Chinese tourists: the country’s outbound tourist numbers are up 20 per cent. Photograph: EPA/WU HONG

China’s Travel & Leisure magazine, a bilingual publication with 550,000 circulation, has named Ireland “best travel destination” in the world at a(...)

Singapore Open swing: Singapore’s population is about 5.4 million, its landmass is only about 1 per cent of Ireland’s and its GDP per capita in 2013 was $55,000, ahead of our $50,000. Photograph: Paul Lakatos/AFP/Getty Images

You’re a start-up executive and have opened your company in the heart of a strong start-up community. You want to network with other executives, and f(...)

Chinese children in Beijing wait for their train to set off  to their home town for the spring festival, or lunar new year. The auspicious Year of the Monkey begins on February 8th. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

It’s spring festival in China, and the country resounds with firecrackers as people noisily celebrate the start of the Year of the Monkey, always an a(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a long-range rocket launch in North Korea on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

There was a chorus of condemnation after North Korea defied international sanctions to launch a long-range rocket carrying what it said was a satellit(...)

 Shane Lowry tees off during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2016 Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Shane Lowry’s quest for a second career PGA Tour title nosedived in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale as the Offalyma(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Honda is to recall 5.7 million cars worldwide in the latest round of recalls involving Takata Corp air bag inflators which can explode and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle

Honda is to recall 5.7 million cars worldwide - and an estimated 5,300 in Ireland - in the latest round of recalls involving Takata Corp air bag infla(...)

Volcanic lightning at an eruption of Mount Sakurajima, in this photo taken from Tarumizu city, Kagoshima prefecture, in southwestern Japan. The peak experiences hundreds of small eruptions a year. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

A volcano in Japan about 50km from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but the(...)

My latest fascination has been Camellia sasanqua cultivars. The flowers appear in autumn, the plants are much more elegant in habit than their spring-flowering counterparts, Camellia japonica, and have sweet scented flowers.

Unlike some gardeners I know, I’m not a plant collector. Nor do I ever expect to be, for I lack the single mindedness and the ever-so-slightly obsess(...)

Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit is deployed in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s possible launch of ballistic missile. Asian powers including Japan and South Korea have expressed concern over the mooted launch of what the North described as a satellite. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA.

News of North Korean plans to launch a satellite and rocket have been met with concern by regional neighbours Japan, South Korea and even ally China.(...)