April 7th, 2015
Episode 282 of 1091 episodes
US parcels delivery firm FedEx is to buy its Dutch rival TNT Express for nearly $5bn as it hopes to expand its European operations. The BBC's Theo Leggett tells us about the deal. Radio France broadcasts radio silence as the station is hit by its longest strike in a decade. Hugh Schofield has more from Paris. Don McLean's original manuscript of American Pie has been sold for $1.2m at auction. Peter Ellis is a currency trader and ardent collector of rock memorabilia and tells us about its attraction. Listeners of a classical music radio station have voted 12 pieces of music from video game soundtracks into their list of top 300 tunes. We hear from James Hannigan, a composer who wrote the music for the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings video games. Plus we hear from Lebanon, where the country's capital Beirut is experiencing an unexpected property boom. The BBC's Anna Holligan went to find out how and why Beirut's housing sector is enjoying success against the odds.
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