Singapore’s guide

Lee Kuan Yew, who died last week aged 92, was one of Asia’s most remarkable leaders of the 20th century. As prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1(...)

Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, faces another term following this weekend’s election. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If there ever was any doubt that Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan, would win another term at this weekend’s election, it has been laid to re(...)

Shoppers walk past and look at a board displaying food prices at a shopping mall in central Beijing. Photogrpah: David Gray/Reuters

It’s jokingly referred to as “the noodle bowl” - Asia’s tangled mass of bilateral free-trade agreements (FTAs).The slow pace of global trade talks ov(...)

Simon Coveney said the Irish beef industry is already very engaged on the ground in China Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says China is likely to be a bigger market for Irish beef exports than the US.He also expects beef producers h(...)

Kevin St Garda station, Dublin 8: the building is on the site of a medieval palace in one of Dublin’s most historic quarters. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In 2014, 21 Garda Stations were sold or sale agreed by the Office of Public Works (OPW), taking in more than €1,800,000 in total. Sixteen were assi(...)

Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Wednesday. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in the bombing close to the presidential palace. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

President Barack Obama has decided to slow down the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 military personnel into next year, nearly(...)

Employees work at the third factory of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile company, after its inauguration ceremony, in Wuhan. Photograph: Reuters

Activity in China’s factory sector dipped to a 11-month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in (...)

The Irish Times five-a-side team during 2014: back row: Greg Christodoulu, Carl O’Malley, Damian Cullen, Brian Blake, Martin Doyle, Tony Owens, Dave McKechnie, Brian Morrissey, Neil Reid and Damien Bates. Front: Shay Kenny, Fran Walsh, Emmet Malone, Laurence Mackin and Malachy Clerkin.

I once kicked a former professional football player so hard he threatened to throw up on me. It’s not a praiseworthy claim to fame, but it’s the be(...)

Financial centre: Dublin still plays host to a huge funds industry, with the value of Irish-domiciled funds put at €1.3 trillion. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s standing as a global financial hub enjoyed something of a bounce in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The city jumped 18 pla(...)

Paying tribute at a Singapore community club yesterday following the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Photograph: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Tributes were paid by world leaders yesterday to Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who led the city state for more than three decades, follo(...)