Xi Jinping at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in  Beijing on Tuesday. Since coming to power in March 2012, Mr Xi has come down hard on press freedom. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Getting a foreign journalist visa in China was easier last year than in previous years, according to a survey by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of C(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Our economy is growing; our public finances are under control. Jobs are being created.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has held the door open to a Fine Gael-Labour Coalition backed by Independents if the result of the next election i(...)

A Lego brick figurine of Emmet Brickowoski, a character from “The Lego Movie”, stands in the reception area at the headquarters of Lego A/S in Billund, Denmark. Lego said full-year revenue advanced 13 per cent, outpacing the building-block maker’s key rivals, helped by toys based on “The Lego Movie.” (Photograph: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg)

Lego said full-year revenue advanced 13 per cent, outpacing the building-block maker’s competitors, helped by new toys based on “The Lego Movie.” S(...)

The Anchorage:  overlooks the river Liffey at the junction of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Lime Street

An exceptionally well-let office building completed less than seven years ago in Dublin’s south docks is to be offered for sale on the international (...)

 Digicel  mobile operator owner Denis O’Brien. Digicel Limited, the Bermuda-based entity raising the debt on behalf of the group, said it will use the cash to buy back more expensive senior loan notes, issued in 2009. Photograph: David Sleator

Digicel, the Caribbean mobile operator owned by Denis O’Brien, plans to raise $925 million in unsecured loan notes to fund a buyback of more expensiv(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

Pedro Passos Coelho: “The market conditions that Portugal has access to now are more favourable that those agreed on with the IMF and therefore we will save in the future by paying part of the IMF loan early.”  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Portugal plans to make an early payment of about €14 billion of its bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund after borrowing costs dropped, (...)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),  and 13 others are charged with hiring prostitutes for orgies in a case known as the “Carlton Affair” for the name of the hotel in Lille where some of the sex parties took place. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg.

A French prosecutor has urged judges to clear Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of aggravated pimping. The intervention comes after two weeks o(...)

Michele Ferrero, the late owner of the Italian confectioner that makes Nutella and other chocolate sweets. Photograph: STR/EPA

Michele Ferrero, Italy’s richest person and owner of the Ferrero Group, maker of Nutella spread and Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs, has died aged 89(...)

An Airbus A320 aircraft, operated by Aer Lingus, taxis towards the runway at Gatwick airport. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British Airways parent IAG would consider improving commitments made last week to help win Government backing for its planned takeover of Aer Lingus, (...)