Gary McGann, chief executive officer, Smurfit Kappa Group, said that the group’s 2014 performance is “strong evidence of the resilience of our integrated and geographically diverse business model”.   (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Smurfit Kappa Group, the paper and packaging giant, is eyeing further expansion through buyouts in Europe and Latin America. Ian Curley, the chief fin(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney at the Baileys production facility on the Nangor Road, Dublin, to announce the partnership between Baileys and Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography 2:03

A new €600,000 partnership has been announced by cream liqueur manufacturer Baileys and Enterprise Ireland. Announcing the details at the Baileys prod(...)

The director of the North America Department of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, Cuban Josefina Vidal (right), and members of her delegation participate in the first day of closed-door talks between Cuba and the United States, at the Convention Palace in Havana on January 21st, 2015. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and Cuba on Wednesday clashed over immigration policy at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties be(...)

Of the 15 elector (under 80 years of age) cardinals named by Pope Francis, 10 hail from Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America

The new cardinals nominated by Pope Francis yet again reflect one of the major thrusts of his pontificate – that of a move out to the periphery of (...)

An anti-Castro Cuban exile in Florida holds a Cuban flag during a protest after the announcement of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

There is certain to have been a degree of ambivalence, albeit largely unstated, in Moscow over the announcement that President Obama is restoring d(...)

The Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal delivering a speech during the opening of the  20th United Nations Climate Change Conference at Lima, Peru, this month. Photograph: Paolo Aguilar

Frantic negotiations to salvage the UN’s 20th climate conference are running right up to the wire after an earnest plea to negotiators by its presi(...)

Pope Francis says he intends to travel to Africa once and to Latin America three times next year. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has said he would like to “open the doors” to the divorced and remarried, saying they must be “integrated” into Church life.“In the case (...)

The late Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado (above) was to have flown to London this week to compete in the Miss World pageant - the high point of her reign. Photograph: EPA/STR 2:24

A man has told police he killed Miss Honduras and her sister in a jealous rage because the latter, his girlfriend, danced with another man.The bodies(...)

People walk past the logo of Italy’s biggest utility Enel at their Rome headquarters

Enel, Italy’s largest utility, is pushing ahead with domestic natural gas exploration as local output is seen meeting 20 per cent of demand at a price(...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)