New analysis emerges of Russia's reported involvement in the 2016 US elections. The new report suggests Russia’s interference started years earlier and that it used every major social media platform. We also hear why the World Economic Forum thinks it'll take 202 years to close the gender gap in the workplace. The collective response of the European Union to the question of taxing the world's mega tech firms has been delayed, so France has decided to go it alone - hoping to raise as much as half a billion dollars by declaring its own tech tax. But Ben Parr of Octane AI in San Francisco explains to us that it might be a case of easier said than done. We discuss all this with guests Diane Brady, formerly of Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Wall Street Journal, now a media entrepreneur, who joins from New York, and Simon Littlewood, President at the Asia Now Consulting Group from Singapore.
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Johnson & Johnson denies baby powder contained asbestos
Shares in Johnson & Johnson plunged more than 10% on Friday, after Reuters reported that the US pharmaceutical giant had known about asbestos tainting its talcum powder for decades.
The report comes as the company faces thousands of lawsuits claiming that its talc products caused cancer.
Reuters' review of documents found the company was aware of trace amounts of asbestos since at least 1971. Lisa Girion talks to the programme.
J&J lawyers said: "Johnson & Johnson's baby powder is safe and asbestos-free... The Reuters article is one-sided, false and inflammatory."
A deal at global climate talks in Poland looks more likely after a new draft was released. Frank Jordans is a reporter for the Associated Press at the talks in Katowice, and fills us in on the latest developments. And the environmental campaigner George Monbiot considers the future for environmental policy in France, after President Macron cancelled a proposed fuel tax rise in response to the 'yellow vest' protests in Paris over recent weekends. Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business headlines with Jessica Dye of the Financial Times in New York, and Dani Burger of Bloomberg in London.
(Picture: Johnson's baby powder. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
Russian Activist Pleads Guilty in US
A Russian woman accused in the US of acting as an agent for the Kremlin to infiltrate political groups has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
Gun rights activist Maria Butina allegedly tried to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an effort to influence US policies in favour of Moscow.
The National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US - closely aligned to senior Republican politicians including President Trump. She said she had acted under direction of a senior Russian official. Polly Mosendz is firearms industry reporter of Bloomberg in New York gives us the background.
As the world's biggest producer of oil, Saudi Arabia has been under a lot of pressure, not least from US President Donald Trump, who does not want a cut in supplies or a rise in prices. But now, Bloomberg reports that there will be a sharp cut in exports from Saudi Arabia in January from around eight million barrels a day to seven million. Anne-Louise Hittle of Wood Mackenzie analysts in Boston gave me her view of this development.
The holy town of Pushkar in northern India has been home to the biggest camel fair in India for 150 years.
Trading camels is a valuable source of income for members of the pastoral communities in the rural state of Rajasthan. But making a living from camels is getting harder. Two years ago the central government introduced a new law that declared camels belonged to the state, to protect them from being slaughtered for meat. The government's also restricted them from being sold outside Rajasthan. Devina Gupta reports from Pushkar.
Presenter Roger Hearing is joined by Dante Disparte, founder and boss of Risk Cooperative who is in Washington, and Jodi Schneider, Senior International Editor, Bloomberg in Hong Kong.
(Photo: Mariia Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization, speaks on October 8, 2013 during a press conference in Moscow. Credit: Getty Images.)
UK Prime Minister May Survives Leadership Challenge
Theresa May has survived a vote of no confidence in her leadership of her governing Conservative Party. The BBC's UK Political Correspondent Rob Watson has been following developments at Westminster. The Indian rupee has lost more than 10% of its value against the dollar in 2018 - making it the worst performing Asian currency this year. While it has shown signs of a rebound in the last two weeks – the weak rupee is creating challenges for the Indian economy, as Sameer Hashmi reports. France's President Macron has come under fire recently for being seen as disconnected from voters. We ask leadership coach Christine Comerford from the SmartTribes Institute for her assessment of leaders including Mr Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Evelyn Berezin, the woman who created and sold what many recognise as the world's first word processor has died aged 93. Matthew Kirschenbaum, Professor of English and Digital Studies at the University of Maryland, tells us about her influence on modern computing.
Presenter Roger Hearing is joined by Peter Morici, Professor of International Business at the University of Maryland and Jyoti Malhotra, Editor of National & Strategic Affairs at The Print website in Delihi.
(Picture: British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street. Credit: Getty Images.)
Fatal Shooting in Strasbourg, France
We report on the latest developments on a fatal shooting in Strasbourg, France. Also in the programme, Google’s CEO, Sunder Pichai is answering questions to Congress members regarding many of its operations, including in China. We speak to reporter at Recode, Shirin Ghaffary, on the reception the tech giant is getting. Taiwanese businesses are heading back home from mainland China - it is partly about tariffs, but there is more to the story. We also look at a Huawei arrest in Canada - and what seems like a tit-for-tat detention in China, as the telecoms firm’s woes deepen. We'll ask why the world has forgotten about a country in which people are still dying - Libya, where cities are still under siege, despite it being nearly 8 years after western governments helped overthrow Colonel Gaddafi. We discuss all this with guests Nisid Hajari, Asia Editor for Bloomberg View in Bangkok, and Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network in Toronto.
(Image: Police stand in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on December 11, 2018. Credit: Sebastien Bozon / AFP / Getty Images)