The bank’s management admitted that standards were not as they should have been in HSBC Geneva, but claiming that new management is working to improve the culture in the Swiss bank. 2:03

A huge cache of secret files from the Swiss branch of one of the world’s largest banks includes Irish people who made tax settlements with the Revenue(...)

Ricky Simms, director of PACE Sports Management, Monaco, and agent to track and field stars, including Usain Bolt

When the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, decides he wants to buy a new car, take a holiday or even just have a night on the tiles, there’s one (...)

Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic: the reality of financial fair play has kicked in for his team.  Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The study of the market in 2014 showed that despite the introduction of Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) rules, the booming broadcast market and growi(...)

  Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona has suggested he may not be at the club next year. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Lionel Messi has alerted Manchester United to his potential availability by casting doubt over his future at Barcelona, with the Argentina forward (...)

The High Court was told that Irish internet company SkillPages, which is for sale, has built up a network of 25 million registered users in more than 160 countries.  Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall

An Irish internet company linking skilled service providers with consumers has built up a network of 25 million registered users in more than 160 cou(...)

Angela Merkel: “I am no judge or criminal investigator, I can only rule out that the federal government has ever made laws that insinuate that anything like that can be done.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her government has never acted in a way that would encourage tax optimisation by companies operating in Germany(...)

 Lewis Hamilton celebrates becoming World Champion after victory in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Photograph:  David Davies/Pa

Lewis Hamilton believes signing a new contract with Mercedes will be “a formality” after clinching his second Formula One world title.Mercedes motorsp(...)

A two-cornered hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at an auction near Paris today. The famous item was offered during the ‘Napoleonic Collection of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco’. Photograph: Bury Michel/Osenat Auction House/EPA.

A two-cornered hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at an auction near Paris tod(...)

The Wonderland sculpture by Jaume Plensa, outside the Bow Tower in Calgary. Photographs: Colin Way/New York Times

Embracing one’s inner carnivore is not an unusual thing to do in a city nicknamed “Cowtown”, but this was not your usual steak. It was pig-head mor(...)

Cyprus  has extensive bike trails all over the island and hiking routes in the Troodos mountains. Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m looking for suggestions for a honeymoon, preferably in Europe. Nice beaches, with activities such as scuba diving, hill-walking and cycling wou(...)