Pro-democracy protesters gather outside the Hong Kong government headquarters. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

After the worst week in almost two months for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, US stocks fell as Hong Kong protests added to geopolitical concern(...)

Dermot Desmond: decision to invest in housing will be closely watched

Billionaire financier Dermot Desmond has set up a new business with up to €200 million to spend on building residential houses in Ireland. The busines(...)

Uighur academic Ilham Tohti sits during his trial on separatism charges in Urumqi, Xinjiang region last week. A series of attacks occurred in Xinjiang  two days before the Beijing-based scholar was jailed for for separatism, sparking an international outcry. Photograph: CCTV via Reuters.

The death toll from violence that erupted in China’s turbulent far western region of Xinjiang last weekend was raised to 50 from two, state media repo(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. The airline has predicted it will reach the upper end of its earnings projection this fiscal year.

Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary told shareholders this morning that he and the company’s board are close to confirming his committment to rem(...)

 Pfizer has approached Actavis to express its interest in an acquisition that could allow the US drugmaker to move overseas and reduce taxes. Photo: Bloomberg

Ireland is back at the centre of the controversy over corporate inversion as it emerged that drug giant Pfizer has approached Irish-headquartered Acta(...)

Indian scientists and engineers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at the tracking centre in Bangalore. Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA.

A $74 million (€57.4 million) Indian spacecraft entered orbit around Mars after an almost yearlong voyage today, and for 11 percent the cost of the la(...)

CRH is to offload its share in a builder merchanting chain in France by the end of this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

European stocks fell as China’s minister for finance Lou Jiwei dampened speculation his government will boost economic stimulus. Commodities producers(...)

Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the (...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen addresses a Senate banking committee hearing in Washington, DC, yesterday. She told lawmakers the central bank must press on with monetary stimulus as “significant slack” remained in labour markets and inflation was still below the Fed’s goal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US stock markets rose yesterday, adding to earlier gains as investors bet that the US Federal Reserve would not adjust guidance about how soon it w(...)