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      Why you need more than 4 hours' sleep to rule the world


      One of the things we learnt from Donald Trump's doctor this week was that he only has four to five hours sleep a night. His doctor wasn't worried though, saying that he's "just one of those people who doesn't need a lot of sleep". Do such people exist? Margaret Thatcher famously operated on little sleep. As did Barack Obama - so were there repercussions for them? (Image: Sleeping baby, credit: BBC)


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      Business Secretary on Carillion collapse


      Tens of thousands of businesses are now owed money in the wake of the Carillion collapse. How many will themselves close? How many jobs will be lost? That's a question for the Business Secretary Greg Clark... (Image: Carillion crane, credit: PA)


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      Friday's business with Rob Young


      A year ago this weekend, Donald Trump became US president with a series of economic promises. So how is he doing? (Image : President Donald Trump waves to reporters on the White House lawn Credit: Reuters)


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      France and the UK border


      An extra £44.5m is to be spent beefing up Channel border security, the UK government is to say later. It will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other border points. French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the UK for a summit with Theresa May and May is set to announce the plan later today. (Image: Security on the Channel border, credit: Getty Images)


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      Judges rule 'mailbag thief' was framed


      A man who served eight months in a youth jail for stealing mailbags in the 1970s has had his name cleared. Stephen Simmons from Dorking in Surrey, was found guilty of thefts from Clapham Goods Yard in south London, aged just 19. Now 62, Mr Simmons always protested his innocence, but it was not until an internet search uncovered his arresting officer was found guilty of a similar crime that his case was reconsidered. (Image: Stephen Simmons, credit: Stephen Simmons)


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      Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Carillion bosses won't get their bonuses but will any other action be taken against them? (Image: workers stand in a Wolverhampton office after the company went into liquidation. Credit: Reuters)


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      Say hello to the Bayeux Tapestry


      The Bayeux Tapestry is set to be displayed in the UK after France agreed it could leave its shores for the first time in 950 years. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan. Previously he has said the tapestry - which depicts the Norman Conquest of England - would not be transferred before 2020. (Image: The Bayeux Tapestry, credit: Getty Images)


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      Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet


      Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet. From Cyrillic to Latin. But some people just aren't happy about it... Kazakh journalist Rose Kudabayeva is here to explain. (Image: Factory in Kazakhstan, credit: Getty Images)


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      Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      What next for the thousands of construction workers hit by Carillion's collapse? (Image: a worker walks into a Carillion construction site. Credit: Reuters)


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      The Rohingya and ethnic cleansing


      Ethnic cleansing is the greatest crime a government can commit: the mass killing or expulsion of an entire race of people from the country where they have lived all their lives and generations before them. What the government of Myanmar has done to the Rohingya people, according to a committee of MPs, is a classic example of ethnic cleansing. This morning a a Bangladesh government spokesman said it has signed an agreement with Myanmar on what it calls the physical arrangements for their...


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