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US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Rose Garden after meeting with US congressional leaders about the government shutdown and border security. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and senior Democrats failed to strike a deal in talks on Friday to end a partial shutdown of the US government as they again(...)

An employee assists travellers with Vietjet Aviation JSC self check-in kiosks at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Any disruption to the Chinese economy will have serious  consequences for Vietnam. Photograph: Maika Elan/Bloomberg

The public’s focus has largely been on the negative economic implications of Brexit for Ireland over the past year but this is not the only external d(...)

A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Germans are not known for public outbursts of emotion yet many get misty-eyed at the memory of the Deutschmark, which began its long goodbye 20 years (...)

US president Donald Trump: Americans knew he was a rogue when they elected him. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

In Washington, where even the metaphors are militarised, the White House is said to be under “siege”. The word will not do. It implies outside hordes (...)

Main attractions: Avengers: Endgame (centre), along with Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and The Secret Life of Pets 2

In one sense, cinema has never been healthier. Thanks in part to growth in the Asian market, the worldwide box office hit a record-breaking $41 billio(...)

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European stocks and US equity-index futures slumped after Apple added to global growth concerns with a cut in its sales outlook. Stocks in Asia were m(...)

Tthe Chang’e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province on December 8th. File photograph: Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua/AP

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down at 10.2(...)

 Customers visit an Apple store in Berlin, Germany, over Christmas. File photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Apple issued an extremely rare revenue warning late on Wednesday, blaming economic weakness in China and disappointing iPhone upgrades in the develope(...)

The EU typically accounts for 50 per cent of Irish goods exports, with the UK, Germany and Belgium accounting for the lion’s share. Photograph: Alan Betson

The United States and Germany are seen by Irish exporters as providing the best opportunity to diversify into new markets amid the uncertainty of Brex(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 2nd 2019.  Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/EPA

President Xi Jinping ratcheted up the pressure on Taiwan’s pro-self-rule government on Wednesday, asserting China’s right to use military force agains(...)

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