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The New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1 per cent on Wednesday as industrial stocks tumbled over growing fears of a trade war between the US and China. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

European shares dipped on Wednesday as strong results from Adidas and robust mining stocks were more than offset by weak banks and a drop in Italian s(...)

The photo of Xue and Ye in Qingdao, China. Photograph: Channel NewsAsia

Two strangers pose for separate photos at the same spot at the exact same time, in front of a towering red sculpture in a town square in China. By cha(...)

Liang Xiangyi, a correspondent for the Shanghai-based Yicai Financial News Network, turns away as fellow journalist Zhang Huijun asks a question about the Belt and Road initiative at the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Screengrab: YouTube

A TV journalist who rolled her eyes and scoffed in response to a fawning question by a fellow reporter at China’s rubber-stamp annual parliament has (...)

Ireland’s largest waste company Panda has said charges for green bin collections will be frozen for five years after it announced it was introducing a(...)

From April 19th Panda  will charge 80 cents per lift of recycling bins and 4.5 cents per kg of waste in green bins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Ireland’s largest waste company Panda has introduced green bin charges for mixed dry recyclables it collects from more than 250,000 homes and commerci(...)

Premier Li Keqiang (right) and China’s president Xi Jinping at the National People’s Congress in Beijing where parliament endorsed Mr Xi’s move to abolish rules limiting the head of state to 10 years in power. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images

China’s parliament has laid out plans for a major government restructuring, including seven new super ministries, just days after a constitutional ame(...)

People attend a vigil for the victims of the US-Bangla plane crash  in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

A Bangladeshi airline said on Tuesday its two pilots aboard the plane that crashed in Nepal killing 49 people had both received special training to la(...)

British police officers stand on duty at a cordon near a bench covered in a protective tent, at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England, where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found  on March 4th. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

If the Russians are worried about being blamed for a nerve agent attack on British soil 10 days ago, they are not showing it. British prime minister (...)

Civil Guard agents conduct checks at a security control point at El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain. File photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

Spanish police have smashed a human trafficking network that smuggled people from China into Britain and Ireland. A total of 155 people were arreste(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

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