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Volkswagen Group is to invest in Ford’s autonomous vehicle venture, Argo AI, in a deal that deepens the alliance between two of the world’s largest auto giants. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty

Volkswagen Group is to invest in Ford’s autonomous vehicle venture, Argo AI, in a deal that deepens the alliance between two of the world’s largest au(...)

US president Donald Trump: Boris Johnson risks being  Trump’s lapdog as British prime minister. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Spare little pity for Kim Darroch, Britain’s outgoing ambassador to the US. He leaves Washington with plaudits from fellow diplomats and will enjoy li(...)

The proposed UK tax applies a 2 per cent levy on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces serving UK customers.

The UK vowed to press ahead with its plans for a special tax on large technology companies on Thursday, hours after the US threatened to impose trade (...)

Messages posted on the  Lennon Wall outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, earlier this month. Photograph: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

As protests and acts of dissent show no sign of abating in Hong Kong, Lennon and Lenin are now locked in a posthumous ideological battle in districts (...)

Irish businessman Thomas Kavanagh after leaving Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. Photograph:  Jake King/PA Wire

An Irish businessman has been convicted of having a “10,000-volt” stun gun disguised as a torch, found among an arsenal of weaponry inside his “fortif(...)

French senators voted to impose a new tax that will affect about 30 companies, including US groups Alphabet, Apple, Facebook and Amazon

US president Donald Trump has instructed his most senior trade official to investigate French plans to tax large technology companies, as US officials(...)

A Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank.  “Military advisers tell me it looks at least 10 years ahead of any other tank on the planet. It can be remote controlled at the moment, but they’re rushing to make  it fully autonomous so it can go out on its own.” Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not looking to prevent the rise of Robocop. It has no plans to crush the (convincing yet CGI) robot from Bosstow(...)

Science Foundation Ireland  director general Prof Mark Ferguson has been appointed chair of the new European Innovation Council advisory board. Photography: Jason Clarke Photography

In a sign of Ireland’s increased standing in European research and innovation, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson ha(...)

Donald Trump’s  aggression, and his ability to turn his multitudinous flock of voters on enemies, causes lawmakers to fold. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP

It was said of John Updike that he could review a book at great length without mentioning whether he liked it or not. In his diplomatic correspondence(...)

Federal Reserve chairman Jay  Powell: statement to Congress come as investors bet that the reserve’s monetary policymakers will move as early as late July to cut its main interest rate by at least 25 basis points Photograph: Getty

Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Jay Powell has cemented the case for the US central bank to cut interest rates based on mounting risks to the US ec(...)

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