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If the iron ore price were to stay low for a sustained period of time, it would call into question the ability of miners to fulfil promises of higher returns for shareholders. Photograph: Bloomberg

Billions of dollars were wiped off the market value of the world’s biggest mining companies yesterday after fresh concerns about slowing demand(...)

Malaysia Airlines executive Hugh Dunleavy  speaks to the media at the Lido Hotel in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared after leaving Kuala Lumpur early on Saturday bound for Beijing with 239 people on board, may have(...)

A relative (l) of a passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is escorted by a staff member from Malaysia Airlines as they walk in a corridor at a hotel in Beijing. Photograph: Chance Chan/Reuters

The identities of four passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight are under investigation, the country’s transport minister said on(...)

Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak  arrives at the holding area for family and friends of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang today. Photograph: Samsul Said/Reuters

Malaysia Airlines, the operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing this morning, has established a record(...)

Angela Merkel at Trinity College yesterday, where she met and spoke to Philosophical Society members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A softer side of Angela Merkel was in evidence yesterday as the German chancellor addressed 200 students in the debating hall at Trinity Colleg(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

The Chinese government has told North Korea of its “deep concern” after an aircraft from (...)

Breathless in Beijing

The skies over Beijing had cleared propitiously, it seems, for the opening of its parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), this week. (...)

People lay flowers and pay their respects at a memorial for anti-government protesters killed in clashes with police in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.  Photograph:  Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Could Ukraine become a stable liberal democracy? The answer has to be yes. Will Ukraine become a stable liberal democracy? The answer to that i(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

As the crisis in Ukraine escalated over the weekend, a senior United States government official said in a briefing call on Sunday that the Whit(...)

Delegates representing ethnic minorities leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the sessions of National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Delegates in the red-draped Great Hall of the People in central Beijing for China’s tightly choreographed annual parliament, the National Peopl(...)

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