Green Party leader Eamon Ryan insisted Moneypoint could be shut down “tomorrow”, saying Ireland would “not have a moral leg to stand on” if it continued to burn coal for power generation in the wake of the US plan. Photograph: Eric Luke.

(...) radical step for the US but it is not as radical as Europe,” he said. Paris summit Prof Sweeney said(...)

Apple weighed heavily on all major US stock indices as it fell for the fifth straight day. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

(...)-rate annuities. Its shares fell more than 3 per cent. EUROPE European stocks snapped a five-day winning streak(...)

Both Greece and its lenders said on Tuesday they were optimistic they could broker a deal within days on a multibillion euro bailout, striking a surp(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin lights candles at St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles Church in Moscow. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti

The Kremlin is under pressure to scrap draconian plans to destroy embargoed western agricultural produce found entering Russia and instead distribut(...)

Germany’s chief prosecutor Harald Range, who has accused his boss, the federal justice minister, of unacceptable political interference. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

An unprecedented showdown is looming in Berlin after Germany’s chief prosecutor accused his boss, the federal justice minister, of unacceptable politi(...)

A decade ago Salander’s creator, 50-year-old Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson, died suddenly of a heart attack just before publication of the first book in the series, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Photograph: Britt-Marie Trensmar/Scanpix.

Swedish author David Lagercrantz, the man who has revived crime-solving cypherpunk Lisbeth Salander, has attracted controversy for suggesting he was (...)

Russian Natalia Molchanova displaying a “minus 86 metres” tag that gave her a win in the first women’s free-diving world championship in  September 2005 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. File photograph: Jacques Munch/AFP/Getty Images

Natalia Molchanova (53), widely regarded as the greatest free diver in history, was missing in the Balearic Sea after diving with three others there o(...)

The seized painting,  ‘Head of a Young Woman’, by Picasso, at the customs offices in Calvi. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Kim Willsher in Paris When French customs officers boarded a yacht docked off the town of Calvi in northern Corsica, they knew exactly what they were (...)

Ardagh reported revenue of €1.3 billion for the second quarter, up 2 per cent on the €1.28 billion announced for the same quarter last year

Packaging Europe revenue rose 1 per cent to €361 million compared with the same period in 2014 and was 2 per(...)