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German chancellor Angela Merkel: she wants to safeguard multilateral co-operation among the G20 economies. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

A group of business executives has urged the group of 20 leading economies to resist the temptation to take protectionist measures and to foster inter(...)

Showtime Analytics chief executive Richie Power and YuekeFinixx general manager Li Xiangxiong pictured at the funding announcement in Shenzhen, China. Photograph: Akai-Cas

Showtime Analytics, a Dublin-based start-up that has developed a technology platform for the global cinema industry, has secured €1.2 million in fundi(...)

An employee carries bracelets displaying the logo of Alibaba’s November 11th Singles’ Day online shopping event. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Alibaba Group broke its Singles’ Day sales record with room to spare on Friday, offering assurances about the strength of the Chinese consumer despite(...)

Trans-species trauma: A catch of carp in Germany appear to be  as stunned as the rest of us. Photograph: Bernd Wustneck/AFP/Getty Images
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In numbers: Singular joy $14 billion Sales racked up by Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba on last year’s Singles Day, an event originally set up by s(...)

Hong Kong has the world’s least affordable housing and parking spaces are at a premium too. Photograph: iStock

A Hong Kong parking space has sold for more than €550,000, setting a new record in the world’s least affordable property market. Hong Kong is one of (...)

China’s favourite app, WeChat, is “like  Facebook and Twitter rolled into one, with WhatsApp, Uber, Yelp and Tinder thrown in for good measure.”

Take the subway, visit a restaurant, go for a stroll or snatch a look in the car beside you in traffic in every city in China and the likelihood is yo(...)

 Wang Jianlin has topped the Chinese rich list for the third time. Photograph: Reuters

China may be on the verge, or even in the throes, of a property bubble, but the country’s richest person is still a real-estate developer, as Dalian (...)

Snapchat is expected to have 58.6 million users in  United States by  end of 2016 and 66.6 million by next year

Photo-sharing app Snapchat’s parent is working on an initial public offering that could value the company at $25 billion (€22.4 billion) or more, the (...)

 Employees at Chemayi in Dream Town, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.   The start-up, which offers car repair services through a smartphone app, is staying rent-free in Dream Town. Photograph: Jes Aznar/The New York Times

In Dream Town, a collection of boxy office buildings on the gritty edge of the historic city of Hangzhou, one tiny company is developing a portable 3D(...)

Chinese honour guards are reflected in the glass of a bus as they prepare for the arrival of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou on Friday. World leaders are gathering in the city for the  G20 summit. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP

In Hangzhou, the manhole covers are locked down, the Swat teams deployed, factories shuttered to guarantee blue skies and one-third of its six millio(...)

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