Honda’s first jet plane completed  its maiden flight today as the company seeks to boost its technological reputation. Photograph: Reuters.

Honda’s first jet plane made its maiden Japanese flight as the company seeks to boost its reputation for cutting-edge technology. The seven-seat aircr(...)

Central Japan Railway’s seven-car maglev - short for “magnetic levitation” - train returns to the station after setting a new world speed record. Photograph: AFP/Getty 1:02

A Japanese maglev which is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.Operator JR Central said the train reached 603km/h(...)

The latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey shows concerned investors are taking the Tina approach – there is no alternative – to stocks.In F(...)

A specialist trader works at a Virtu Financial booth on the floor of the New York Stock. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

An index of Asian shares slipped on Monday and Chinese stock markets erased earlier sharp gains made after China’s central bank boosted banks’ lending(...)

‘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 (...)