Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is photographed today. China has accused Japan of trying to re-arm after it emerged the US has been seeking  the return of 300kg of weapon’s grade plutonium. Photograph: Franck Robichon/Pool/Reuters.

China has said it is “extremely concerned” by a report that Japan has resisted returning more than 300 kg of mostly weapons-grade plutonium to(...)

The allocation of funds to Joan Burton’s department remains undecided in the wake of these meetings between the two Labour colleagues, but Ms Burton has set her face against a fresh drive for the full €440 million adjustment.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is coming under renewed pressure to extract €440 million from the welfare budget next year as the Governmen(...)