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Hariri Marks Return With Vow to Advance Lebanon Energy Deals

Hariri Marks Return With Vow to Advance Lebanon Energy Deals

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri promised to prioritize licensing for offshore oil and gas exploration, and said he would be “positive” in dealing with various political factions after suspending
Germany Risk May Weigh on Financial Markets, VTB Says

Germany Risk May Weigh on Financial Markets, VTB Says

VTB Capital global macro strategist Neil MacKinnon says the political uncertainty in Germany is a key concern for financial markets. He speaks to Bloomberg's Anna Edwards on "Bloomberg Markets."
Julius Baer's Kohl Is Not Worried About Germany

Julius Baer's Kohl Is Not Worried About Germany

Julius Baer head of currency research David Kohl says that, given Germany's strong economy, he doesn't see a reason for markets to be too concerned about the political uncertainty as Chancellor Angela
Juncker's Swiss Visit Yields Dividend in Bid to Anchor EU Ties

Juncker's Swiss Visit Yields Dividend in Bid to Anchor EU Ties

The European Union’s bid to streamline its intricate relationship with Switzerland got a boost on Thursday with a pledge to settle unresolved issues by early next year.
Myanmar to Take Back Rohingyas After U.S. Decries ‘Cleansing’

Myanmar to Take Back Rohingyas After U.S. Decries ‘Cleansing’

Myanmar has agreed to take back hundreds and thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees who’ve been sheltering in neighboring Bangladesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka said in a statement.

Mugabe Won't Face Prosecution in Zimbabwe, Ruling Party Says

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe won’t face prosecution and is free to remain in the southern African nation following his resignation on Tuesday after 37 years in power.
Now Putin Is Being Asked to Bring Peace to Afghanistan

Now Putin Is Being Asked to Bring Peace to Afghanistan

Russia must press the Taliban to enter peace talks in Afghanistan, while an international inquiry should establish whether the Kremlin is arming the insurgent group, according to a senior Afghan
Rand Traders Brace for Big Swings Each Way as Risks Stack Up

Rand Traders Brace for Big Swings Each Way as Risks Stack Up

The rand’s roller-coaster ride isn’t over yet -- but traders appear uncertain about whether it’s heading up or down.
Balance of Power: Merkel Thrown Lifeline by Old Ruling Partner

Balance of Power: Merkel Thrown Lifeline by Old Ruling Partner

After Angela Merkel’s hopes for a fourth term as German Chancellor were cast into chaos, her traditional rivals may now toss her a lifeline.Spurned by the Free Democrats, who walked out of coalition
U.K. Faces Longest Fall in Living Standards on Record

U.K. Faces Longest Fall in Living Standards on Record

Britons were warned they are on course for the longest fall in living standards since records began 60 years ago after the U.K.’s fiscal watchdog took the ax to its outlook for economic growth.
EU Mulls Including Turkey on Blacklist of Tax Havens

EU Mulls Including Turkey on Blacklist of Tax Havens

The European Union may include Turkey on a blacklist of tax havens as soon as next month, in a move that could further strain ties between Ankara and the world’s largest trading bloc.
Palestinian Factions Call for Elections Before End of 2018

Palestinian Factions Call for Elections Before End of 2018

Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo called on President Mahmoud Abbas to hold legislative and presidential elections by the end of 2018 to cement a recent agreement to end a decade of splits that
Iran Sees Its Rivals Uniting as Israel Talks Up Saudi Ties

Iran Sees Its Rivals Uniting as Israel Talks Up Saudi Ties

The shock and awe unleashed by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has prompted concern in Iran, where speculation is mounting that the U.S. and Israel will unite with the kingdom to take the fight to its
Merkel Offered Path to Fourth Term as Main Rivals Debate Backing

Merkel Offered Path to Fourth Term as Main Rivals Debate Backing

Germany’s biggest opposition party is debating whether to begin talks with Angela Merkel on a minority government or a coalition, offering a way to restore political leadership in Europe’s biggest
Swiss Get Juncker House Call as EU Seeks to Anchor Economic Ties

Swiss Get Juncker House Call as EU Seeks to Anchor Economic Ties

The European Union’s attempt to streamline its complicated relationship with Switzerland may get a boost on Thursday.
As Brexit Crunch Nears, EU Trade Plans Said to Fall Short

As Brexit Crunch Nears, EU Trade Plans Said to Fall Short

The European Union is ready for an offer from Theresa May that could unlock Brexit trade talks, even as a consensus is forming in Brussels that the future deal available won’t be anything like the
May's U.K. Budget Largesse Comes Too Late in the Year for Voters

May's U.K. Budget Largesse Comes Too Late in the Year for Voters

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government delivered the kind of Budget it should have fired up five months ago -- when there was an election at stake.
Australia Fears Asia Power Shift to China If U.S. Withdraws

Australia Fears Asia Power Shift to China If U.S. Withdraws

Australia is concerned that China’s military expansion in the South China Sea will lead to clashes in Asia and wants the U.S. to remain involved in the region, according to a new policy paper released
At Top Swaps Watchdog, Wall Street Fines Have Fallen Off a Cliff

At Top Swaps Watchdog, Wall Street Fines Have Fallen Off a Cliff

The U.S.’s top swaps watchdog appears to be losing its bark and its bite.
Texas Congressman Barton Apologizes After Lewd Photo Emerges

Texas Congressman Barton Apologizes After Lewd Photo Emerges

Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton apologized Wednesday after a lewd photo of himself surfaced on the internet, but a spokeswoman said he has no plans to resign.