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UK pledges £2m to help end stigma and shame of period poverty

The UK government has announced £2m to support organisations around the world to end period poverty by 2030.

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India Becomes Trump's Latest Trade Target

In his latest salvo against unfair trade practices in a major Asian market, President Trump says he plans to end preferential trade treatment for India, which sought to downplay the significance of the move.

Ziad Hayek, an expert on public-private partnerships and former investment banker. Photo by: Lebanon’s High Council for Privatization and PPP

Lebanon withdraws World Bank nominee under pressure

WASHINGTON — Lebanon has withdrawn its nomination of Ziad Hayek to be the next World Bank president. Hayek told Devex the Lebanese government made its decision because of “pressure” from other governments.


Calls for stronger accountability after IFC Supreme Court ruling

LONDON — The U.S. Supreme Court decision that the World Bank does not have absolute immunity from prosecution is unlikely to trigger a flood of lawsuits but it could bolster calls for the institution to strengthen its internal accountability mechanisms, international lawyers said.

Source: CNN

Only six countries have equal rights for men and women, World Bank finds

London (CNN)- The world is moving towards legal gender equality -- but it's moving very, very slowly.

DPA: The Economist

Will a Worsening Outlook for Inflation Force the ECB to Act?

Patience, persistence and prudence: the latest incarnation of the European Central Bank’s policy guidance appears to take a leaf out of early Christian writings on virtue. The central bank has counselled that, because it takes time for pricing pressures to recover from crisis years, it will keep interest rates unchanged at least through the summer of this year.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against World Bank Arm on Immunity

The U.S. Supreme Court opened some American-based international organizations to lawsuits, ruling that a World Bank affiliate must defend against allegations it is responsible for environmental damage caused by a power plant in India.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Green New Deal That the Market Loves

While the Green New Deal is drawing both devotees and detractors on Capitol Hill, green energy is seeing nothing but love in the market.

A global gathering of mobile and telecom companies in Barcelona, Spain, has become a referendum on the Chinese technology giant Huawei.

U.A.E. to Use Equipment From Huawei Despite American Pressure

BARCELONA, Spain — The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday that it would use equipment from the Chinese technology giant Huawei to build a new high-speed wireless network, despite pressure by the United States to steer clear of the company’s products.


Sri Lanka stocks, rupee fall; budget, IMF talks outcome awaited

COLOMBO, Feb 25 (Reuters) - ** Sri Lankan shares and the rupee closed weaker on Monday, with investors awaiting cues from next week’s budget and the outcome of talks between government authorities and the IMF, market source said. **