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Hopes that the US, led by Donald Trump, pictured here with Chinese premier Xi Jinping,  would delay tariffs on Chinese goods boosted shares on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters

Optimism that central banks’ policies would support global growth and news that Washington would delay tariffs on Chinese goods boosted shares on Frid(...)

Investors breathed a sigh of relief after US president Donald Trump indicated that the protracted trade war with China could end soon. Photograph: Getty Images

European shares advanced – with the Iseq in Dublin standing out as a rare weak spot – as investors looked beyond UK prime minister Theresa May’s plans(...)

Pressure on British prime minister Theresa May to quit added to Brexit concerns on the markets.

European shares sank on Thursday as the latest round of US-China trade friction and a soft set of business surveys sapped investors’ risk appetite. Pr(...)

One of the three improvised devices sent to Heathrow, London City Airport and Waterloo. Photograph: Alistair Bunkall/Sky News

British counter-terrorism police are investigating three fire bombs sent to two London airports and one of the city’s busiest railway stations. The t(...)

With an International Crap Women’s Day we could celebrate the likes of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, the self-styled face of lean-in feminism whose brand came a cropper after she was caught up in the string of controversies surrounding the company. Photograph: Pascal Lauener/Reuters

There is still more than a week to go before International Women’s Day and already I am gripped by a familiar sense of exhaustion. Each day brings an(...)

In New York, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell on Tuesday, as technology stocks pulled back. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European shares closed higher ahead of a blizzard of political, economic and corporate events, with a Brexit vote and Apple results on Tuesday and a F(...)

Forensic officers inspect the remains of the van used as a car bomb on an attack outside Derry Court House on Saturday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The same dissident republican group that police believe was responsible for a car bomb in Derry on Saturday are also believed to be behind series of s(...)

Bank of Ireland finished up 3.1 per cent at €5.16, on general optimism throughout the European banking sector on hopes that the financial system would be shored up by the prospects of economic calm in Italy. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

European shares rose cautiously yesterday with gains in most sectors lifting the market amid speculation the US Federal Reserve would signal a concili(...)

 Donald Trump’s well-executed “Fifteen States Strategy” helped him win the United States presidential election. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

In his book Tough Calls, businessman Allan Leighton recalls the early stages of his tenure as chairman of the UK’s Royal Mail, which at the time was l(...)

Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange. US stocks plunged, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling more than 800 points. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

European shares fell on Tuesday, led lower by auto stocks as investors started to question whether the truce agreed by the United States and China on (...)

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