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The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Poland and the UK were the targets over the weekend of two legal cases initiated by the European Commission, the timing of which will cause some polit(...)

The Iseq overall index underperformed its European peers on Monday, falling 1.3 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Iseq overall index was one of Europe’s worst performers on Monday after banks and Ryanair took a hit. News surrounding An Post’s entry into the mo(...)

Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (centre left) and his running mate Faisal Naseem (centre right)  celebrate their victory in the presidential election in Male, Maldives, on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP

Voters in the Maldives have thrown out the incumbent president, Abdulla Yameen, in an extraordinary rebuke to a leader who jailed political opponents (...)

A woman walks past the Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei. There are 12-30 million Catholics in China. Photograph: Daniel Shih

It’s nearly 70 years since the Communists swept to power in China and the Roman Catholic Church was driven out by the fiercely secular order of Mao Ze(...)

Algeria’s energy minister Mustapha Guitouni speaks to the media at the Opec meeting in Algiers on Sunday.

Opec’s leader Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, ruled out on Sunday any immediate, additional increase in crud(...)

Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province: Tensions between Uighurs and the ethnic Han majority in China have intensified, and hundreds have died in terror attacks and unrest. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

Social stability in Xinjiang has been “hard-won”, China’s public security minister has said, calling for greater “reform through education” for prison(...)

 Vietnam’s president Tran Dai Quang who died at age 61. Photograph:  AP

Vietnam’s president Tran Dai Quang, a former chief of internal security who became one of the most high-profile leaders in the communist-ruled country(...)

Plan proposes a 25% increase in EU spending on Africa to €40bn.

Strategic thinking is evident in the plan announced by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for an Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable(...)

The OECD said trade growth had slowed this year to around three per cent from five per cent in 2017 as tensions between the United States and its major trade partners weighed on confidence and investment. Photograph: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Global economic growth has peaked out in the face of rising trade frictions and emerging market turbulence, the OECD said on Thursday, trimming its ea(...)

Donald Trump: Each of his broken treaties and tariff rounds can be read as a nudge towards that destiny: a bid to make America normal again. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/EPA

To become a “normal country” is the dream of more than one republic. The world is familiar enough with the German case. Having atoned for the war and (...)

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