Hannah Hamill, Ruth Spence and Joanna McCreery, at Envoy of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Best fashion store Envoy of Belfast Tucked away behind City Hall, this outstanding small boutique has a discerning following for its judicious mix (...)

Joanne O’Riordan (19) from Millstreet, Co Cork, with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Áras an Uachtarain in 2014.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenager Joanne O’Riordan has been awarded the prestigious Junior Chamber International (JCI) Outstanding Young Person of the Year award. Ms O’Riorda(...)

South of Nagasaki City the town of Unzen sits in a bowl of steaming, gurgling volcanic hills. It began as a Buddhist complex in the 8th century whe(...)

  Traders shout out their orders as they work in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The FTSE 100 Index slumped more than 100 points on Wednesday, wiping more than £30 billion off the combined value of blue-chip firms, after a volatile(...)

A man walks past an advertisement promoting yuan,  dollar and euro exchange services in Hong Kong.

Raising interest rates is always harder than cutting them. When investors are bleeding and workers fear the chop, promises of cheap money sound like t(...)

 Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Returning home from dinner on the bus last Saturday night, we were halted at the Dongzhimen intersection in downtown Beijing to make way for scores of(...)

 A Chinese investor monitors stock data on an electronic board at a securities brokerage house in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Volatility continued to jolt financial markets after a rebound that took the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index up 2.9 per cent melted away in the fin(...)

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside the Erawana shrine in central Bangkok

The bomb that devastated the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok recently can be expected to have an effect on an economy previously seen as almost invu(...)

Filipino residents wade through floodwater in Bacoor city, south of Manila. Photograph: EPA

At least 10 people have died and 5,000 more have fled their homes after Typhoon Goni lashed the northern Philippines. Pounding rain and winds set off(...)

“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)