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WTO director-general Roberto Azevedos warns global trade tensions  will have consequences in increased uncertainty, lower investment and weaker trade growth. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The World Trade Organisation warned that a spike in trade restrictions by major nations is threatening to hold back the global economy. Trade coverag(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Sochi. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called for Moscow and Washington to put aside mistrust and build a more (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron (R) and US president Donald  Trump (L) meet ahead of the international ceremony for the Centenary of the WWI Armistice of 11 November 1918 at the Elysee palace in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron and US president Donald Trump agreed on Saturday on the need for Europe to bear more of the burden for defence, paper(...)

Mining cryptocurrencies is consuming as much electricity as a G20 economy, IMF  managing director Christine Lagarde has said in Davos. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The risk that cryptocurrencies can be used by criminals means Britain and other governments should be looking at them “very seriously”, British prime (...)

British prime minister Theresa May with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: Mr Kenny said he “wouldn’t be afraid of any fallout” from inviting US president Donald Trump to Ireland when he sees him in Washington.   Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The Taoiseach has said he will consider inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland when he meets the US president in Washington during St Patrick’s week. (...)

British prime minister Theresa May’s low tax rate pledge is an issue for Ireland. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May made a much-anticipated address to UK business leaders today. Here are the three key take-aways from an Irish point(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  The US and Turkey have previously announced ambitious   joint policies concerning Syria that failed to materialise as disagreements emerged. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, suggested that his country was ready to carry out a joint operation with the United States in northern Syri(...)

British prime minister Theresa May leaving Downing Street in London on Wednesday.  “This is about getting the kind of deal that is ambitious and bold for Britain,” she told MPs.  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Theresa May has told MPs that she will take her time in formulating a negotiating position on leaving the EU and will not provide a “running commentar(...)

 British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis: “We will decide on our borders, our laws, and taxpayers’ money. It means getting the best deal for Britain – one that is unique to Britain and not an ‘off the shelf’ solution.” Photograph: Justin Tallis/ AFP/Getty Images

The Common Travel Area will remain after Britain leaves the European Union and there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland, the British mini(...)

Banking behemoths led by HSBC and JPMorgan Chase now know the cost they’ll have to shoulder so the global financial system doesn’t have another Lehman moment. (Photograph: Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg)

Banking behemoths led by HSBC and JPMorgan Chase now know the cost they’ll have to shoulder so the global financial system doesn’t have another Lehma(...)

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