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IMF downgrades global growth forecast

The IMF says the risk of a global recession is rising. Its managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, said the outlook was getting darker because of Russia's attack on Ukraine and the shocks caused by the Covid pandemic. She said the IMF would lower its growth forecast as a result. We speak to Ali Metwally, an economist with InfoSpectrum, which works with shipping, commodities and energy organisations around the world. Farmers are under pressure because of the rising cost of fertiliser. Prices have gone up since Russia invaded Ukraine, but in Peru farmers have come up with a solution - using bird droppings, or guano. Eshima Secche's family run a farm in Peru and explains why it could be a good alternative. With the latest US jobs report imminent, economist Cary Leahy from Columbia University in New York tells us what to expect from Friday's figures.

Afghanistan's economy in focus

A new report shows that the economy of Afghanistan has shrunk by more than a quarter in the last year, since the Taliban took over. We speak to the former mining minister of the country, Nargis Nehan about the situation there at the moment.

Fanny Yeung, the executive director of Hong Kong's Travel Industry Council speaks to us about the country giving away 500,000 airline tickets to help boost its Covid-hit tourism industry.

As European leaders meet in Prague to discuss how to lower gas prices across the continent, we hear from Kostas Skrekas Greece's Energy Minister about how the country is trying to move away from Russian supplies of oil and gas.

Devina Gupta brings us news of the deaths of 66 children the Gambia from acute kidney injuries, which the World Health Organisation has linked to contaminated cough and cold syrups made by an Indian drug manufacturer.

The BBC's Culture Editor Katie Razzall meets one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment group, Donna Langley.

OPEC+ cuts daily production target

OPEC+, the alliance of oil-exporting countries has agreed its deepest cuts to oil production for more than two years, despite pressure from the US to increase production. Opec Secretary General, Haitham Al Ghais says the move is not a political act. But what are the implications? The founder and CEO of consultancy firm Crystol Energy, Carole Nakhle tells us.

We hear from one of the non-Opec oil-producing nations, in Africa. Amma Boateng, is the Managing Director of Destra Energy in Ghana, a business supporting oil companies with projects there.

Head of US Equity at Exchange Capital Resources in Chicago, Susan Schmidt explains how all of this affected the markets today.

We talk about tensions in Lebanon rising, as people struggle to withdraw money from their local banks. Diana Menhem is Managing Director of Kulluna Irada, a pressure group that works towards political reform in Lebanon.

In Mexico, vulnerable younger citizens are falling prey to a new trend - mobile apps offering rapid and easy loans. But just how easy are these loans? The BBC's Stefania Gozzer hears from one of these borrowers.

Tech giant, Google has just announced a plan to set up anew cloud region in South Africa - the very first on the African continent. Our West Africa business reporter Nkechi Ogbonna describes how big an investment this is.

OPEC+ votes to cut oil production

Some of the world's largest oil producers have voted to reduce supply by 2 million barrels day, around 2% of global oil demand. We speak to the BBC's Middle East Correspondent Sameer Hashmi about the biggest cut to supplies since 2020.

We get the latest on Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter from former Vice President of the company Bruce Daisley. It follows the billionaire signalling that he will finally go ahead with his takeover of the social media firm.

We hear from Lebanon where banks were closed indefinitely following hold ups by desperate people demanding their own savings. Former Lebanese diplomat Georges Siam speaks to us about his experience occupying a bank to try to remove his money.

Stefania Gozzer brings us the story of borrowers in Mexico being defrauded after taking out loans on illegal mobile apps.

Marking 60 years of James Bond, we speak to Adrian Hume-Sayer from Christie's, the famous British auction house, where memorabilia from the franchise is being sold for charity.

Elon Musk Twitter deal back on in surprise u-turn

Billionaire Elon Musk has made a surprise u-turn, confirming his plans to move forward with purchase of Twitter. Molly Roberts, from the Washington Post tells us what she thinks about this announcement. We also find out how the markets reacted to the news.

A new investigation led by journalists at the Associated Press this week uncovers Russia's alleged smuggling of Ukrainian grain to subsidise its war. We speak with Michael Biersecker, a global investigation reporter with the Associated Press.

The European Parliament has voted for a new advancement to technology, introducing a single charging point for all new mobile phones and other devices. The chief negotiator on the issue, Alex Agius Saliba tells us why.

The BBC'S Devina Gupta talks to us about the massive earnings of a historical drama based on a 10th century Indian king of Cholas – called PS 1 in just four days.

EU opposes German energy plan

EU Leaders have told the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz his $200 billion dollars energy support plan for businesses and households threatens European unity. We hear from Lundquist Neubauer from energy price comparison website, Verivox, who tells us how it's affecting customers, and Chief Economist at Germany's Berenberg Bank Holger Schmieding tells us how it's playing out politically.

We get the latest from Pakistan, which is facing a health emergency as hundreds of thousands of people live in unsanitary conditions with no clean drinking water after floods devastated the country. Ayesha Salma, Group Head of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund tells us what the situation is like there on the ground.

How would you like to work on a remote island in the Antarctic? We speak to Lucy Bruzzone, who is doing just that with 3 others, when they travel south for 5 months to sort mail and count penguins in temperatures as low as -30C.

