Tom Connolly: “There is a heightened sense of care, warmth and genuine interest in the customer here that I believe Europe could learn a lot from.”

Tom Connolly’s international career began on Westmoreland Street in Dublin in the spring of 1995, when the graduate trainee at the Burlington Hotel pi(...)

A protester wearing a mask of missing bookseller Lee Bo sits in a cage during a protest against the disappearances of booksellers in Hong Kong, on January 10th. Photograph:  Vincent Yu/AP

China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday its law enforcement officials would never do anything illegal, especially not overseas, after the United Sta(...)

George Soros: famously broke the Bank of England.  Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

The Red Fire Monkey is supposed to be an very lucky year in the Chinese zodiac, but slowing economic growth in China means that investors and consumer(...)

The opening of a new consulate in Hong Kong in 2015 saw “rental allowance” costs soar there from €29,080 to €295,062. Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Bloomberg

Spiralling rents in New York City have forced the Department of Foreign Affairs to increase by more than one-third the rent allowance it pays to its (...)

Fianna Fáil enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary told the Ibec business debate political parties are not debating the serious effects a Brexit could have on Ireland.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Irish political system is not adequately debating the potential consequences of a British exit from the European Union, an election debate for bus(...)

George Soros speaks in an interview at the World Economic Forum  in Davos, Switzerland last week. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

George Soros, the man who famously broke the pound, has been warned off going to “war on the renminbi” by ­Beijing, as China’s authorities again ­con(...)

Malaysia’s attorney-general cleared prime minister Najib Razak of any criminal offences or corruption on Tuesday, closing investigations into a murky multi-million-dollar funding scandal that his opponents had hoped would bring him down. Photograph: EPA/STR

Malaysia’s attorney-general cleared prime minister Najib Razak of any criminal offences or corruption on Tuesday, closing investigations into a murky (...)

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (left) and his associate Gui Minhai (right)  outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, who vanished last month and was believed to have been taken across the border by Chinese security off(...)

A mother and daughter play in snow on a tea plantation in the Pinglin mountain area of New Taipei City, Taiwan on  Monday. An unusually cold weather front that caused sudden drops in temperatures has been blamed for killing more than 50 people in Taiwan. Photograph: Wally Santana/AP.

Unusually cold weather in eastern Asia has been blamed for up to 85 deaths, disrupting transportation and bringing the first snow to a subtropical cit(...)

Pedestrians walk past a share prices board showing the numbers from various world stock markets in Tokyo

European equities rose sharply on Friday, adding to gains made in the previous session on European Central Bank stimulus hints, with bouncing commodit(...)