IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: “After six years of disappointing growth, the world economy is gaining momentum.” Photograph: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg

Almost a decade after the world economy was hit by financial crisis, the global recovery has finally become “broad-based and stable”, according to a t(...)

The minority Government faces existential threats from Brexit and a Trump presidency. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Next Friday, Donald Trump becomes president of the United States and on Tuesday Theresa May will make her long-awaited speech setting out her prioriti(...)

US president-elect Donald  Trump takes questions from reporters at Trump Tower  in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

An escalating civil war between incoming president Donald Trump and the US intelligence community is presenting America’s spies with their biggest cr(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell escorts US president-elect Donald Trump and  his wife Melania Trump to a meeting at the  Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

He favours joining forces with Moscow, repudiating trade deals and pulling back from Nato. He sees climate change as “not one of our big problems”, h(...)

US president Barack Obama shakes hands with president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Government has moved quickly to open relations with the incoming administration of United States president-elect Donald Trump. The move was rec(...)

“Two wrongs”: Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

For those of us who still cling to such fuddy-duddy notions as balanced reporting and dispassionate analysis, Wednesday’s discussion of new Dublin tra(...)

Leading US politicians have criticised the European Commission’s order that Apple pay billions in back taxes to Ireland. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The European Commission’s order that Apple pay billions in back taxes to Ireland could hurt the European economy and “undermines the spirit of economi(...)

Donald Trump: Urged law enforcement officials and his own supporters to monitor polling stations for electoral fraud. Photograph: New York Times

In the face of a sharp slide in his poll numbers against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has done the u(...)

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump: his allies dismiss the criticism as politically motivated and historically suspect. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The comparison was inflammatory, to say the least. William F Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, equated Donald Trump’s immigration plan with Kr(...)

Crowd control: President Obama at the baseball game between Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba’s national team, in Havana. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Niurka Céspedes walks along San Juan de Dios Street in Old Havana with a few groceries. She spends her days minding her blind 76-year-old mother, who (...)

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