Ireland

Citi adds 600 positions in Northern Ireland jobs boost

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BELFAST - U.S. bank Citi will hire 600 people in Belfast in one of the largest expansions by a multinational in Northern Ireland in recent years.

Irish minister expects EU case against Apple to fail

DUBLIN - Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Friday that a European Commission case against Ireland over tax breaks given to Apple Inc is likely to fail.

Mass water protests put pressure on Irish government

DUBLIN - Tens of thousands of people marched in towns across Ireland on Saturday in a second day of mass protests against water charges, the biggest display of opposition to government austerity measures since the country's banking crisis and bailout in 2010.

World, 01 Nov 2014

Ireland warns Britain against opting out of EU arrest laws

DUBLIN/LONDON - Ireland has urged Britain not to bow to domestic pressure to ditch European Union laws that allow suspected criminals to be arrested in other member states, saying such a move could undermine bilateral efforts to tackle terrorism and crime.

World, 28 Oct 2014

ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

FRANKFURT - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe?

ECB tests find 800-850 million euro shortfall at PTSB: source

DUBLIN - European bank stress tests have found that Ireland's permanent tsb (PTSB) had a capital shortfall of 800 million to 850 million euros at the end of 2013, a source familiar with the process said on Friday.

24 Oct 2014

Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal.

Politics, 21 Oct 2014

Irish tax changes may cost U.S. groups billions

LONDON - Ireland's plan to close a "Double Irish" tax loophole could cost U.S. companies including Apple and Google billions of dollars, although a new break and pressure to tackle tax avoidance elsewhere means they are unlikely to decamp.

Tech, Media, 14 Oct 2014

Sudanese U.N. medic dies of Ebola in German hospital

BERLIN - A Sudanese U.N. medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in a German hospital where he was being treated, the clinic in Leipzig said on Tuesday.

World, Health, 14 Oct 2014

Largest Irish anti-austerity march in years targets water charges

DUBLIN - Tens of thousands of people rallied against new water bills in Dublin on Saturday in Ireland's biggest anti-austerity protest for years as a candidate calling for a boycott of the charges was elected to parliament in a by-election.

World, 11 Oct 2014
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Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city on Wednesday and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.