Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, at a bilateral meeting  in Davos. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/ EPA

The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its call for debt relief for Greece, raising pressure on European countries to cede to Greek demands fo(...)

A man passes a board showing the decline of Straits Times Index (STI), Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) index at the central business district in Singapore

European equities steadied on Thursday after slumping in the previous session following a rout in commodities prices, with a strong rally in shares of(...)

Japan’s share prices fell 191.54 points to close at 16,955.57 points at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, as the yen’s continuing strength dented exporters and another fall in oil prices hit petroleum-linked stocks after sanctions against major crude producer Iran were lifted. (Photograph:  Yoshikazu TSUNOYOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Asian shares slid to their lowest levels since 2011 on Monday after weak US economic data and a massive fall in oil prices stoked further worries abo(...)

Novice soldiers run along a road during a test of military skills in Heihe in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

President Xi Jinping has announced major structural reforms of the People’s Liberation Army and has said that China’s 2.3-million-member strong armed (...)

Pedestrians walk past an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

European shares inched higher on Friday, signalling a possible stabilisation from this week’s earlier sell-off as Chinese stocks rose after the countr(...)

Mathias Dopfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, at his office in Berlin. Axel Springer, the German publishing giant, has snapped up stakes in online media companies, pivoted its news operations to cater to mobile readers and given its senior managers a crash course in start-up culture. Photograph: Gordon Welters/The New York Times

When Mathias Doepfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, and a handful of his top managers first set their sights on the United States three years ago(...)

Former  wartime ‘comfort women’ at the House of Sharing shelter in Gwangju, South Korea, watch a news report of a meeting between the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan. Photograph: Hong Ki-won/Yonhap/Reuters

Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle a toxic dispute about wartime sex slaves forced to work in Japanese military brothels. The historic agreem(...)

 Brent crude oil futures added 0.7 per cent to $36.62 after skidding to $36.04 on Monday, their lowest since July 2004, as demand for heating oil slipped on warmer-than-normal temperatures.(Photograph: Atef Hassan/Reuters)

Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday, taking solace from Wall Street gains and some stability in recently weak crude oil prices, though gains were ca(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

World stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors chose to take the first hike in US interest rates since 2006 as a mark of confidence in the world’(...)

Japan’s Nikkei stock index ended down 1.7 per cent at a 7-1/2-week low, extending losses as crude oil prices resumed their slide. (Photograph: FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA)

Asian shares edged up on Tuesday, but moved off their session highs amid caution about volatile crude oil prices and ahead of this week’s widely anti(...)