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 foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

Malaysia’s attorney-general cleared prime minister Najib Razak of any criminal offences or corruption on Tuesday, closing investigations into a murky multi-million-dollar funding scandal that his opponents had hoped would bring him down. Photograph: EPA/STR

Malaysia’s attorney-general cleared prime minister Najib Razak of any criminal offences or corruption on Tuesday, closing investigations into a murky (...)

 Andy Sullivan and Shane Lowry of Team Europe: “The whole experience of playing in the EurAsia Cup has whetted my appetite for the year ahead and on trying to make the team for the Ryder Cup.”  Photo:  Arep Kulal/Getty Images

I locked the clubs away for the winter, four weeks in the club glove bag with no desire at all to unzip them. But, once I did, it was with a renewed a(...)

Members of Team Europe with their trophy after winning the Eurasia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia. Photograph: Joshua Paul/AFP

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke secured an encouraging first triumph as skipper on Sunday as his side romped to a blowout 18 1/2 - 5 1/2 vict(...)

Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. (...)

 Darren Clarke, Team Europe captain,  during the practice round ahead of the Eurasia Cup 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo:  Arep Kulal/Getty Images

When Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were making grand plans for 2016, it can surely be assumed that the Eurasia Cup didn’t feature highly in their thou(...)

Somewhere deep in the Bornean jungle a cicada emits a noise akin to an ambulance siren. It is shortly before 6am. The guides say the animal sounds of(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

An Iraqi man holds a portrait of Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authorities in Baghdad on Sunday. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr could escalate tensions in the Muslim world even further. In the Shia theocracy Iran, the(...)