Nearly everyone has a mobile phone and it’s usually either being carried by its owner or within close reach, and hence, earshot. Broadcasting to every mobile on a network means an emergency alert also reaches visitors. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The downpour began as we were driving back from a restaurant to our South Carolina hotel this week. Huge thunderheads, accompanied by random, short-li(...)

 British Foreign Secretary  Philip Hammond: ‘The uncomfortable truth is that the EU’s growth rate is far below that needed to reduce unemployment to acceptable levels and is being challenged not only by Asia, but also by the US.’ Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Right across the continent, anti-EU parties have made huge gains in recent years – in local, national and European elections. We need to respond by ma(...)

An ambulance transports the body of executed Brazilian prisoner Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira from Nusa Kambangan prison, where five of six prisoners were executed on January 18th, 2015. Photograph: Antara Foto/Reuters.

Indonesia has executed six people, five of them foreigners, for drug trafficking despite international appeals to spare them.The government defended t(...)

Steve Tormey, chief executive Toyota Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Early forecourt forecasts suggest 2015 will see the motor trade exceed 100,000 new car sales, a psychological benchmark for a business sector batte(...)

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders in Schilderswijk: there have been problems  with supporters of Islamic State flying the flag, literally, for the new caliphate. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

When the mayor of a major city such as The Hague writes formally to his city council to warn that they have neither the resources nor the expertise to(...)

State-owned Dutch bank ABN Amro will cut up to 1,000 jobs in its retail division by 2018, as it reports a 40 per cent increase in underlying net profit. (Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters)

State-owned Dutch bank ABN Amro is to cut up to 1,000 jobs in its retail division by 2018, booking a provision of €50-€75 million in the next quarter (...)

A Netherlands tax ruling allegedly underestimated the business risk carried by Starbucks’ coffee roasting facility and, as a result, attributed too little profit to the Netherlands. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands and Starbucks will be pulled into the political storm over tax deals as the European Commission confronts Amsterdam for allegedly subs(...)

Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Commission will tomorrow publish a letter sent to the Government in June outlining the terms of its investigation into Apple’s tax arrang(...)

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: said the growth figures were “hopeful but the recovery is still fragile”

New car sales in the Netherlands will hit a 45-year low this year, the industry said yesterday, as the Dutch government was warned any worsening of un(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)