A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks edged up to near four-month highs with a raft of company results in focus while euro zone bond yields rose from five-week lows as inve(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

Stewardesses prepare tea flasks for delegates before the opening ceremony of the  Communist Party congress. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Just over an hour into Xi Jinping’s opening speech at the 19th Communist Party congress, and 12 young women in purple jackets and black trousers appea(...)

President Xi Jinping arriving for the opening session of China’s Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on  Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

President Xi Jinping hailed a historic new age of Chinese power at the start of a decisive Communist Party congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the Peo(...)

French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The election of Audrey Azoulay as director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on October 13th w(...)

Attendees look at a slideshow of Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Five Years of Sheer Endeavour show at the Beijing Exhibition Centre as he is poised to become the most powerful figure in Chinese politics since Mao Zedong. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has ruled out western-style political reform on the eve of a crucial Communist Party congress that looks sure to cement Xi Jinping’s legacy by e(...)

US president Donald Trump suggested Ireland was dropping its tax rate to 8 per cent. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has described much of the negative media coverage of his administration as fake news but could be accused of the same thing (...)

Interior view of the cabin of a new Bombardier C-Series CS100 airplane. Photograph: Alexandra Wey/EPA

Airbus plans to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series passenger jet program, injecting critical financial support and expertise into a project(...)

Performers prepare for the 19th Communist Party Congress in Huaibei in China’s eastern Anhui province. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

China is putting up the last red flags and revolutionary icons around Tiananmen Square ahead of this week’s 19th Communist Party congress that will co(...)

Paramilitary police officers   keep watch   in the old part of Beijing as the capital prepares for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Wearing black fatigues, body armour, a helmet, and idly dangling a truncheon at his side, the pensioner peers at me closely as I park my bicycle on Ji(...)