Senator Carl Levin:  has a track record of bashing corporate tax dodgers and wants to introduce legislation that limits the number of corporate inversions. Photograph: Reuters

A new reality television series called Dating Naked began in the US last Thursday in which the traditional dating process is up-ended and the couples (...)

A woman walks past the Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle in Manhattan yesterday.  Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc said  it had offered to buy the company in  a move that would unite two of the world’s most powerful media conglomerates, but Time Warner rebuffed its offer. Photograph:  Reuters

European stocks advanced by the most since April as Portuguese banks led a rally by euro zone lenders and a report showed China’s economy expanded at (...)

Jacob “Jack” Lew, US treasury secretary.   Mr Lew has urged members of Congress  to pass legislation immediately to stop US companies from shifting their legal addresses overseas

The Obama administration has added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism of US companies shifting their legal addresses overseas, in many cases(...)

Jacob “Jack” Lew, US treasury secretary, attends a news conference ahead of a G20 meeting in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Bloomberg

The United States threw its weight behind a push to make global taxation reform a key goal for the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies(...)

Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform sharing a joke with Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance yesterday at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Contact with Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and between Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and his counterparts in the Ger(...)

Workers make the last preparations inside the Congress Center, two days before the opening of the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

On the face of it, a combination of record low interest rates, ample liquidity and faster economic growth should sustain the world’s recovery from fin(...)

Michael Noonan: also scheduled to meet US treasury secretary Jack Lew. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will argue his case today with International Monetary Fund (IMF) leaders for minimum policy conditions in any post(...)

Fitch Ratings warned today it could cut the sovereign credit rating of the United States from AAA citing the political brinkmanship over raising the federal debt ceiling. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Global markets were on tenterhooks today as the United States edges to the brink of a dangerous debt default which threatens the global economy.Rating(...)

US Treasury secretary Jack Lew and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke assured their G20 counterparts at a dinner last night that a resolution would be reached to avoid a debt crisis. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Top finance officials from the G20 leading economies looked set to keep their focus on the receding risk of a US default at talks today as hopes grew (...)

US president Barack Obama said he would be willing to negotiate with Republicans only if they agree to re-open the government and raise the debt limit with no conditions. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Asian shares sagged and the dollar languished close to an 8-month low on today as the US budget deadlock dragged on, further chipping away at investor(...)