An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) from  July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) surrounded by  soldiers as he tours a front-line military detachment in the East Sea, North Korea.

North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the US into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment and warned of “serious” conseq(...)

US officials are expected to formally identify North Korea as being behind  the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

US president Barack Obama said Sony made a mistake in cancelling the release of its film The Interview under threat make by hackers in North Korea. “W(...)

Copenhagen, Denmark. The country is number one on Forbes list.

Ireland has slipped from first to fourth in Forbes’ annual rankings of the best country in the world to do business. Denmark takes the number one slot(...)

Officers from Revenue’s customs service seized over 20,000 counterfeit stuffed toys based on movie characters at Dublin port. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Officers from Revenue’s customs service have seized a consignment of over 20,000 counterfeit stuffed Frozen toys, estimated to be worth up to €600,000(...)

  The Carrefour deal marks  Abilio  Diniz’s return to retailing and closer ties with the Carrefour group, in which he has built a stake of a little under 3 per cent. Photograph: Christoiphe Ena/AP

Carrefour has sold a 10 per cent stake in its Brazilian business to billionaire Abilio Diniz (77), in a first step towards a possible separate listing(...)

Barack Obama’s  policy shift on Cuba shows a more determined leader who is working through his promised agenda before his term ends. Photograph: Pete Souza/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s decision to radically shift US policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from th(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

The sudden shift in US policy toward Cuba represents the decline of a previously unquestioned conviction – that beneath the calm surface of Cuban soci(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.

IDA Ireland has been expanding its overseas offices, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said.“Although IDA Ireland does (...)

American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said the US has chosen to “cut loose the shackles of the past” by normalising relations with Cuba and re-opening economic ties(...)

A worker collecting a crude oil sample. The oil price slide from $115 a barrel six months ago has come amid relentless US shale oil production and output from Opec countries that has exceeded targets

Oil’s fall below $60 a barrel to five-and-a-half year lows gathered pace on Tuesday after data showed Chinese factory activity had weakened. ICE Janua(...)