In Dublin, Aer Lingus shares rose 3.4 per cent, marking  a reversal of recent sentiment towards airline stocks in the wake of the Ebola scare. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks rose yesterday, ending the longest rout in 11 years, while Italian and Greek bonds gained on prospects for more stimulus. Ten-year It(...)

A pedestrian is reflected in an electronic board displaying various stock prices at a brokerage in Tokyo.

European stocks jumped the most in seven months and oil and southern euro zone bonds rebounded sharply today as investors poured back into beaten-down(...)

Synod:  Pope Francis (C) leading the extraordinary Synod of bishops on family, at the Vatican.  Catholic bishops were coming together for a two-week synod in order to discuss church stances on family-related issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality, contraceptives and premarital sex. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Handout/EPA

“The Australian couple who spoke first were quite explicit and developed in their emphasis on the central role of sexuality, of sexual intercourse in(...)

Aston Martin is reviving the classic Lagonda name with this striking super-saloon.

Aston Martin has confirmed that its stunning Lagonda super-saloon is to go global. Well, almost. When it was first revealed, this seventies-throwback (...)

Every home gets an allowance of 30,000 litres. Homes with children under 18 will get an additional allowance of 21,000 litres per child. 2:00

The end is nigh for so called free water supplies?From Wednesday, water will stop being free. Free? Hang on, have we not always paid for our water th(...)

Stephen Hung has ordered 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms

How many Rolls-Royce cars can you buy for $20m? One Chinese businessman knows the answer.In the biggest ever single order, Stephen Hung, the flamboyan(...)

Being in the library at opening time is only cool if you’ve been up all night. Photograph: Getty Images

When I arrived at university in 1978 I was driven by my mother in an orange Citroën Dyane with a cardboard trunk containing a few books and my Patti S(...)

The world’s leading luxury carmaker BMW posted a bigger-than-forecast 27-per-cent gain in second-quarter profit  with the group aiming for record sales this year.Photograph: EPA/ARMIN WEIGEL

New models and strong sales in China helped BMW to beat second-quarter profit forecasts and keep it on track to remain the world’s biggest luxury carm(...)

Competition in Paris’ 5-star hotel markets is gearing up. Following the opening of the Peninsula (pictured), LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury-goods company, is set to open its own ‘palace’ by converting La Samaritaine department store.

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, in a building where George Gershwin composed “An American in Paris” in 1928, the Peninsula opened its doors (...)

The longest line at the Farnborough International Airshow last week was for a model aircraft. In the absence of the F-35 Lightning, the colossally exp(...)