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Ireland was ranked in first place in a number of sub- categories including value-added manufacturing and productivity

Ireland has moved up three places in a list of the most innovative countries while the US has fallen out of the top ten for the first time in six year(...)

The Olympic rings at the press centre for the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics in South Korea, which begin on February 9th. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

North Korea has switched the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army to February 8th, the eve of the Pyeongchang winter Olympics in South Ko(...)

The views of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, who sees liberal values as inimical to success in “the great global race”, a race in which Russia, China and India are identified as among the strongest contenders, constitutes a clear challenge to European values. Photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

“If the European Union won’t pay, we’ll apply to China.” These words of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, spoken in Berlin earlier this month, re(...)

Smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker Sanchi off the coast of eastern China on January 14th. The vessel sank, with the loss of all 32 mariners on board. Photograph: AFP/Transport Ministry of China

An oil slick from a sunken Iranian tanker in the East China Sea has more than trebled in size to cover a total surface area of 332sq km from the 101s(...)

The IMF said the global economy was witnessing “the broadest synchronised global growth upsurge since 2010”.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its global growth outlook, citing better-than-expected trading conditions in the Europe and Asia and (...)

A satellite image of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, located about 230km off the Philippines and 650km from the southern Chinese island province of Hainan. The shoal is also claimed by the Philippines and Taiwan.  Photograph:  USGS/Nasa Landsat data/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images

China has warned the US to steer clear of disputed territory in the South China Sea and vowed “necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty after a(...)

 The technology inside the new convenience store, opening Jan. 22, 2018 in Seattle, enables a shopping experience like no other –  including no checkout lines. (Kyle Johnson/The New York Times)

Five years ago Amazon started working on a secret project: how to eliminate the checkout line in stores. Amazon executives reasoned that most other as(...)

Tete-a-tete: Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel at the G20 summit in Hamburg last year. They are all due to make speeches in Davos this week. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

A year ago, as the world was coming to terms with the idea of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Xi Jinping took to the stage at the Worl(...)

Guillaume Lebrun of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud; French ambassador to Ireland Stephane Crouzat; Zoe Kavanagh, chief executive of the National Dairy Council; and Ross Lewis of Chapter One Restaurant

Vote and win There is still time to reward your favourite restaurant by casting your vote in the 10th annual Irish Restaurant Awards, which generated(...)

AIB closed up by 4.4 per cent, with strong volume traded on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A busy day in Dublin helped push the Iseq overall index up by almost 1 per cent with strong gains in AIB. In London, although the FTSE was up on the(...)

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