Chinese journalist Gao Yu has suffered heart problems during her detention and her lawyer suggested she could be released on medical parole. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

In a case that has been condemned by human rights defenders, a Beijing court has upheld a guilty verdict meted out to an elderly Chinese journalist fo(...)

Architect Kunlé Adayemi: his design addresses urbanisation and environment issues

When architect Kunlé Adeyemi designed a floating school in Lagos, Nigeria – which captured global attention – it was a sort of homecoming for h(...)

British chancellor George Osborne’s fancy fiscal footwork in the Autumn Statement restored as the clear favourite to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

With its double policy U-turn, fancy fiscal footwork, and political pirouettes, George Osborne’s autumn statement and spending review was a virtuoso d(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: has launched a major crackdown on official corruption Photograph:  Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

China’s anti-corruption campaign spread its net ever wider with the naming and shaming of eight university officials for buying “fancy cars” and attem(...)

Andrew Graydon: ‘I will be an Irishman who studied English in the US teaching children in China. I’m putting myself in a position to be lost again.’

In August 2008 on the advice of my ma, and lent redundancy money of my da, I travelled to Durango, Colorado, where I had been accepted to study at (...)

Liu Yiqian, a billionaire industrialist and art collector. ‘The message to the West is clear: We have bought their buildings, we have bought their companies, and now we are going to buy their art.’ Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Even as the cost of his quarry pulled away from the $100 (€93) million mark, Liu Yiqian remained calm. “I was on the phone with a girl from Christie’s(...)

China’s outbound direct investment to Africa totalled €1.12 billion in the first half of this year

One casualty of slower growth in China has been the country’s trade with Africa. During the boom years, China frantically courted African nations to g(...)

A woman looks at handbags on sale at a shop in Beijing:  Growth in China’s industrial production, a measure of output at factories, workshops and mines, fell to a six-month low in October. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

There have been a number of bearish reports on the outlook for China’s economy of late, mostly focusing on slowing economic growth and the prospects f(...)

CRH gained 1.07%  to close at €27.39 after more than 880,000 of its shares changed hands in Dublin

European stocks declined as commodity producers slid on a stronger dollar, with healthcare and leisure-related shares also falling. DUBLIN Index hea(...)

Dragon Oil is in talks over a $10 billion (€9.4 billion) investment for a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to India

Irish-registered exploration firm Dragon Oil is in talks to invest in a $10 billion pipeline to deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to India, a pote(...)