Annie and Saoirse Power (both 9 months) from Kilkenny and Noah Connolly (14 months) from Waterford give lessons in feeding to Glanbia Ingredients Ireland chief executive Jim Bergin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan yesterday. Photograph: Jason Clarke

History is littered with case studies which make a compelling case for why politicians should steer clear of small children.Google ‘George W Bush and (...)

Aviva Ireland said on Thursday that while the company ended 2014 “in a good position”, it has more to do.

Financial services group Aviva Ireland continued to improve its performance in 2014, with operating profit across its three businesses up by 13 per c(...)

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert  covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute after he was injured in an attack by an armed assailant. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

North Korea has described a knife attack that left the US ambassador in Seoul with an 11cm-long facial wound as “just punishment” for joint US-South K(...)

Katie Taylor at the OCI promotion  ‘100 Days to Go’ marking a countdown the European Games. “It’s a huge occasion and I think that in years to come it will be massive for European athletes.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like an oversized hatchling, the European Games will, this summer, heave its competitors aside for elbow room. After that it will start to grow. That(...)

Japan’s crown prince Naruhito with his wife, crown princess Masako, and daughter Princess Aiko:  he said last week it was important to “look back humbly on the past” and “correctly” pass on the tragic experiences of history. Photograph: Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Reuters

Japan’s emperor famously renounced his divine status after the second World War, making him essentially a ceremonial figure. Yet, for many Japanese th(...)

Land Rover announced the Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London’s Cross-Rail project.

Land Rover tends not to do ’conventional’ car launches. For the launch of the original Range Rover Evoque, it proved that you can go off-roading in an(...)

Cameras are brandished by both sides as water charge protesters gather outside the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 0:49

The campaign against water charges has become the first popular protest in Ireland to make widespread use of social media – especially video channe(...)

Court found former beautician Law Wan-tung (44) guilty of abuse. Photograph: Reuters

A Hong Kong mother of two was jailed for six years for punching and torturing her domestic helpers, in a case that has shocked many in Hong Kong and (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

Lego’s sales rose to a record 28.6 billion Danish kroner (€3.8 billion) in 2014. Photograph: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg

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