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The next fortnight will be a test for Europe to show how committed it is to the Irish question without the Varadkar megaphone in play.
Ireland has just 19 days before the crunch European council meeting on 14 December to exact a solution on the Irish border, one of the key three issues to be resolved before progress can be made to the second phase of talks. But in the act of torpedoing the confidence and supply agreement he had with taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s party, he has shortened the lifespan of the government and raised questions about the strength of Ireland’s position going into a critical phase of Brexit negotiations.
Oil prices edged higher on Friday in muted trade due to the Thanksgiving holiday, as falls in inventory and disrupted supply to the U.S. supported prices.
Some analysts say that investors may be disappointed if they expect OPEC and external producers to announce a complete deal next week. “We still think prices will consolidate above $60 even if OPEC somewhat disappoints the market,” said Paul Horsnell, the head of commodity research at Standard Chartered.
Ann Wedgeworth, who won a Tony in 1978 for her performance in Neil Simon’s comedy “Chapter Two” and played an amorous divorced woman on the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company,” died on Nov. 16 in North Bergen, N.J.
She was in the 1977 film version of “Thieves” and in “Scarecrow” (1973), with Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, among other movies. Ms. Wedgeworth and Mr. Torn divorced, and in 1970 she married Ernie Martin, an acting teacher, with whom she lived in Manhattan.