Kim Kardashian fined over crypto ad

Kim Kardashian has agreed to pay a $1.26m (£1.12m) fine for advertising EthereumMax on her Instagram page. The US Securities and Exchange Commission said the reality TV star had received $250,000 for advertising the cryptocurrency, without disclosing she had been paid to do so.

A UN report says the Federal Reserve and other central banks risk pushing the global economy into recession if they keep raising interest rates. The BBC'S Jonathan Josephs examines this report in detail and we hear what the IMF has to say about the issue.

Chris Low, from FHN Financial in New York on why shares in Credit Suisse plunged on as fears mount over the financial health of the Swiss bank.

People in Tunisia take to the streets to protest the high cost of living and food shortages. The BBC's Anna Foster reports.

The BBC's Lisa Louis finds out more about Portugal's drive to encourage cycling among children.

Pound recovers after British Government U-Turn

The pound rose against the dollar after the UK government announced it was scrapping plans to cut taxes for top earners, get the latest from London with Gemma Tetlow, an economist at the Institute for Government.

Former OPEC official Jorge Leon discusses fears the group of oil producing countries could reduce supplies, leading to brent crude prices rising 4%.

A BBC Investigation has found that the owner of the UK's biggest power station, Drax, is cutting down key forests in Canada. We speak to reporter Joe Crowley who's been investigating the story.

We get the latest from the Brazilian elections with Bruno Carazza, a professor at Dom Cabral Foundation, who told us what to expect in the second round of votes between Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

"Billions of dollars worth of damage" caused by Hurricane Ian

Rescue workers and US military personnel have been searching for survivors of Hurricane Ian in the state of Florida, as thousands of people remain unaccounted for. Local reports say many people are still waiting to be rescued. Will Bain hears from disaster modeller Chuck Watson, the Director of Research and Development for Enki Research, who says the impact of the storm will cost billions of dollars.

Brazilians will vote in the first round of the presidential election this Sunday. The incumbent, the right wing Jair Bolsonaro trails in the polls against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who sits at the other end of the political spectrum. Marcos Casarin is an economist at Oxford Economics.

The New York Yankees' baseball player Aaron Judge approaches the record of 61 home runs - but Yankees fans in New York City might not be able to watch it. New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand tells us why.

Hurricane Ian causes devastation

We hear the latest from Florida and Cuba, as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in the US.

In one of Europe’s largest initial public offerings, Porsche shares climbed on their debut in Frankfurt. Our international business correspondent Theo Leggett told us how the first day of share sales.

With the Brazilian election fast approaching, we hear from Marcos Zanarzay who is running for state legislature in Rio de Janeiro for the free market Novo Party - an party outside the big two of Mr Bolsonaro and Lula. Economist Paulo Nogueira Batista talk us through the key issues ahead of the weekend.

Another difficult day for the British economy

It’s been another windy day for the British economy as the Bank of England intervenes to buy government debt. The leader of the UK's main opposition party - Keir Starmer says the government has lost control of its finances.

Raoul Puparel, head of the Boston Consulting Group and a former special adviser to the UK Prime Minister on Europe, describes the situation as unprecedented.

How are the markets reacting? Susan Schmidt who's Head of US Equity at Exchange Capital Resources in Chicago tells us.

Hurricane Ian bears down on the East Coast of Florida in the US, leaving more than a million people without power. President Biden warns people to take heed of the advice of local authorities.

Suspicions continue about the blasts on Tuesday in the Baltic Sea that damaged the pipes bringing gas to Europe from Russia. Melinda Hearing, the deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center shares her thoughts.

Retailers and consumers in Liberia are spending days and nights in queues to buy small quantities of rice which is fast disappearing from shops and marketplaces in the country. Clarence Jackson, a Liberian journalist, tells us what exactly is happening.

From movies to boxsets then music and now sport - is the new streaming war out on the pitch? Shay Segev, DAZN Group CEO sheds more light on the new deal to buy ELEVEN Group's global sports media businesses.

IMF raises concerns over UK economy

The BBC'S New York correspondent, Michelle Fleury explains the IMF's concerns about the new fiscal measures adopted by the UK.

Mark Sobel, a former US treasury official who is now chair of OMFIF a think tank, highlights the importance of sterling to the global economy.

Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki has reacted to the gas leaks from Russian-controlled pipelines, describing the damage as an act of sabotage. But the US Secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, takes a more cautious approach.

The leader of the opposition party in the UK, Sir Keir Starmer, has announced a new Labour policy for tackling climate change - setting up a state-owned energy company - called Great British Energy.

We speak to Jacob Schlandt, a journalist based in Germany about the effects of the leak on the markets.

As Florida braces for Hurricane Ian, Cathy Perkins, the Director of Pinellas County Emergency Management talks to us about the situation.

Food delivery drivers in Brazil are facing hard times trying to save a mere 3 dollars extra a day on fuel. BBC journalist, Agustina Latourrette speaks to some of them.

Paris Fashion Week is back in the French capital with a bang. The BBC's Bisi Adebayo caught up with Lucy Maguire, a reporter for Vogue Business who's at the show in Paris.

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