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Tourism Turbulence?  

How political shocks - from Brexit, to Trump's election, to terrorism - can disrupt the global travel industry. But with tourism rising, how long do the disruptions really last? We get the views of Simon Calder, the travel editor of the online UK newspaper the Independent and we also hear from two countries trying to rebuild tourism after terror attacks: Ivory Coast and Tunisia. (Photo: Police patrolling Marhaba beach in Tunisia in 2015, Credit: Getty Images)

The World's Working Mothers  

The US is one of three countries in the world that doesn't guarantee paid maternity leave. The others are Papua New Guinea and Oman. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to change that although critics say his provisions aren't generous enough. But even other countries that rank high on childcare provision are struggling to meet the costs. The BBC's Marie Keyworth reports from Denmark, Myra Strober, labour economist and professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, explains how it works in the US at the moment, and from the Netherlands, the BBC's Anna Holligan tells us how she juggles work and a new baby as a freelance correspondent. (Photo: The BBC's Anna Holligan (right) juggles work and caring for her baby)

Trump's Appointments  

Presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to Jef McAllister, former London bureau chief for Time Magazine and a former White House correspondent, about the top candidates for key economic and financial positions in President-elect Donald Trump's administration. Also, Phil Mercer in Sydney reports on poverty in Australia, which is still a problem despite the country's once-in-a lifetime mining boom. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times ponders the one area of office life where segregation of the sexes still rules; the office lavatory. (Photo: Donald Trump, Credit: Getty Images)

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