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Employees of French water and waste giant Suez took to the Parisian streets on Tuesday to protest against Veolia’s bid for a stake in the company. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Image of the week: Water fight There was French business drama this week as utility multinational Veolia’s move to take over water and waste giant Su(...)

US stocks traded mixed, near all-time highs, as investors evaluated the outlook for global growth and central bank stimulus to counter the pandemic. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP Photo

European shares ended Monday lower, weighed down by weak financial stocks after disappointing German and Italian inflation data, but closed August hig(...)

Family members of Imad Zahr al-Din, a worker at the port of Beirut who was killed in the massive explosion a week prior, mourn during his funeral at his home village of Burj Rahal, near Tyre in southern Lebanon on Tuesday. Photograph:  Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images

      Angry and grieving protesters on Tuesday read aloud the names of at least 171 people killed in last week’s explosion at Beirut(...)

A bank draft was sent to the Empress Eugénie in Paris and, following a discussion with a French organisation established to assist casualties, the committee also decided to form an ambulance corps. Portrait of Empress Eugénie by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1853

Ireland’s first halting attempt to alleviate distress abroad took place 150 years ago during the Franco-Prussian War. In 1870, the Second French Empi(...)

A plinth outside the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, after a statue had been removed in recent days. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Statues of Nubian princesses and their slave girls which have been removed from outside the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin were erected at a time when Egy(...)

A woman walks past a portrait of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai. Photograph: Aly Song/File Photo/Reuters

It is difficult to know the future implications of a moment in history while you are still living through it. But one of the most striking indication(...)

Mr Cuccinelli responded that he was ‘certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty’. Photograph: iStock

Kenneth Cuccinelli, one of the Trump administration’s top immigration officials, set off a controversy this week with comments about The New Colossus,(...)

The term “Silk Road” in China comes from ancient efforts to expand trade routes with the outside world. Photograph: iStock

1. In autumn 2013, President Xi Jinping proposed the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, later referred t(...)

OxyMem co-founders  Prof Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

While bringing improvements in the treatment of sewage and waste water might not be the most attractive of projects, great research success can still (...)

European shares rose on Thursday to a fresh three-month high as oil stocks rallied and online supermarket Ocado shot up after it signed a game-changin(...)

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