‘The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs,” Charles de Gaulle once opined. And now science suggests he might have had good rea(...)

European Union (EU) flags fly outside the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt.  Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Consumer prices in the euro zone rose for the second straight month in March, not enough to pull annual inflation out of negative territory but anothe(...)

Cambridge professor John MacBeath has voiced his support for the Government’s new school self-evaluation process, saying it will help to strengthen schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Plans to have schools carry out regular self-evaluations will help to strengthen the teaching profession in Ireland, according to an international exp(...)

Marzieh Afkham, who is the country’s first foreign ministry spokeswoman, is to head a mission in east Asia

Iran is set to appoint its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, marking a breakthrough for women in government under the moderat(...)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde   shakes hands with Shakila Luqman, a member of the Pakistani National Assembly, as she poses for photos with attendees during the 2015 Global Parliamentary Conference at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington.

The IMF has kept its global growth forecasts unchanged, but warned that the economic recovery remains “moderate and uneven,” beset by greater uncertai(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)

A spokesman for Sharp said the company is considering various options for its LCD business and hasn’t yet made any decisions. Photograph: Getty

Electronics firm Sharp plans to ask Japan’s public-private investment fund to back a spin-off of some of its liquid crystal display business.The Osaka(...)

A trader looks at his screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Asian shares gained while currencies moved in familiar ranges in thin trading ahead of the Easter weekend, as investors awaited the release of key US(...)

The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian regularly admits to being haunted by the idea of becoming irrelevant.Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Is Ireland’s humble ready-meal about to get a French makeover? Swiss-Irish food giant Aryzta is in talks to buy a 49 per cent stake in the French food(...)