Commerzbank’s equity stood at €27.6 billion as of September 30th, of which €20.2 billion resided in its core bank

Commerzbank boss Martin Blessing has restored the German lender to health but it is unlikely to meet ambitious 2016 turnaround targets as it faces to(...)

Room service: the A.L.O. by Savioke delivers fresh towels to a hotel guests’ room. Photograph:  Jason Henry/The New York Times

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items(...)

Dr James Watson, at the unveiling of a sculpture, representing the double helix of DNA, at Trinity College, Dublin last year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Russian billionaire who paid $4.1 million at auction for James Watson’s Nobel Prize medal has decided to give it back to the scientist. The(...)

Trinity College Dublin: new master’s in Chinese studies and the opening of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies

Walking through Wan Chai in Hong Kong during the recent democracy protests, I passed a row of surgeries with signs saying the doctor or dentist within(...)

Proposed design for UCD Confucius Institute

Not everyone was toasting Jan O’Sullivan’s first education budget, but when she visits China this week they’ll be raising a glass to the Government(...)

A day after President Obama phoned Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu demanding an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”, Netanyahu warned of “a lengthy campaign” against Hamas. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The photographs of American troops pushing helicopters over the side of a US warship in 1975 became iconic images immortalising the country’s messy wi(...)

President of Spanish wifi company Gowex, Jenaro Garcia, who announced on Twitter last week that the company’s accounts had been falsified for more than four years. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

To many, attempting to profit from stock market falls is immoral and parasitic. Short sellers, however, see themselves as the detectives of the stock (...)

S&P calculates that almost four in five US stock fund managers fail to beat broader indexes Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

It’s become one of the toughest sells of a fund manager: pay a fee to underperform the rest of the market.Over the last three years, S&P calculate(...)

Beware the strong man. Or, more accurately, beware behaving in ways that create the demand for a strong man to protect the weak. The thought oc(...)

In his November 2011 inaugural address President Michael D Higgins said he intended holding  presidency seminars. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Over 50 events are planned to take place across the island of Ireland this year as part of an ethics initiative by President Michael D Higgins (...)