Liu Yiqian, a billionaire industrialist and art collector. ‘The message to the West is clear: We have bought their buildings, we have bought their companies, and now we are going to buy their art.’ Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Even as the cost of his quarry pulled away from the $100 (€93) million mark, Liu Yiqian remained calm. “I was on the phone with a girl from Christie’s(...)

Superbugs thought to have spread from animals have smashed through the last line in antibiotic defences and now pose a global threat, scientists say. (...)

A  man blocks a line of tanks  after Chinese forces crushed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP

China will commemorate the centenary of the birth of the liberal Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen pro-demo(...)

Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi: Russia has been hit by sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine while India has not performed as brightly as expected. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

So farewell to the Brics. Well, to be more accurate, we can say goodbye to the Goldman Sachs fund named for the handy acronym penned by its then chief(...)

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting was inspired by a comic book image

A new world auction record price for the American “pop art” painter Roy Lichtenstein was achieved at Christie’s in New York on Monday when his 1964 pa(...)

What a chilling and abrupt landing it is for some of our Irish Walker Cup heroes who were riding high a couple of months ago?  Photo: David Cannon/Getty

I am getting a much clearer picture now, as winter struggles to settle in well into November, about why so many good golfers have chosen different (...)

A  woman wearing a mask is reflected in a glass panel on a smoggy day in Beijing on Wednesday.  Beijing’s environmental protection bureau warned of poor air quality that could continue in the coming days. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

China has issued 155 coal-fired power plants, generally blamed as one of the chief reasons for the country’s dire pollution problems, environmental pe(...)

Dundalk’s Richie Towell celebrates with the FAI Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • November 9, 2015, 08:20

Soccer John O’Shea may still play for Ireland in Monday’s Euro 2016 play-off second leg with Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite Sunderland Sam All(...)

 Jordan Spieth  with his caddie Michael Greller during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan GC in Shanghai, China. Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth’s use of collective rather than individual terminology when analysing his success is endearing. The 22-year-old’s delight was therefore (...)

Jordan Spieth of the United States gestures during the Pro Am event prior to the start of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

When he arrived in Shanghai, Jordan Spieth needed only to stand at a baggage carousel for the latest reminder of how 12 months can shape a sporting s(...)