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(BLM) (Bloomberg) – Hellman and Friedman’s $11 billion deal for Ultimate Software Group is the latest mega buyout that shows private equity firms are (...)

Former US president Barack Obama and Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2012. Photograph: Jason Reed

Looking back, “pivot” was always a silly word for the transfer of American attention to Asia. Minted by Barack Obama’s administration almost a decade (...)

Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Glencore pledged to cap coal production as the world’s biggest exporter of the commodity responds to investor pressure for action on climate change. (...)

Kerry, owner of brands such as Denny and Dairygold, said volume growth was well ahead of its markets.

Kerry Group signalled on Tuesday that it has begun stockpiling raw materials ahead of Brexit, as chief executive Edmond Scanlon cautioned that weakeni(...)

Rachel O’Neill and her mother Marie.

Unless it’s being used to describe where you want to be picked up at the airport, the word “terminal” isn’t one you want to hear. It carries weight li(...)

Pedestrians stand outside an HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch in Hong Kong. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

HSBC sounded an upbeat note after its fourth-quarter earnings fell short of estimates, telling investors that it’s still aiming to meet its key financ(...)

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan and Saudi Arabia’s  prince Mohammed bin Salman  in Islamabad,  February 18th. Photograph: Press handout via Reuters

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on a three-nation Asian tour with the aim of demonstrating he is welcome in the east if not in som(...)

Australia’s minister for trade Simon Birmingham, pictured  in 2014. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australia’s trade minister has said his country is ready to sign a fast-tracked trade agreement with the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but pour(...)

ASL Aviation handles cargo for international businesses such as FedEx and DHL. Photograph: Maxwells

European investor Star Capital is buying Irish airline ASL Aviation Holdings in a deal said to be worth more than €200 million. Swords, Co Dublin-bas(...)

Meth was sent across the  border into China or handed off at sea to criminal organisations like Chinese triads or the Japanese yakuza. Photograph: Kim Won Jin/AFP/Getty Images

Like many across east Asia, North Koreans have been exchanging presents this month to celebrate the lunar new year. But rather than tea, sweets or clo(...)

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