German and Brazilian fans pose  with a replica of the World Cup trophy at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The World Cup has been a fantastic competition, full of drama and excitement, but it has given casino operators in the world’s biggest gambling hub, M(...)

A voter carries her dog as she joins others lining up outside a polling station during an unofficial referendum in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

More than 668,000 Hong Kong people have voted after the third day of a democracy poll that China says is illegal, dwarfing the most optimistic forecas(...)

Buildings under construction in  Shenzhen: the city is one of China’s fastest growing. Photograph: Alex Lee/Reuters

If you were to name a capital city of China’s economic boom, it would be Shenzhen. In 1979, Chinese supreme leader Deng Xiaoping proclai(...)

Bank of Ireland was among the biggest winners on the Iseq yesterday,adding 5.52 per cent to 32 cent Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

World equity markets added to recent gains yesterday, as Wall Street hit a record high after strong factory data, while soft m(...)

John Boyle opened his first shop on Market Hill in Co Armagh, which had a population of 2,000, in 1982 with a £6,000 loan from his father. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bookmakers have to wait a day longer than everybody else for Christmas. However, it is often worth the wait. On St Stephen’s Day there were three race(...)

Shanghai teenagers put the rest of the world to shame when it comes to reading, maths and science, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperat(...)

 Tiger Woods  promotes the Turkish Airlines Open  on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul.November 5, 2013. Woods is in Turkey to attend the tournament, which will take place in Antalya, southern Turkey, between November 7 to 10. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Tiger Woods reiterated yesterday that he has no intention of taking out membership of the PGA European Tour, although the world number one would have (...)

A member of the Garda National Drugs Unit looks at some of the 1,800 cannabis plants seized in Tralee, Co Kerry,  last month. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Asian immigrants, many claiming trafficking or exploitation, make up 75 per cent of those going to prison for large scale cannabis cultivation in Irel(...)

Timothy Bradley Jr. taunts  Juan Manuel Marquez  during their title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Timothy Bradley retained his WBO world welterweight title with a split decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas that left the Mexican fu(...)

Passage - Project Another Country by Alfredo abd Isabel Aquilizan, one of the winners in the Multitude Art Prize

Hong Kong-based Irish entrepreneur Bill Condon has just launched the inaugural edition of the Multitude Art Prize, a pan-Asian award featuring (...)