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Musicians playing at a St Patrick’s Day event in Tokyo. Photograph: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Japan

As part of his practice regime for this month’s Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda, Taro Nagata hauls his fiddle up into the Alps in Nagano Prefecture in centr(...)

What makes a beautiful woman? Art and science have debated this since art and science began. Is it symmetry? Scent? The distance between her eyes? Som(...)

Salt may not be as damaging to health as is usually claimed, according to a controversial new study which suggests campaigns to persuade people to cut(...)

Workers unloading bags of chemicals at a port in Zhangjiagang in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The European Central Bank has warned that US tariffs are in danger of reaching their highest levels for half a century as its concerns mount about the(...)

Children and parked cars are colour-coded on a monitor inside a Mercedes S-Class car. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

It’s no wonder that every tech firm and carmaker with a research-and-development budget to spare is getting on the autonomous, self-driving car bandwa(...)

In contrast with rival efforts, the Tokyo biohybrid can “live” and function in a  bottle for over a week before it degrades

Science fiction has warned us, repeatedly and enthusiastically, about men like Shoji Takeuchi. A well-meaning genius creates an innocent-looking inven(...)

Counting Iranian Rials as Washington reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran. Photograph: Getty Images

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accuses the US of waging “psychological warfare” against his country due to economic uncertainty driven by the reimpo(...)

During peak season, about 40,000 people visit Fujiazhuang beach in Dalian every day. Photograph: VCG

Bathers at the world’s busiest beach, Fujiazhuang in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian, are too busy slapping on the factor 50 and edging betwee(...)

The $3.1 billion (€2.7 billion) investment - which would give Heineken a stake in CRH (Beer) Ltd, which controls CR Beer - comes as the Dutch brewer has struggled in China

Heineken is buying a 40 per cent stake in the parent of China’s largest beer company in a multibillion-dollar bet it can challenge arch-rival AB InBev(...)

Tokyo stocks slipped  as Washington threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

A fresh escalation of trade war concerns unsettled Asian and European stock markets, although Apple once again provided support for US equity indices (...)

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