Ireland, the European Union and International Monetary Fund agreed over the weekend to an 80 billion to 90 billion euro ($109 billion to $123 billion) financial bailout plan to help Ireland’s ailing economy and prevent the broader economic crisis from tanking other troubled countries, such as Portugal and Spain. Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi won enough votes from her Democratic colleagues to keep the party’s top spot in the next Congress when the GOP takes over control. As expected, GOP Minority Leader John Boehner won backing from his party to be the next speaker of the House. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, European Union finance ministers met to discuss a possible bailout for Ireland, whose banks have more than $60 billion in real estate debt. In Haiti, the death toll from cholera passed 1,000 as two died in riots ignited by a claim that peacekeepers from Nepal brought cholera into the country. Continue reading
In other news, Ireland’s debt soared after it rescued five banks from huge real estate losses, but officials there insist the country doesn’t need a bailout. Meanwhile, European Union officials reported the Greek government has much more debt than first feared. Continue reading
New Directions has just put out “Dylan Thomas: The Collected Poems.” It’s a republication of the original edition, as selected by the poet himself, and the introduction is by Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Princeton University.
Special correspondent Saul Gonzalez reports from Ireland, where the Catholic Church continues to reel from the allegations and resignations surrounding the child sex abuse scandal. Continue reading
As part of a series of reports from the Vatican, Cardinal William Levada, the head of the office that handles sex abuse claims, speaks to Margaret Warner in his first television interview about the scandal rocking the Catholic Church. Continue reading
In other news, a U.K. inquiry revealed that the U.S. focused on Iraq just hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the United Nations expressed frustration with Iran over its refusal to export its uranium for enrichment. Continue reading