Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, faces another term following this weekend’s election. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If there ever was any doubt that Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan, would win another term at this weekend’s election, it has been laid to re(...)

Monster catch: Esox lucius has a lithe and muscular beauty. Illustration: Michael Viney

The pike, Esox lucius, is the one freshwater fish that looks at you with both eyes at once, above jutting, duck-billed jaws and spiny teeth. Even dead(...)

Irish people are good at counting their blessings. Down the decades, surveys have found us to be one of the most contented communities in Europe. The (...)

Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Ireland’s beef trade is the single biggest component of the country’s €10 billion food and drink export business.

Farmers’ groups have reacted angrily to a report suggesting the proposed EU-US trade deal is likely to damage Irish beef exports.According to an asses(...)

George Soros  speaks with Bloomberg Television anchor Francine Lacqua, right, during an interview recorded at his home in London. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The EU has got its priorities wrong, billionaire investor George Soros said, as he called on Europe to provide financial assistance to Ukraine. It was(...)

A carnival float in Mainz, Germany, satirising the transatlantic trade talks. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

It’s a task that makes sense only by the logic of international trade strictures – which is why negotiators for the EU and the US are eager to change (...)

Seán Lavery, tax partner at BDO; Adrian Doran, head of corporate banking at Barclays Northern Ireland; Colin Walsh chairman of  CBI Northern Ireland; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; and director general of the CBI John Cridland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged Northern Ireland business people to “not be shy” in promoting the cause of the UK remaining within the European Union.(...)

 Willie Walsh: the IAG chief executive   has pledged to maintain Aer Lingus flights from the State to Heathrow for five years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/PhotoCall Ireland

Government officials could meet representatives of International Airlines Group (IAG) again next week as talks over the €1.36-billion bid for Aer Lin(...)

Shia Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday. Oil prices jumped around the world after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out the strikes. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Stock markets around the world were knocked lower and oil prices jumped after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen. The attac(...)