Despite the Heineken family’s  stance – it said it wanted to “preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company” – it could come under pressure from other shareholders not to reject a future approach so swiftly. Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Hird

With a history stretching back 150 years, Heineken describes itself as “a proud, independent global brewer”. SABMiller, its bigger British rival, w(...)

US president Barack Obama  had promised  to overhaul the immigration system by the end of the summer. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama has parked the possibility of taking executive action on the issue of US immigration reform fearing the effect on the Congress(...)

Photo shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico some 80 kilometers southeast of Venice, Louisiana

Oil giant BP bears the majority of responsibility among the companies involved in the worst US offshore oil spill, a federal judge has ruled, citing t(...)

  Radamel Falcao signed for Man Utd on a season long loan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Radamel Falcao finally sealed a £6m season-long loan move to Manchester United at 1.30am this morning, in the transfer window’s most eye-catching deal(...)

A Medical Council report has found that the proportion of younger graduates of Irish medical schools appears leaving the State is on the rise.

Emigration among younger doctors increased sharply last year, according to a Medical Council report.The finding of a 23 per cent increase in the “exit(...)

Much of the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been on the border with Russia, which Ukrainian government forces want to safeguard to prevent any influx of fighters and military hardware from Russia. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA 0:52

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk discussed possible Western alliance support for Ukraine’s d(...)

The players from Mexico and Northern Ireland square up in an Under-19 Milk Cup match at the Coleraine Showgrounds

Two vicious, mass brawls marred the U19 Milk Cup game between Northern Ireland and Mexico at the Coleraine Showgrounds on last night.Mexico’s Victor (...)

 Antonio Sanabria (right) of AS Roma passes the ball past Luke Shaw (Manchester United). Shaw has been told by Louis van Gaal to get fit. Photograph: Bob Pearson/Epa

Manchester United have had to devise a special training programme to get Luke Shaw in shape for the start of the season.Shaw had a fortnight off afte(...)

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Image of the week: Clown and out This sad clown is a Mexican circus performer who has taken time out from the ring to protest against a law in (...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff  with China’s president Xi Jinping at the sixth Brics summit in Fortaleza. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had some reason to be pleased with herself this week.Not only did she host on Monday a successful meeting of the lea(...)