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Ireland’s national debt at the end of next year is expected to be almost €240 billion. Image: iStock

Ireland’s national debt at the end of next year is expected to be almost €240 billion, according to the latest forecasts in the budget, following two (...)

Smoke belching from a coal-fueled power station near Datong, China. During July and August, China’s emissions were 2.7 per cent higher than the same period last year. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP  via Getty Images

Global emissions fell by 8.8 per cent in the first half of the year amid restrictions on movement and economic activity owing to the coronavirus pande(...)

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on a bus in Milan on Wednesday. The IMF said borrowing costs were crucial for advanced economies. Photograph: AP

Most advanced economies that can borrow freely will not need to plan for austerity to restore the health of their public finances after the coronaviru(...)

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers in a pre-recorded group dance. Photograph: BBC

The time has come for a familiar annual theatre, replete with bizarre betting, dubious expressions, unsparing critics and elaborate choreography. But(...)

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Frank Miller

Covid-19 has “laid bare” issues of global poverty, hunger and environmental degradation, President Michael D Higgins will say on Monday. In an addres(...)

Vice president of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and president Alberto Fernandez walk behind president of the hamber of deputies Sergio Massa and head of the cabinet of ministers Santiago Cafiero during a press conference  on August 31st in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Juan Mabromata - Pool/Getty Images

Argentina has defused fears of a messy default after it gained backing from creditors, allowing it to exchange 99 per cent of the bonds involved in a (...)

A man wounded by the recent explosion at Beirut port  takes a picture with the newly-appointed prime minister of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib,  in Beirut’s  Gemmayzeh neighbourhood on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Mustapha Adib has been appointed Lebanon’s prime minister to head a new government tasked with tackling a crippling economic crisis and steering Beiru(...)

Charlie Haughey arrived in Paris in 1987 to celebrate Stephen Roche’s Tour de France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It has been a shambolic week for poor old Ireland. In addition to lurching from calamity to travesty over a golf game, the Government has managed to d(...)

Ajaj Chopra of the IMF in Dublin. Illustration: Eoin Coveney

A few months into the coronavirus pandemic I stood over the stone which marks my maternal grandparents’ final resting place. I had made the two-hour j(...)

Up to 270 million more people will go hungry in 2020 because of disruptions to harvests and supply chains, Christian Aid warns.

Developing countries are struggling to meet the costs of Covid-19, according to charity Christian Aid. And it says the money such countries are losing(...)

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