Isis in position to advance on Damascus

Some locals cheer beheadings of informants and state officials

BoE mis-sends Brexit email to press

Officials confirm research into impact of EU departure

No ‘wall of love’ for Cameron at summit

European leaders warn UK PM over reform negotiations

Yellen expects US economy to strengthen

Fed chair points to rate rise this year if recovery continues

EU offers stronger ties to eastern states

No new pledges over membership that would risk rattling Moscow

US Senate backs ‘fast-track’ trade push

Fight to provide legislation Obama needs now switches to House

Campaign materials for the Irish same-sex marriage referendum are seen in Dublin on May 13, 2015. Ireland could become the first country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage in a historic referendum on May 22 in this traditionally Catholic nation. Voters will be asked whether or not to add an article to the Irish constitution saying: "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex." AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP)

‘Hell of a journey’ for Ireland to the cusp of gay marriage

Debate a mix of emotion, historical allusion, and legal nicety

Actress Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "Sicario" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes...Actress Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "Sicario" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Banks face possible further forex fines

NY regulator turns to abuse of markets by automated trades

Eurozone says no Greek deal without IMF

Cash-strapped Athens could be left for weeks with no aid

Final salary pensions gap worsens

Regulator says £44bn of extra contributions have failed to narrow deficit

Russian retail sales and wages plummet

Fresh figures rock hopes of economic rebound

Comment and Analysis

Plight of Asia’s Rohingya refugees

Anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar forces thousands into camps or on to high seas

Steve Hilton: out of step Tory guru

‘Hiltonism’ fed off the man’s inability to grasp a system he longed to control, writes Giles Wilkes

An illustration of Sepp Blatter
©Luis Grañena

Why Sepp Blatter is a genius

Fifa boss understood very early that there’s a new world order in which westerners don’t matter much

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"I think CDS desensitise lenders/arrangers to credit risk. It's like having a quickie divorce available after a drunken wedding in Las Vegas. Debt should be like a marriage with each party knowing it is to a large extent binding. Without the quickie "out" that CDS offer, credit risk would have been respected more and less credit would have been extended."
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