Traders shout out their orders as they work in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The FTSE 100 Index slumped more than 100 points on Wednesday, wiping more than £30 billion off the combined value of blue-chip firms, after a volatile(...)

A dragon head in Beijing, China. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Global markets may be blaming their jitters on the economic slowdown in China, but in the streets of Shanghai and Beijing there are few signs of panic(...)

An investor monitors stock data at a securities brokerage house in Beijing. Photograph: EPA

European stocks fell sharply at the open on Monday, wiping hundreds of billions of euro off the region’s top share index, which hit a seven-month l(...)

 China’s president Xi Jinping visited Croke Park two years ago: the Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum was announced at the stadium the day after Kerry beat Kildare in the GAA Championship. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

It was timely that the announcement of this year’s Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum, which takes place in Shanghai in October, should be announced in(...)

Children at Chongshan primary school in southern China’s Guangxi. One head teacher told the BBC website that Chinese teaching methods were on a collision course with teenage British culture and values. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

No talking. No questions. Study hard. Obey teacher. Secondary school kicks off with morning exercises at 7am and ends with a trudge homewards at 7pm f(...)

China’s main share markets have lost about 30 per cent of their value since the middle of June. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

While the headlines celebrated Beijing winning the bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022, there was grimmer news again from China’s bourses as the r(...)

 The financial district of Pudong in Shanghai: officials from the city travelled to Ireland as part of China’s Senior Officials Training Programme. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The current crackdown on extravagance and corruption has made overseas travel for government officials in China a lot more difficult than it used to b(...)

 Mary Robinson with Trócaire volunteer Daniel Cullen  at Maynooth University in June for a two-day conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), approved over the past two years by 195 governments, including Ir(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

An investor walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

China stocks ended lower in a volatile session on Tuesday, even as Beijing pledged to lend further support after stocks sank 8 per cent in the previo(...)