OECD unveils proposals to curb corporate tax avoidance


LONDON - New international tax rules proposed on Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies such as Google Inc and Inc to shave billions of dollars off their tax bills.

With drums and flutes, loyalists march in Scotland to keep United Kingdom intact

EDINBURGH - About 12,000 Protestant unionists, including contingents from Northern Ireland, marched through Edinburgh's Old Town on Saturday in an emotional show of support for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom.

World, 13 Sep 2014

Northern Ireland firebrand turned peacemaker Ian Paisley dies

BELFAST - Firebrand Protestant cleric Ian Paisley, whose unlikely alliance with bitter Catholic rivals helped to bring a belated peace to Northern Ireland, died on Friday aged 88, his family said.

World, 12 Sep 2014

Former Northern Irish unionist leader Ian Paisley dies: party

BELFAST - Hardline Protestant cleric and former Northern Ireland leader Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88, his Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said on Friday.

World, 12 Sep 2014

Europe's big banks in tentative return to growth mode

LONDON - Europe's big banks returned to growth mode in the first half of this year, expanding their books by 530 million euros ($685 million), in a sign they are starting to get back on their feet after the financial crisis.

12 Sep 2014

Northern Ireland deputy leader hopes to benefit if Scots get more autonomy

TERMONFECKIN Ireland - Northern Ireland's deputy leader Martin McGuinness signaled on Thursday the British province would expect a greater say in social welfare spending if Scotland got more autonomy following a vote against independence in next week's referendum.

World, 11 Sep 2014

Republican holding lead in Connecticut governor's race: poll

BOSTON - Republican businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland Thomas Foley is leading incumbent Democrat Dannel Malloy in the Connecticut governor's race, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Politics, U.S. 10 Sep 2014

Northern Irish government not fit for purpose: first minister

BELFAST - Northern Ireland's devolved government is not fit for purpose in its current form and could collapse over a row between power-sharing partners on budget cuts, the British-controlled province's most senior politician said on Tuesday.

World, 09 Sep 2014

Northern Ireland's first minister tells Scots 'don't go'

BELFAST - Northern Ireland's first minister said on Monday he would summon "every fiber of his being" to urge Scottish voters not to leave the United Kingdom as fellow Unionists fretted about next week's referendum.

World, 08 Sep 2014

Pope accepts resignation of head of scandal-plagued Irish church

ROME - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican said on Monday, drawing a line under a career plagued by accusations that he kept quiet about the sexual abuse of children by clergy.


U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.