Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Chinese New Year is a strange time in Hong Kong. Flat-bed trucks rattle along the streets bearing tangerine trees with little red envelopes stuffed wi(...)

A woman pushes a child with a suitcase at a railway station, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. According to UniGroup’s latest survey, twice as many people moved out of China last year than moved in. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rising living costs and foul pollution in China are starting to translate into falling numbers of expatriates choosing to live there, despite the endu(...)

Shane Lowry: posted an impressive seventh-place finish in his first appearance of the new season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. Photo: Todd Warshaw/Getty

No dillydallying from Shane Lowry, who – on his first appearance of the season – hit the ground running in the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego. (...)

Ireland men’s hockey team are hoping to bridge a 67-year gap and be the first to qualify for the Olympic Games in a team sport since the soccer team did in 1948. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The Irish men’s team, who are currently in South Africa preparing for the first of their Olympic qualifiers are ranked 15th in the world, while the I(...)

A relative of a passenger of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 talks to journalists after the Department of Civil Aviation declared the disappearance of the flight an “accident”. Photograph: Photostr/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an “accident”, its Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said on Thursday.The B(...)

Dr Wajiha Zia of University Hospital Waterford at the Overseas Medics of Ireland meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s reliance on international medical graduates is among the highest of the OECD countries: 34 per cent of doctors working in Ireland were tr(...)

Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms.

A €547 million London property deal struck by Seán Mulryan’s Ballymore Properties has moved the group closer to exiting the National Asset Management (...)

A Muslim protester holds a placard reading “Islam” and another one holds one reading “For peace and against terrorism” during a demonstration outside Atocha Station in Madrid against the recent Paris Charlie Hebdo attacks . Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Imagine an attempt to ban the veneration of the Prophet Muhammad. Go further and imagine a plan to level his tomb in Medina, the second holiest sit(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending this week’s cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem. Photograph: Reuters

As he desperately searches for an agenda on which to fight the March election, the rapidly-deteriorating diplomatic battle with the Palestinians may b(...)

Indonesian military personnel carry caskets containing the recovered remains of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501. Officials say they are confident two big objects detected on the sea bed are parts of the missing plane. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

A multinational team searching for a missing AirAsia passenger jet found another large underwater object believed to be part of the plane, but persist(...)