New York’s Edward I. Koch was remembered by mourners as a mayor who restored confidence in the biggest U.S. city’s ability to govern itself and fixed its finances with tough, sometimes uncompromising, policy positions.
Israel’s newly expanded governing coalition may be more cautious about bombing Iran, and it may be marginally more open to serious negotiations with the Palestinians. But neither issue was the immediate reason the centrist Kadima party joined the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 8.
Israel’s weakening shekel, the second-worst performing currency this year in Europe, Middle East and Africa on concern the nation may be poised to attack Iran, will boost growth for the export-focused economy, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
What’s in a name? In 2008, supporters of a state ballot measure convinced a majority of California voters that there was a meaningful difference between extending full domestic partnership rights to gay couples and calling their relationships marriage.
A Hasidic rabbi holds a modesty ribbon tied around the waist of his daughter on her wedding day. He dances to the cheers and stomps of hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men. She wipes tears from under her face-covering, overwhelmed by emotion.
Switzerland said it expects to deliver account data on almost 4,450 UBS AG clients suspected by the U.S. of tax evasion, prompting the Internal Revenue Service to say it will drop a lawsuit against the bank within months.