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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked how he would like to be remembered, he responded: “Defender of Israel, liberator of its economy.” Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty

On Saturday, Binyamin Netanyahu will become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, breaking the record set by Israel’s first prime minister, David B(...)

Music-based therapy may be a suitable alternative to anti-anxiety benzodiazepines administered to patients before an operation, new research has found.  File Photograph: Linda Ibbotson

Music-based therapy may be a suitable alternative to anti-anxiety benzodiazepines administered to patients before an operation, new research has found(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said his approach in relation to ‘departmental expenditure ceilings’ was sensible and informed by the experience of the crash. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has rejected claims that his spending forecasts “lack credibility” and that he is using unsustainable corporation(...)

 Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Steven Mnuchin, US treasury secretary, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group,   at the G7  meeting in Chantilly, France

Digital currencies such as Facebook’s planned Libra raise serious concerns and must be regulated as tightly as possible to ensure they do not upset th(...)

Former US first lady Lady Bird Johnson (polka-dot dress), her husband former president Lyndon B Johnson (dark suit) and former vice-president Spiro T Agnew (holding glass, far right)  at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, watching the launch of  Apollo 11  on its mission to carry out the first  manned lunar landing. Photograph: National Geographic/Getty Images

There has been a lot in the media over the past weeks as we close in like a moon lander on the 50th anniversary of the first touchdown by a human on t(...)

Obesity costs the State €1.2 billion a year. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has signed into law the ability of physicians to prescribe cannabis-based drugs for a variety of conditions. N(...)

Annual UK productivity growth has averaged  0.5%  since the recovery compared to  over 2%  in the year prior to 2008, leaving Britain lagging behind most of its G7 peers. Photograph:  PA Wire

Besides Brexit one of the big issues facing the UK economy is productivity. It has all but flatlined since the financial crisis a decade ago, depressi(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire delivers a speech during a high-level forum on debt at the Finance ministry in Paris in May 2019. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The Government continues to favour a global approach to a digital sales tax, in spite of France’s decision to push ahead unilaterally with a tax on Fa(...)

BZRAs work by dampening down communication between brain cells. This results in depressed brain activity, thereby facilitating sleep and reducing anxiety.

Benzodiazepines are a family of drugs used in the short-term treatment of problems with sleep and anxiety. When first approved for use, their potentia(...)

The proposed UK tax applies a 2 per cent levy on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces serving UK customers.

The UK vowed to press ahead with its plans for a special tax on large technology companies on Thursday, hours after the US threatened to impose trade (...)

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