Manufacturing  was down again in China in July, the fifth month in a row of contraction in the sector.  Photograph:  Natalie Behring/Reuters

China’s factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell, dashing hopes that the(...)

Former Labour MP Chris Mullin saidJeremy Corbyn, who is currently leading the contest, is a close friend of his but he very much doubted that he would be able to lead Labour back into power if he is chosen at the party’s leader. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

None of the candidates contesting the leadership of the British Labour Party is electable as prime minister and the party may be facing into a long pe(...)

HSBC said profit growth was driven by an investing frenzy in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

HSBC Holdings beat expectations with a 10 per cent rise in first-half profit thanks to a strong performance in Hong Kong and has agreed a $5.2 billion(...)

Migrants walk near the Eurotunnel rail terminal in Coquelles near the northern French port of Calais. The European Union is offering funds and aid to help France cope with growing numbers. Photograph:  Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images.

The European Union is offering funds and aid to help France cope with growing numbers of migrants near the northern city of Calais. It comes as thousa(...)

Permanent TSB mismanaged nearly 1,400 mortgage accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bank does itself permanent damage over tracker fiasco Last week, Permanent TSB made headlines after an enforcement investigation by the Central (...)

Migrants who were blocking the Eurotunnel ramp for trucks  are pushed back by policemen at Coquelles near Calais. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Britain and France have urged other EU states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to mak(...)

Jim Roche re-enacting the graveside oration of Padraig Pearse, at the Centenary Commemoration of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa at Glasnevin cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:05

Thousands of people have attended the commemoration of the funeral of revolutionary Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery. Bright s(...)

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(...)

Chef John Wyer in the kitchen at Forest Avenue. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Restaurant owners spent the recession years trying to attract customers. Now they have an additional problem: a shortage of chefs has reached “crisis (...)

A fire  started by striking French ferry workers caused further delays to traffic on the French side. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron has pledged additional resources to deal with the migrant crisis at Calais, but warned that disruptions to trav(...)