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A fishing boat worker rests while his boat is in port in Thailand. File photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty

While forced labour exists throughout the world, nowhere is the problem more rampant than in the South China Sea, and especially in the Thai fishing f(...)

A picture taken from Turkish territory shows a Russian flag and a Syrian flag waving on a hill near the Zor Magar village of Syria. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

As Turkish forces advanced into northern Syria this week, Vladimir Putin was being feted in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where he held t(...)

Sales at Pernod, the world’s second-largest distiller, grew 1.3 per cent on an organic basis in the first quarter. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Jameson-owner Pernod Ricard began its fiscal year on a tepid note as demand for cognac in China slowed after stellar growth this time last year. The s(...)

The carcass of a dead camel in Nayuu, northern Kenya. Pastoralist people are seeing their animals perish because of a lack of water and grazing due to the prolonged drought. Photograph: David O’Hare/Trócaire

Violent storms, droughts and wildfires regularly hit our news screens but the effect that climate change is having on our health, and how that will im(...)

An Albanian opposition supporter clashes with  police  during a rally called by the opposition to demand the resignation of  interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj in Tirana, Albania, in May 2018. His brother was suspected of drug smuggling. File photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty

Klodiana Lala draws a triangle in the air to explain the power structure she explores as one of Albania’s leading investigative journalists. “I see p(...)

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, who is  due to attend a series of meetings on key areas of trade, including digital and technology, life sciences and industrial, and financial services industry events. Photograph : Laura Hutton

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys is seeking to maximise Ireland’s exposure at the Rugby World Cup by leading a trade and investment mission to (...)

A woman waves a fishermen’s flag ahead of the Fiji and Uruguay match  in Kamaishi last month. Photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Takeshi Nagata scrolls through his phone, checking forecasts. His face turns pensive. It’s a crystalline autumn Wednesday lunchtime in Tohoku, Japan’s(...)

HSBC currently employs more than 238,000 staff. Photograph: iStock

HSBC has embarked on a cost-cutting drive that threatens up to 10,000 jobs, as its new interim chief executive Noel Quinn seeks to make his mark on th(...)

Fiona Hyde enjoys some solitary time in Luang Prabang, Laos

As they say, when it’s all over, we still have to clean up. A lot has been written about the various challenges involved in long-term travel. Before y(...)

H&M managed to boost sales in the key US market by 19%  as it slashed prices. Photograph: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg

H&M’s quarterly earnings rose for the first time in more than two years as a well received summer collection helped the Swedish retailer boost pro(...)

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