Smoke billows from a coking factory in Hefei, Anhui province in China. In China, burning coal was the biggest contributor to air pollution. This alone was responsible for around 366,000 Chinese deaths in 2013. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people each year, new research has shown. Most of the deaths occur in China and India, two of the world’s f(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond: said information indicated Lee Po had been involuntarily removed to mainland China without due process under Hong Kong law. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond has said a British citizen who sold gossipy and controversial books about the Chinese leadership had most li(...)

China’s economic growth fell to 6.9 per cent for 2015, the slowest rate in 25 years

Kyle Bass, the American hedge fund manager who correctly called the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, believes China is heading for financial chaos becau(...)

Germany’s economic upswing is key for the continuation of the euro-area recovery amid slower global growth.

Germany’s economy sustained its momentum at the end of 2015, showing resilience amid an emerging market slowdown that’s heightened concerns about glob(...)

In a worrying sign that Europe’s debt problems could reappear, the Portuguese 10-year bond yield surged above 4 per cent for the first time since 2014.

Asian shares fell for a sixth straight session on Friday as concerns about the health of European banks further threatened a global economy already un(...)

A trader on the NYSE. The main worry is another recession. All we know is that a slowdown is certain but what is utterly unknown is how many months or years that calamity lies in the future. It has become a cliché to repeat Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson’s joke that markets predict nine out of five recessions.

Commentators are scrambling to provide explanations for market turmoil. They should be put out of their misery: nobody know’s what is driving the late(...)

The EU report says online selling may have the capacity to reduce the harm caused by drugs as the quality may be better and they are less prone to contamination

Online drug dealing has the capacity to reduce harm for users due to the higher quality of substances sold and less violence associated with criminal (...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has been nominated to a second term

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has been nominated to a second term, setting in train her unopposed re-appointment. M(...)

As part of the friendship series running in The Irish Times this week, we asked Generation Emigration readers to submit their friendship stories. Bel(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin. The head of  the state-controlled oil company told an energy conference  the world’s top producers would not give ground. Photograph: Reuters

The most powerful figure in Russia’s oil industry yesterday signalled his steadfast opposition to combining with Opec to reverse the crude price rout (...)