Martin to Take Over as Irish Prime Minister in Grand Coalition

Micheal Martin is set to take over as Ireland’s new prime minister Saturday at the helm of the nation’s first grand coalition, replacing Leo Varadkar in what will be a rotating premiership. The Irish parliament will elect Martin, 59, as prime minister in Dublin, four months after a general election failed to produce a clear winner, after the Green Party […]

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Stone Gets Less of a Reprieve to Report to Prison Than He Wanted

President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone got a two-week delay to the start of his 40-month prison sentence, far shorter than the two-month extension he requested. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Friday ordered Stone to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by July 14 and said he must stay confined at home until then. Stone was previously […]

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Sunak Says Priority Is Protecting Jobs as U.K. Leaves Lockdown

Sign up here for our daily coronavirus newsletter on what you need to know, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said his priority is to protect British jobs as the U.K. emerges from a lockdown that’s plunged the economy into recession and left millions of workers depending on […]

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Gove Attacked Over ‘Veil of Secrecy’ in Key Brexit Discussions

The U.K. government is hindering lawmakers’ efforts to properly scrutinize key decisions over the country’s exit from the European Union, a parliamentary panel said. The European Scrutiny Committee called on Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove to lift what it called the “veil of secrecy” surrounding the Joint EU-U.K. Committee and its sub-committees that oversee the implementation of the Brexit Withdrawal […]

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Governments Find It’s Easier to Provide Virus Relief Than End It

In this article Sign up here for our daily coronavirus newsletter on what you need to know, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. Within 24 hours of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement this month that his government was scaling back crisis support for childcare providers, Frances Crimmins was inundated with calls and emails […]

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Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Crusade Hits the President’s Own Party

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s party has filed a complaint over alleged misuse of internal funds, widening a rift within the group and testing a government that pledged to purge Mexico of graft. Morena’s current leader Alfonso Ramirez Cuellar said the political party filed a criminal complaint with federal prosecutors to investigate the use of 395 million pesos ($17.5 million) […]

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China Adds Funds to Banking System to Avoid Liquidity Shortage

In this article China injected liquidity to the financial system by offering medium-term loans to banks, in the government’s latest effort to avoid a funding crunch this month. It kept interest rates on the loans unchanged. The People’s Bank of China added 200 billion yuan ($28 billion) through the medium-term lending facility at a rate of 2.95%, according to a […]

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Iran’s Coronavirus Fight Collides With U.S. Sanctions

Sign up here for our daily coronavirus newsletter on what you need to know, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. Iran was among the earliest countries to suffer a major Covid-19 outbreak, and now is one of the first to suffer a resurgence. It drew scrutiny for scenes of pilgrims licking holy shrines, questionable […]

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Britain Poised for Double Dose of Virus-Related Easing: Eco Week

Britain may receive a double whammy of coronavirus-related easing this week as the government loosens some restrictions on businesses and the Bank of England prepares more stimulus. The country with Europe’s highest death toll, and corresponding criticism of its public health response, will allow most stores to reopen on Monday as it tries to breathe life into an economy that […]

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