HSBC said profit growth was driven by an investing frenzy in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

HSBC Holdings beat expectations with a 10 per cent rise in first-half profit thanks to a strong performance in Hong Kong and has agreed a $5.2 billion(...)

A Petrobas drilling platform in Guanabara Bay:  the company has invited rivals to bid for stakes in some of its most promising offshore oil finds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Just a few years ago Brazil’s Petrobras had ambitions to overtake Exxon Mobile as the world’s largest listed oil company. But missed production target(...)

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global sales for the first half of 2015, threatening to end the Japanese group’s three-year reign as the world’s top-selling carmaker.

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global sales for the first half of 2015, threatening to end the Japanese group’s three-year reign as the world’s top-sel(...)

Summer is the season for picnics with punnets of strawberries, BBQs with fresh fruit side salads and chins streaked with watermelon juice. Most(...)

Martin O’Neill has said he is pleased with ireland’s World Cup 2018 qualification group. Photograph: Reuters

Though dutifully respectful to top seeds Wales, Martin O’Neill admitted in the aftermath of this afternoon’s World Cup draw that he was worried midway(...)

Financing sustainable development ... the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, this week. Photograph: EPA/Solan Kolli

The United Nations (UN) Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, which concluded yesterday, was supposed to plot a path for developing cou(...)

It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 25,000 undocumented people living in Ireland, including children. Photograph: Eric Luke

A majority of the Irish public is in favour of allowing undocumented migrants the right to live and work here legally, according to a poll commission(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin gestures to Chinese president Xi Jinping as other heads of state look on during the Brics/SCO summits in Ufa. Photograph: Ria Novosti/Getty Images

As Europe focused on Greece’s travails, leaders of the so-called Brics nations launched ambitious financial projects that could, in time, come to offe(...)

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: has vowed a “tooth and nail” defence of her mandate, accusing her opponents of “coup mongering”. But popular support for her has drained away. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/EPA/Pool

Nobody should mistake the recent calm of the Brazilian streets since anti-government agitation petered out for evidence that Dilma Rousseff has seen o(...)

Demonstrators in Dublin  supporting the ‘undocumented’ in Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:42

Department of Justice officials are considering a proposal aimed at regularising the status of up to 20,000 undocumented migrants living and working i(...)