Paper tiger money: there is a plausible, if not universally accepted, understanding that China’s growth is overstated by official statistics and may be as low as 4 per cent.  Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Is a global economic recession likely? If so, what might trigger it? Willem Buiter, Citi’s chief economist and the Financial Times’ erstwhile Mavereco(...)

Robbie Keane’s five goals in two matches against Gibraltar have enabled him win back top scorer slot in  history of European qualification matches from Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Andrea Pirlo was one of the classiest midfield playmakers in Europe for more than a decade, but it turns out that doesn’t count for much in Major L(...)

 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 currency exchange booth in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey is considered by many analysts to be a fragile emerging market, vulnerable to external shocks. Photograph: EPA

The rout in emerging-nation assets has spread, as stocks tumbled around the world and demand for havens spiked on intensifying concern that global gro(...)

A man  walks past a board showing currency exchange rates in Almaty, Kazakhstan on  August 20th Photograph: Reuters

Kazakhstan relinquished control of its exchange rate in the latest sign emerging nations will stop defending their currencies after China roiled globa(...)

A client counts Vietnamese dong banknotes at a bank in Vinh Yen city, Vietnam, yesterday – Vietnam devalued the dong for the third time this year. Photograph: Kham/Reuters

Kazakhstan and Vietnam allowed their currencies to fall yesterday, fuelling expectations of further depreciations among emerging market countries that(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

‘The tulip lady’: Welsh-born writer and author Anna Pavord

Mention the Welsh-born writer and author Anna Pavord’s name to any book-loving gardener and almost inevitably they will say “Ahh, the tulip lady”. (...)

Among the leaked emails, files and digital records were four emails sent between members of the Defence Forces and employees of the company. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Emails sent between members of the Defence Forces and a company specialising in hacking and eavesdropping have been leaked online. A Defence Forces (...)

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is now the new record-holder for the single longest space flight by a woman, eclipsing Nasa’s Sunita William’s 195-day flight in 2006-2007. Photograph: EPA

A three-person crew from the International Space Station (ISS) has landed safely in Kazakhstan after a longer than expected orbital stint. Nasa(...)