Overall, 7 per cent of 15-year-olds in Ireland are classed as low-performing across maths, reading, and science, compared to an OECD average of 12 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

(...) all three subject categories. China tops the rankings with the lowest proportion of low performers(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

(...) otherwise solid course. Fears of a China-led global economic slowdown, along with oil’s steep slide since(...)

 Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has warned of threats to US growth. Photograph: Jessica Hill/AP

(...) the US congress on Wednesday, she noted the widening fallout from concerns over China’s weaker(...)

Frankfurt, Germany. Wednesday’s industrial output data for Britain, France and Italy followed news a day earlier of a shock plunge in Germany, setting back expectations that economic growth across the continent might be picking up in 2016.

(...) economies like China. “I would expand this to say it’s bad industrial output figures across the world. If(...)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. Mercedes, which has reported a 20 per cent increase in January sales to 150,814 cars, has benefited from surging demand for its new C-Class midsized saloon and expects further tailwind this year from the launch of a new E-Class model.

(...) 2016 despite volatility in many markets such as Russia, Brazil and China. Mercedes, which has reported(...)

Threat: a health technician with Aedes aegyti mosquito larvae  which transmit the virus. Photograph: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South(...)

Richard Barrett: Publicly expressed his concern over the State’s failure to provide adequate levels of social housing.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Czar sounds a bit excessive and perhaps more in keeping with the way they do things in China, where(...)

Pope Francis smiles during a special audience with the missionaries of mercy, in the Regia Hall at the Vatican, Tuesday. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

(...).2 billion flock, they will be travelling this year to countries including United Arab Emirates, Egypt, China(...)

Coca-Cola Co reported an 8 per cent fall in quarterly net revenue, as a strong dollar once again reduced the value of sales from outside the United States. (Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

US bottling plants three years early and is widening the program to sites in China. China(...)

Rioters throw bricks at police in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

(...) colleagues,” he said. Tensions have been running high in Hong Kong amid signs of China tightening its grip(...)