he Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere, scientists have said.  Photograph: Getty

The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from aro(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: “He is like a ferocious wolf pretending to be a benevolent sheep,” said North Korea’s National Defence Commission. Photograph: EPA/Jason Reed

North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission launched a remarkable tirade against US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday, describing him as (...)

A born optimist

  A born optimist Like other Limerick families, we spent our annual holidays in Kilkee, Co Clare. This photograph was taken in the sum(...)

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Light, as part of a major crackdown, state media has reported. Photograph: Getty

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Lightning, as part of (...)

BHP’s demerger plans, unveiled yesterday by Andrew Mackenzie, underscore the changing mood in mining over the past 18 months. Photograph: Bloomberg

BHP Billiton, the world’s most valuable miner, is to break itself up via a stock market spin-off, signalling an end to years of deals and expansion dr(...)

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital, which last month said it will buy $11.8 billion of planes from Airbus Group in the largest single-aisle aircraft order ever placed by a leasing company, is understood to have emerged as a bidder for Awas’ aviation assets. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital and Hong Kong Aviation Capital are understood to have joined the bidding for aircraft assets being sold by (...)

A combination of file photographs show Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan (L) arriv and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko. Jaycee Chan, son of martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing in connection with possible drug use. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Steven Chen/Reuters.

Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan’s actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges.The 31-year-old is the latest high(...)

Sky high:  workers have just topped off the Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second-largest skyscraper.  Photograph: Reuters

Clifford CoonanTaking a good, stand-back reading of the Chinese economy is always a difficult task, especially if one’s spectacles do not happen to be(...)

China quaffed more than 1.9 billion bottles of red wine last year.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

One of the offshoots of China’s economic rise has been a sharpening of the taste buds for red wine. According to the industry group Vinexpo, China is (...)