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Iran Elections: Economy Takes Centre Stage

May 17th, 2017

Episode 1041 of 1091 episodes

Iranians vote on Friday in their first presidential election since sanctions were lifted. The BBC's Amir Paivar explains how the economy has been centre stage throughout the campaign. Also in the programme, as US and European officials discuss extending the ban on laptops in aircraft cabins to flights originating in Europe, BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott considers the likely impact. Our economic commentator Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute in Washington assesses last week's surprise trade deal between the US and China. The BBC's Guy Hedgecoe reports on a migrant lottery along the only land border between Africa and Europe. Plus the Swiss confectionery giant Nestle has lost a court case in the UK to try and trademark the shape of its KitKat chocolate bar. Sally Britton is an intellectual property specialist at the law firm Mishcon de Reya, and tells us how much of a setback this is for Nestle.

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