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(...)

Domhnal Slattery , CEO Avolon. The Dublin based aircraft leasing group is subject to a $2.6bn takeover offer. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

China’s Bohai Leasing has offered $31 a share to acquire 100 per cent of Avolon, valuing the Irish aircraft leasing group at $2.55 billion, a premium(...)

Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal on July 28th. Photograph: AFP

One migrant has died after hundreds of illegal migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais overnight, operator Eurotunnel said. The latest in(...)

Singapore: one of the 2016 Global Travel Price Outlook six hot spots for business. Photograph: EPA/Wallace Woon

Record quarter for top American airline carriers The four major American carriers are rubbing their hands with glee following a record -breaking secon(...)

London skyline: property in the city is among the most expensive in the world. Strong property law and looser restrictions on foreign buyers than some other international locations make it an attractive place to bury cash in assets that will hold their value. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA

Britain on Tuesday said it would clamp down on the use of “dirty money” to buy up expensive properties, promising to expose the owners of anonymous fo(...)

Jurys Hotel in Ballsbridge pictured in 2005. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Ulster Bank has chosen a consortium including Joe O’Reilly’s Chartered Land as the preferred bidder for the Ballsbridge hotel sites that were acqui(...)

US navy crewman points to a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US navy/Handout/Reuters

China is close to completing a 3,000m-long airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new (...)

 Indonesian rescuers and military personnels examine the wreckage of the crashed C-130 military airplane at the crash site in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Dedi Sahputra/EPA

Indonesia’s president promised a review of the country’s ageing air force fleet and a defence modernisation drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from(...)

Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia on Tuesday. Photograph: Irsan Mulyadi/Reuters/Antara Foto

More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia, i(...)

Mama Lou: If she had kept her job in human resources at Axa financial, it would have all been so different

  A joyful circus full of performers and artists told the story of her life in a funeral celebration set to the Rocky soundtrack, with a s(...)