Thousands sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Britain’s queen

LONDON—The audience at Royal Albert Hall got a rare treat last Saturday—the chance to sing “Happy Birthday” to the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Queen...

Ortega OK for talks as deadly Nicaragua’s protests rage on

MANAGUA, Nicaragua—Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said last Saturday that his government is willing to enter into talks over social security reforms that have sparked...

Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush is remembered at...

HOUSTON—Barbara Bush was remembered as the “first lady of the Greatest Generation” during a funeral last Saturday attended by four former US presidents and...

IMF communiqué: Trade, debt seen as threats to global growth

The global growth outlook faces rising threats from trade tensions and mounting debt despite a strengthening and “increasingly broad-based” expansion at the moment, according...

Trade tensions upset world economic peace as IMF spring meetings start

Trade tensions between the US and China risk eroding business and investor confidence, even as global growth enjoys its best upswing in years. That’s the...

Australia has right to sail in South China Sea–Turnbull

CANBERRA, Australia—Australia’s prime minister said the Australian navy has a “perfect right” to traverse the South China Sea after a media report on Friday...

The rich are betting they can buy their way to a longer...

MONEY might not buy love, but it can buy better health. And, to live as long as possible, the world’s wealthy are willing to...

Nintendo’s $30-billion rally now depends on cardboard pianos

NINTENDO Co. got its start in 1889 as a successful manufacturer of hanafuda—Japanese playing cards made out of stiff paper. Now the game maker...

IMF’s Lagarde urges countries to settle trade disputes, cut debt

WASHINGTON—The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging countries to work out their differences over trade and take advantage of a healthy...

Philip Morris’s next challenge is getting grandpa stoked to vape

AFTER its stock fell the most in a decade on Thursday, Philip Morris International Inc.’s challenge is to convince baby boomers to switch from...

US, China seek allies as they dig in for long economic tussle

The United States and China look to be preparing for a protracted confrontation over trade and investment as they each try to line up...

US-Japan announce trade talks; don’t agree on what to discuss

President Donald J. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced another new trade dialogue on Wednesday, while disagreeing on what kind of deal...

EU, UK Brexit talks start with sluggish progress

The first formal meeting between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) on their post-Brexit relationship ended with little in the way of...

Putin to seek Trump deal even after sanctions, Syria attack

After United States sanctions crippled an entire Russian industry and air strikes in Syria threatened the first direct clash between nuclear superpowers since the...

Japan exports weak on stronger yen, trade war fears

Japan’s trade balance remained in surplus in March, but the increase in exports was less than expected, with sales to the United States and...

Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

HOUSTON—Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at...

$12.5-trillion market defies investor attempts at definition

Decades of graduations, demotions, rallies and retreats, have left the world’s $12.5 trillion of emerging-market debt and equities facing a bit of an identity...

China overtakes US as top export market for Vietnam

China overtook the United States as the main export market for Vietnam last year, underscoring how the world’s No. 2 economy is growing its...

US bans ZTE from tech for 7 years of ‘hell’

The United States government said Chinese telecommunications-gear maker ZTE Corp. violated the terms of a sanctions settlement and imposed a seven-year ban on purchases...

British businesses aren’t backing a second Brexit vote

The plot to reverse Brexit is missing a key ally: United Kingdom business. Companies have been among the most outspoken critics of the split from...