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Ron Dennis is back in charge of McLaren. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Martin Whitmarsh’s future as McLaren team principal was cast into doubt on Thursday with the announcement that his predecessor Ron Dennis was replaci(...)

Alcoa  employees release molten aluminum into a vertical cast for cylindrical billets at ta  production plant in  South Carolina. Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg

Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, has agreed to pay $384 million to settle US allegations that one of its units bribed members of Bahrain’s ro(...)

The Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1914 was the star lot in an auction of finest and rarest wines, selling for £24,910

Somewhere in the world this week, very expensive corks were popped to celebrate New Year. Before Christmas, Sotheby’s in London sold six bottles of 10(...)

Among Group of 20 economies, Germany, where Angela Merkel won a third term as chancellor, ranked highest at 14th in the Global Gender Gap Report from the Global Economic Forum. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/reuters

The world’s gender gaps narrowed slightly this year, with Iceland showing the least inequality among men and women, a report by the World Economic For(...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba looks on during a news conference  in London on Monday following a meeting by foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group of states.  Mr Jarba has close links with Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

The US-Russia sponsored conference on the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to the refusal of the Western- and Arab-backed opposition National Coalitio(...)

Pakistani schoolchildren hold a handwritten sign during a special class to commemorate the anniversary of Malala Yousufzai’s shooting at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, today. Photograph: AP

A year ago yesterday the Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in the head in Mingora in the Swat Valley of Pakistan because she had spoken up for(...)

Jack MacGowan, Aer Rianta International chief executive. The company  earned a €27.4 million surplus last year from operating duty free outlets in Europe, Asia and North America

Duty free specialist Aer Rianta International (ARI) plans to double profits over the next five years to €55 million, according to its chief executive (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the United Nations Security Council after it unanimously voted in favor of a resolution eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Russia wants to revive plans for a conference on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction now that Syria has pledged to abandon its chem(...)

Saturday’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes is shaping into a potential championship deciding event and the unbeaten Come To Heel will fly the Irish fla(...)

Ruairí Quinn: “None of like doing what we have to do none of us like the reduction in allocation for support for different kinds of support that are needed and looking for either increased money from people or reducing services that they are currently receiving.”

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has refused to rule out an increase in class sizes in next month’s budget saying “everything has to be looked at”.(...)

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