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South African President Jacob Zuma: facing a growing challenge from within his own party. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/Getty Images

Unprecedented opposition to South African president Jacob Zuma’s continued rule has emerged since the African National Congress leader sacked his fin(...)

Britain embarks on its Brexit jourtney

British prime minister Theresa May formally initiated the UK’s divorce from the EU with the triggering of article 50 on Wednesday, pitching both Brita(...)

Brexit is triggered. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

UK prime minister Theresa May finally pulled the starting gun on Brexit talks this week. The European Council’s president, Donald Tusk, will today ci(...)

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May: While European markets advanced on the eve of invoking article 50, analysts cautioned that market sentiment will be dominated by developments during the negotiations. Photograph: Darren Staples/AFP/Getty

Almost one in five debt investors globally fear that the UK, which is posed to press the start button on two years of Brexit negotiations on Wednesday(...)

The New York Stock Exchange. The Iseq index rose as much as 0.5 per cent to 6,714.74, marking its highest closing price since June 2016.

The Iseq index of Irish shares closed at its highest level in 14 months amid light trading volumes in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day, with Ryanair, Glanbi(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European indices sank on Tuesday after four days of gains, weighed down by bank and energy stocks, as well as uncertainty over elections in the Nether(...)

Fitch said Bank of Ireland’s asset quality was better than AIB’s, reflecting its “lower stock of impaired loans and its better-performing UK residential mortgages”.

International ratings agency Fitch has said it could upgrade AIB and Bank of Ireland if their asset quality and capitalisation continues to improve. (...)

Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader  Geert Wilders: little chance of becoming prime minister because the other parties will refuse to work with him. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

There has been a blizzard of good economic news in these last weeks of the Dutch election campaign, reassuring voters that austerity is a thing of the(...)

Unilever: The consumer good group surged 13 per cent after rejecting a $143bn takeover offer from  Kraft Heinz. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

European stocks ended the session little changed as a jump in Unilever shares offset declines in banks and commodity producers. The pan-European Stox(...)

Eir’s offices in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two of the world’s leading debt ratings agencies have upgraded their view of Eir’s creditworthiness this week as the telecommunications group continue(...)

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