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Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell giving his testimony on the US economy. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

Both Wall Street and Europe saw shares rise on Tuesday as stocks were buoyed by Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s optimistic view on the US eco(...)

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Asian stocks were mostly lower on Tuesday, with a sharp decline in crude oil prices weighing on energy shares, while the dollar dipped ahead of Federa(...)

Pope Francis:  Lay involvement needs to be emphasised regarding all activities within church life. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Like many people, I gave much thought as to how I would vote in the recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment and found myself swinging from one side (...)

BAML’s Bull & Bear Indicator  is now on the verge of giving a trading buy signal. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A bear market is coming, but keep buying stocks for now. So says Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), which is keeping a close eye on 19 bear market(...)

 Netflix: disappointed the markets. Photograph:  Mike Blake/Reuters

Netflix’s subscriber growth fell short of Wall Street expectations on Monday, sending shares of the normally high-flying stock down 14 per cent on fea(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk, Chinese premier Li Keqiang and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16th. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Normally a fairly low-key event, this year’s annual China-EU summit has taken on an explosive dimension against a backdrop of unprecedented rancour be(...)

US president Donald Trump receives a football from Russian president Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph:  Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The relationship between the US and Russia has been transformed, President Donald Trump insisted on Monday to a sceptical world press in Helsinki. “Re(...)

The IMF says the global economic  outlook is  “clouded by ongoing trade tensions, and waning support for global economic integration in some advanced economies.” Photograph: Getty Images

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of the risk to global growth from “escalating trade tensions”. In its latest World Economic Outlook (...)

Daniele Nouy, chair of the supervisory board of the European Central Bank. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

The European Central Bank (ECB) has advertised for a new bank supervisory chief, looking for an expert to oversee a bloated and inefficient sector tha(...)

The European commission proposed a 3 per cent tax on revenues in March from Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Austria is stepping up plans for an EU-wide digital tax on big tech companies such as Apple and Google, despite opposition from within the bloc. Hart(...)

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