North Korean inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 being prepared before a test launch:  Japan is looking at how to eliminate such threats. Photograph:  KCNA/EPA

A series of recent missile tests has added new urgency to Japan’s debate about how it can defend itself from Pyongyang’s increasingly sophisticated ar(...)

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Middle Eastern nations “cannot wait for American power to crush” Islamic terrorism for them, US president Donald Trump told Islamic leaders on Sunday,(...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomes US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US has reached a $6 billion (€5.35bn) deal for Saudi Arabia to buy four littoral combat ships made by Lockheed Martin in a package of major arms p(...)

Twitter: In its last results in February the company reported sales totalling $717 million (€672 million) in the fourth quarter, up only about 1 per cent compared with the previous year. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Monday Results: Halliburton, Hasbro, Hyundai, Office Depot, Villeroy & Boch, Volvo Indicators: German business climate (Apr); UK business optim(...)

Traders on the floor of the NYSE on Friday. Financial markets were initially spooked by US missile strikes against Syria. Photograph: Bloomberg

The US missile strike on Syria was the dominant factor in the markets yesterday with oil trading near a one-month high while the dollar rose as invest(...)

The scene at Blacksod in north Mayo, where air, sea and shore searches continue for three Coast Guard crew members missing since Tuesday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As an extensive search continues for three missing Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew off the Mayo coast, efforts will continue to pinpoint the signal (...)

A Sikorsky S-92 helicopter operated by CHC Helicopter for the Irish Coast Guard

There are no plans to ground the remaining four Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopters, a spokesman for CHC Helicopter has said. CHC, one of th(...)

 A  J-20 stealth fighter aircraft    at the military airbase in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China has put into service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, as senior(...)

The SpaceX Falcon rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station. Photograph: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that marks a new era of privat(...)

US president Donald Trump:  the entire auto industry is bracing for potential changes  in the North American Free Trade Agreement under Trump presidency. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Even before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th of the United States last week, big business had already thrown him a veritable inaugural ball. A (...)

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