US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/EPA

Negotiations between six world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme have been “tough and very serious” and the next few days will show whether T(...)

China’s infrastructure spend in the past few years has been immense and rail spending has been the cornerstone of much of the outlay. China had more t(...)

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao and US vice-president Joe Biden listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Relations with China need to be based on trust, US vice-president Joe Biden said as he emerged from a meeting with president Xi Jinping, with neither (...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (centre ) visits the Taishan nuclear power plant in southern China. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Getty Images

Chinese companies will be allowed to take a majority stake in new nuclear power stations in Britain, chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday.Mr (...)

Iraqis examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in AL-Mashtal district in Baghdad last Tuesday. Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

On March 19th, 2003, the United States, under President George W Bush, and with the support of Britain and a number of other states, led an inv(...)