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Key Senator Backs Health Mandate Repeal

Key Senator Backs Health Mandate Repeal

Bloomberg’s Anna Edgerton discusses the outlook for U.S. tax reform. She speaks with Bloomberg's Vonnie Quinn on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)
U.K. Bows to Worsening Economy, More Borrowing as Brexit Nears

U.K. Bows to Worsening Economy, More Borrowing as Brexit Nears

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s troubled government resigned itself to a deteriorating economic outlook as it committed 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to prepare for Brexit and tried to make housing
Obamacare Sign-Ups Slow Slightly in Shortened Enrollment Period

Obamacare Sign-Ups Slow Slightly in Shortened Enrollment Period

Enrollment in Obamacare plans for 2018 slowed in the past week, raising the possibility that a shorter sign-up window could curtail the number of people seeking coverage.
Czech Would-Be Prime Minister Clears First Hurdle in Parliament

Czech Would-Be Prime Minister Clears First Hurdle in Parliament

Czech prime minister aspirant Andrej Babis cleared his first hurdle in parliament after winning last month’s elections by securing the assembly’s speaker post for his euroskeptic ANO party with the
Venezuela Tells Diplomats to Tighten Belts as Money Runs Out

Venezuela Tells Diplomats to Tighten Belts as Money Runs Out

All of Venezuela’s diplomatic missions globally are being urged to renegotiate rent agreements with the goal of achieving “substantial savings,” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in an internal memo
All Eyes on Merkel's Opponents as They Debate Price for a Deal

All Eyes on Merkel's Opponents as They Debate Price for a Deal

German voters handed Angela Merkel a victory in September’s election, but they might be about to get her opponents’ policies.
Canadian CEOs Urge Trudeau to Back TPP

Canadian CEOs Urge Trudeau to Back TPP

Canadian chief executives are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to nail down and implement an 11-nation Pacific Rim trade deal, as Canada holds out in hopes of changes.
How Hammond's Stamp Duty Cut Was Drawn-Up Behind His Back

How Hammond's Stamp Duty Cut Was Drawn-Up Behind His Back

The policy to cut taxes on home-buying, announced by Philip Hammond on Wednesday, was first drawn up behind his back by advisers to Prime Minister Theresa May.
Britain’s Productivity Pain Costs Hammond $120 Billion

Britain’s Productivity Pain Costs Hammond $120 Billion

The U.K.’s budget watchdog warned the economy faces years of poor productivity as it gave up assuming the post-financial crisis weakness will be temporary.
Putin Sees ‘Real Chance’ to End Syria War at Talks With Iran and Turkey

Putin Sees ‘Real Chance’ to End Syria War at Talks With Iran and Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin said there’s a “real chance” to end the 6 1/2 year civil war in Syria as he secured backing from his Turkish and Iranian counterparts for a peace initiative that’s
The Senate Tax Bill’s Chances Just Got Better

The Senate Tax Bill’s Chances Just Got Better

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to agree to smash Obamacare’s individual mandate may remove one obstacle to passing the Senate Republican tax bill next week.
Egypt Arrests 29 People on Suspicion of Spying for Turkey

Egypt Arrests 29 People on Suspicion of Spying for Turkey

Egyptian authorities have arrested 29 people on suspicion of spying for Turkey as part of a plot to restore the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization to power, the public prosecutor’s office said.
U.S. Condemns Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis as Ethnic Cleansing

U.S. Condemns Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis as Ethnic Cleansing

The U.S. condemned Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim population as “ethnic cleansing,” a designation that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could lead to “possible targeted sanctions.”
Ireland Sees ‘Reasonable Chance’ of Brexit Talks Progress

Ireland Sees ‘Reasonable Chance’ of Brexit Talks Progress

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney raised the possibility of a breakthrough in Brexit talks next month, and urged the U.K. to make further concessions to allow talks to move to trade.
Man Behind World’s Biggest Bond Rally Seeks Encore in Honduras Election

Man Behind World’s Biggest Bond Rally Seeks Encore in Honduras Election

The leader who brought Honduras back from the brink of being a failed state and oversaw the world’s biggest sovereign bond rally is seeking to become its first president to get re-elected in more than
Temer to Rally Coalition for Make-or-Break Pension Effort

Temer to Rally Coalition for Make-or-Break Pension Effort

Brazil President Michel Temer on Wednesday sought to rally his ruling coalition behind a pension bill in an all-out effort that could make or break much of his remaining 13 months in office.
U.K. Predicts Worse Growth and More Borrowing as Brexit Looms

U.K. Predicts Worse Growth and More Borrowing as Brexit Looms

Prime Minister Theresa May’s under-fire government acknowledged the U.K. economic outlook is deteriorating and unexpectedly set aside an extra 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to prepare for all Brexit
Pakistan Court Orders Release of 2008 Mumbai Attack Suspect

Pakistan Court Orders Release of 2008 Mumbai Attack Suspect

A Pakistan High Court ordered the release of Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Saudi Graft Suspects Are Starting to Make Payments for Freedom

Saudi Graft Suspects Are Starting to Make Payments for Freedom

Saudi suspects being held as part of the kingdom’s crackdown on alleged corruption are starting to make payments to settle cases in exchange for freedom, according to people with knowledge of the
Mladic Sentenced to Life by UN Tribunal for Bosnia Genocide

Mladic Sentenced to Life by UN Tribunal for Bosnia Genocide

The UN Hague tribunal sentenced Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander, to life in prison for genocide and other crimes, including the massacre of thousands of Muslim men and boys in