‘It is possible to have too much finance. More importantly, significant economies are in this position, among them Japan and the US.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Is it possible to have too much finance? Harmed by the aftermath of financial crises, enraged by bailouts of financial institutions, irritated by t(...)

The Department of Agriculture said it was working with meat processors to gain re-entry into the US. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

Another Irish beef processor has been granted a US export licence amid reports of a disappointingly low level of trade so far. The Dawn Meats p(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton: said TTIP offered ‘massive opportunities’ for the Irish economy. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The opening up of the EU import market to large volumes of US beef poses one of the greatest threats to Irish agriculture in decades, the Irish Farme(...)

US president Barack Obama: executive orders would allow five million undocumented immigrants remain in the country. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama’s bid to make overhauling immigration policy a second-term victory was dealt a serious blow as federal judges ruled the effo(...)

Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag which they pulled down in Nibai, in Anbar province, today. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s Shia paramilitaries say they have taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operati(...)

A Chinese military helicopter flies off the deck of Singapore’s navy missile frigate during a joint exercise by the Singaporean and Chinese navies in the South China Sea yesterday. Photograph: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via AP

Amid ongoing regional tensions in the South China Sea, China’s cabinet, the State Council, has issued a policy document which expands the role of i(...)

Residents stand outside their homes as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila. Photograph: Ramiro Gomez/Reuters 1:25

A tornado has swept through a city on the US-Mexico border, killing at least 13 people.Rescue workers began digging through the rubble of damaged home(...)

Shell believes Arctic production can be competitive if the reserves it finds are large enough

Oil reserves that Royal Dutch Shell hopes to find in the Arctic are unlikely to be brought into production before the 2030s because of the difficulty (...)

Kerry Airport. It recorded a profit after tax of almost €19,000 in 2014, up from  €4,100 in 2013

Passenger numbers at Kerry Airport fell slightly in 2014, according to the regional airport’s results announced yesterday.More than 295,000 people us(...)

Bangkok: Some six million Chinese are expected to visit Thailand this year, compared with 4.6 million last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Last week, Asia Briefing reported how the billionaire boss of Chinese conglomerate Tiens had brought 6,400 employees to the south of France on holiday(...)