Update: Australia slides further in global corruption index
Transparency International has published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index - assessing the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries.
While countries like Senegal have climbed up this year's rankings, Australia's score has fallen. Maggie Murphy, Senior Global Advocacy Manager at Transparency International, explains why.
Doug McIntrye, editor of the financial news and commentary website 24/7 Wall Street, assesses the latest minutes from the US Federal Reserve.
South Africa's 2018 Budget Revealed
South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba has outlined his country's spending plans. Gina Schoeman is an economist at Citibank in Johannesburg, and assesses the proposals. And we get reaction from Yunus Carrim of the ruling ANC, who is chairman of the parliament's finance standing committee, and Alf Lees, deputy finance spokesman for the opposition Democratic Alliance party. Also in the programme, following a recommendation by the US Commerce Department to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing explains why he supports the idea, and our regular economic commentator Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute tells us why he is opposed. Our reporter in Senegal takes a trip with a motorbike radio traffic reporter on the streets of Dakar. Plus there are protests in Italy at Brazilian firm Embraco's intention to move domestic appliance production from Turin to a site in Slovakia. Enrico Colombatto is professor of economics at Turin University, and brings us the background to the dispute.
Update: Walmart shares plunge after disappointing results
US retailer Walmart has announced a 42% drop in earnings, despite an increase in sales. We ask Bryan Roberts, author of a book about the retail giant, if it is losing the online battle with Amazon.
India is to allow private firms to mine coal for commercial use. The BBC's Suranjana Tewari in Mumbai explains the background.
Also in the programme, as Venezuela launches its own oil-backed cryptocurrency, our regular economic commentator Roger Bootle assesses the health of the cryptocurrency sector.
We have a report from Spain on a flurry of corruption scandals that have been plaguing politics in the country.
India Opens Coal Mining to Competition
India is to allow private firms to mine coal for commercial use. The BBC's Suranjana Tewari in Mumbai explains the background. Also in the programme, as Venezuela launches its own oil-backed cryptocurrency, our regular economic commentator Roger Bootle assesses the health of the cryptocurrency sector. We have a report from Spain on a flurry of corruption scandals that have been plaguing politics in the country. US retailer Walmart has announced a 42% drop in earnings, despite an increase in sales. Neil Saunders is managing director of GlobalData Retail, and interprets the firm's latest results. Plus we discuss with John Stables, a media barrister at 5 Raymond Buildings, the case of a comedian who is facing a defamation lawsuit over jokes she made about her ex-husband.
Update: Israel and Egypt Signal Closer Ties with $15bn Gas Deal
The operators of Israel's giant gas fields have agreed to supply Egypt. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it will boost the economy and strengthen diplomatic ties.
Are more deals in the pipeline? We ask Tareq Baconi, a fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations' Middle East and North Africa programme.
Troubled Venezuela is launching a commodity-backed "petro" cryptocurrency. The BBC's Daniel Gallas explains why.
Bank of Latvia's Ilmars Rimsevics has been arrested by Latvia's anti-corruption agency. Sanita Yemburga is executive editor of the Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism in Riga, and brings us the details.
Also in the programme, police in India have sealed off the Mumbai branch of a bank at the centre of a $1.8bn loan fraud. Sushma Ramachandran is a business journalist in Delhi, and explains the background to the case.
Plus, with 10 out of 12 artists to scoop awards at France's biggest music awards signed to independent music labels, Emmanuel de Buretel of Because Music explains how small labels have been able to nurture new talent.