Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries linking debt cost to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, … Read more

Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again

SAO PAULO, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff election on Sunday that marked a stunning comeback for the leftist former president and the end of Brazil’s most right-wing government in decades. Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court declared Lula the next president, with 50.9% of votes … Read more

Egypt’s pound slides as IMF deal triggers new exchange rate regime

Central bank hikes rates in an effort to contain inflation IMF says deal can catalyze about $5 bln in FY 2022/23 Finance rules that snarled imports to be phased out CAIRO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Egypt’s pound slid about 14.5% to a record low against the dollar on Thursday as authorities announced a $3 billion … Read more

Saudi Arabia ‘mature guys’ in spat with US, energy minister says

OPEC+ oil output cut led to US, Saudi spat Saudi Arabia and US “solid allies” – minister Big Wall St turnout at flagship Saudi investment summit RIYADH, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia decided to be the “mature guys” in a spat with the United States over oil supplies, the kingdom’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz … Read more

New PM Rishi Sunak pledges to lead Britain out of economic crisis

Sunak meets King Charles on Tuesday morning Vows to rebuild trust in the country Expected to start forming a cabinet Sunak faces a huge challenge to rebuild stability LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak became Britain’s third prime minister in two months on Tuesday and pledged to lead the country out of a profound … Read more

Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak lead race to be UK’s next prime minister

No candidates have yet declared their intention to run Doubts Johnson can reach the target of 100 lawmaker nominations Sunak is the bookmakers’ favorite Winner would be the fifth British PM in six years LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson and his former finance minister Rishi Sunak were leading the potential contenders to replace … Read more

UK PM Truss clings to power as chaos in Westminster escalates

Truss losing authority as lawmakers quarrel Pound stable against the dollar Some lawmakers say Truss must go now LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss battled to retain her grip on power on Thursday, a day after a second top minister quit and rowing and jostling broke out among her lawmakers in … Read more

Russia’s Putin declares martial law in seized Ukrainian regions

Ukrainians press counter-offensives City of Kherson under pressure, says Russia Moscow seeks evacuation of inhabitants Battle for Kherson seen drawing near KYIV/MIKOLAIV, Ukraine, Oct 19 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin introduced martial law on Wednesday in four Ukrainian regions he says are part of Russia as some residents of the Russian-held city of Kherson left … Read more

UK finance minister Hunt vows to win back financial market trust

PM Truss remains under intense political pressure Government must account for every penny, says new finmin Promises to make “difficult decisions” on spending, tax LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – New finance minister Jeremy Hunt promised to win back Britain’s economic credibility by fully accounting for the government’s tax and spending plans, while insisting his boss … Read more

As UK’s Truss fights for her job, new finance minister warns of tough decisions

PM Truss sacked finance minister on Friday New chancellor Hunt warns of tough decisions Ruling Conservatives have slumped in polls Some Conservative lawmakers say Truss will be ousted LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Britain’s new finance minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday some taxes would go up and tough spending decisions were needed, signaling further … Read more