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Protesters clash with riot police outside the Athens parliament building over planned government reforms, on January 12th, 2018. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

“Greece is a land where you can fool none of the people none of the time” wrote an American observer in 1944. He attributed this to the “lightning-lik(...)

Czech presidential candidate Jiri Drahos: said he would travel around the regions, where he will seek to quash criticism he is bland and lacks the common touch of his rival. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

The political temperature in the Czech Republic is rising ahead of a presidential election run-off and uncertainty over prospects for a new government(...)

Czech president Milos Zeman (L) and former Czech Science Academy head and independent candidate for the Czech presidential election Jiri Drahos. Photograph: Zhao Wang/AFP/Getty Images

The political temperature in the Czech Republic is rising ahead of a presidential election run-off and uncertainty over prospects for a new government(...)

Chinese  supply ship ‘Shen Qian Hao’ spraying foam on the burning oil tanker ‘Shanchi’ on Friday. Photograph: Chinese Transport Ministry/EPA

A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and wa(...)

Ardagh Group chairman  Paul Coulson ventured into the riskiest area of the bond markets this week, raising $350 million through the sale of payment-in-kind notes. Photograph: Alan Betson

You’ve got to hand it to Paul Coulson and how he can play international debt markets. The Dublin financier’s glass and metal containers group, Ardagh(...)

Hugo O’Doherty (right) and his brother Bart at the top of Mont Royal with downtown Montreal in the background.
Welcome to My Place . . . Montreal
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  • January 13, 2018, 06:00

Hugo O’Doherty, a writer and editor from Sandycove, Co Dublin, went to Montreal to learn French, and also because he “heard it was affordable and fun,(...)

The Great Siege monument in Valletta, Malta, was turned into a shrine for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after she was killed by a car bomb last October. Photograph: Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump is many things, a lot of them bad, but he’s not among the world’s foremost oppressors of the media, as the Committee to Protect Journalis(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping stand to inaugurate the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council, in Beijing this week. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

One of the thorniest questions facing French president Emmanuel Macron is how to deal with dictatorships and what the French sociologist Edgar Morin (...)

Security staff of Czech president Milos Zeman (not in picture) detain a woman member of the Femen organisation after she confronted the president on Friday. Photograph:  Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Czechs have begun voting in a presidential election that is expected to deliver a tight finish between Eurosceptic, Russia-friendly incumbent Milos Z(...)

Meicai, which means “beautiful vegetable,” was founded in 2014 with a goal of sourcing vegetables for about 10 million small and medium-size restaurants in China

Meicai, a China start-up that helps farmers sell vegetables to restaurants, has been valued at $3 billion on the basis of raising $450 million in a fu(...)

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