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New York Stock Exchange: For Wall Street, the biggest concern coming out of the current battles is that they will force the US government to pay more to borrow money. photograph: brendan mcdermid/reuters

While investors were cheered on Wednesday by a last-minute agreement to raise the US borrowing limit and end the government shutdown, their relief was(...)

Reporters gather around US senator Ted Cruz as he announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. Mr Cruz, the new Texas senator and the Tea Party favourite who led the charge to make healthcare reforms central to the budget talks, lashed out at all comers yesterday after the Senate compromise. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

What happened in Washington last night? US Congress passed a deal brokered by Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate yesterday on a sh(...)

Religious leaders pray outside the Capitol on Wednesday, the 16th day of the government shutdown in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate struck a deal to end the 16-day US government shutdown and avert a looming historic debt default a(...)

Fitch Ratings warned today it could cut the sovereign credit rating of the United States from AAA citing the political brinkmanship over raising the federal debt ceiling. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Global markets were on tenterhooks today as the United States edges to the brink of a dangerous debt default which threatens the global economy.Rating(...)

Moody’s blues
  • Ireland
  • September 24, 2013, 01:00

Moody’s – one of the three major credit ratings agencies – has changed its outlook on Ireland’s sovereign debt rating – and raised it from negative to(...)

Verizon is close to buying a 45 per cent stake in the joint venture Verizon Wireless from Vodafone, according to sources. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Top investors in Vodafone Group are set to clash over what the company should do with perhaps as much as $130 billion in proceeds from the sale of it(...)

Customers look at mobile phones on display at an America Movil SAB Telcel store in  Mexico.  America Movil said last week it wanted to buy the 70 per cent of KPN it does not already own. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

An independent foundation that can block a takeover of Dutch telecoms group KPN has expressed concern over the proposed €7.2 billion bid by Mexican bi(...)

Ratings agency Fitch has downgraded the ratings on six tranches of Irish residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), saying the absence of a credib(...)

Repossession or the voluntary surrender of homes are likely to be a “last resort” to resolve the mortgage arrears crisis in the Republic, according to(...)

Phone operator Telecom Italia rejected calls for a stock sale. Photograph: Reuters

Telecom Italia, the company created from a merger of Italy’s disparate phone operators two decades ago, risks a downgrade to junk-bond status after re(...)

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