Checking out Xiaomi phones in Beijing. photograph: gilles sabrie/the new york times

In China, the smartphone battle used to be Samsung versus Apple. But not anymore.Over the summer, a Chinese company, Xiaomi, took the No. 1 position i(...)

Consumer confidence is on the rise and Christmas sales this year look set to be at their highest level since 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish economy will significantly outperform the rest of Europe and grow by a “spectacular” 5.7 per cent this year, the employers’ group Ibec has (...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

US president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin and said that Mr Putin was presiding over “a huge economic contraction” due to the Ukraine crisis. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

US president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin and said that Mr Putin was presid(...)

Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

The American fight came when it was too late. Europe - under Paul McGinley’s captaincy - had outplayed the USA where it mattered, on the golf course, (...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Aer Lingus Christoph Mueller: potential option of 1.5 million  shares under long-term incentive deal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Outgoing Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller could cash in almost €3 million worth of share options if the airline is sold ahead of his depar(...)

This week’s European Council marked a changing of the guard, with the new president of the council, Donald Tusk, and of the European Commission, Jean-(...)

A triple crisis has assailed Russia this week. The rouble tumbled against the dollar on international exchanges, the price of oil – its major export –(...)

German consumer sentiment hit its highest level in eight years heading into January as shoppers expect Europe’s largest economy to gain momentum, a su(...)