US Senate backs ‘fast-track’ trade push

Fight to provide legislation Obama needs now switches to House

Japan experts defend ‘go for growth’ plan

Hopes rise escaping deflation will deliver a jolt to growth

Draghi and Fischer defend reform calls

Top central bankers reject claim they are too politicised

Irish voters overwhelmingly back same-sex marriage

Referendum reinforces diminished role of the Catholic Church

Pakistan cuts key discount rate to 7%

Larger-than-expected move aimed at spurring growth

California farmers vow to cut water use

25% reduction will match that in drought-hit cities

EU offers stronger ties to eastern states

No new pledges over membership that would risk rattling Moscow

IMF urges Japan to expand monetary easing

Fund’s intervention comes as BoJ keeps policy on hold

Isis suicide bomb kills 20 in Saudi Arabia

Attack raises fears of growing jihadi threat in oil-rich kingdom

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

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

Axa pledges to sell €500m of coal assets

French insurer shuns fossil fuel in favour of renewables

Russian retail sales and wages plummet

Fresh figures rock hopes of economic rebound

Germany curbs union powers after strikes

Concern that labour relations have fallen to ‘English conditions’

Iranian cargo ship mystery deepens

Shahed’s voyage highlights suspicious shipping activity

Ethiopia ruling party set for easy win

Elections set to confirm EPRDF’s grip on power

Isis rivals make bin Laden look soft

Light cast on fierce competition between jihadi groups

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