UnionPay: there are almost as many UnionPay cards globally in circulation as the two leading payment cards combined

It’s an increasingly common sight shopping malls and at ATMs and in hotels from Okinawa to Bangkok to Manila – the logo of the Chinese payment system (...)

Jean Butler cheers on the dancers taking part in Riverdance: The Gathering Longest Line on Sunday, as 1,693 dancers from 44 countries gathered on the Liffey quays to break the previous world record of 652 people dancing in a line, set in Nashville, Tennessee. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

If you’ve heard of The Gathering, you’ll have an opinion on it. Gabriel Byrne certainly did. Last November the actor described the year-long initiativ(...)