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Trading hit: Spotify makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

In numbers: Some robots are coming 14 Percentage of jobs that are “highly automatable” (meaning there is said to be a 70 per cent or greater chance (...)

In New York the S&P 500 headed for its best three-day rise since Donald Trump’s election as technology and industrial shares bolstered a recovery on easing trade war concerns. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European stocks jumped to their highest level in more than two weeks on Thursday as investors bought back into risky assets and trade tensions between(...)

‘China will not be afraid or back down if a trade war is unavoidable. The country has never surrendered to external pressure, and it will not surrender this time either,’ according to the official Xinhua news agency.

China pledged “no surrender” in a burgeoning trade dispute with the US, saying the country had never surrendered to external pressure and was not abou(...)

In closing the island to visitors,  Dutertewas responding to numerous government inspections following his criticism in February of sanitary conditions on the island. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A decision by the Philippines to close the holiday hotspot of Boracay, which President Rodrigo Duterte has called a “cesspool”, prompted airlines Thur(...)

Toy creators Luz and Noel Donegan: The couple’s original idea was for a hybrid digital and real world play product that allowed children to create a highly personalised book.

On paper, the idea of two non-techies starting a business wholly dependent on technology does not look promising. But veteran toy creators Luz and Noe(...)

Container boxes at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

We are not yet witnessing a full-scale trade war between the US and China, but the rise in tensions this week has been worrying. First, China outlined(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as markets react to a trade dispute between China and the United States. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

European shares fell as China’s response to US tariffs fuelled fears of a trade war. DUBLIN The Irish market reflected the rest of Europe. Cider mak(...)

Sergei Naryshkin, director of Russia’s  Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR): “The West is drawing a new iron curtain around itself.”  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has accused British and US secret services of masterminding the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in the UK and of bullying their west(...)

Current Chinese premier Li Keqiang. His predecessor Wen Jiabao said the Chinese economy’s biggest problem was that growth was unstable and unsustainable. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Consumption is at last becoming the most important driver of demand in the Chinese economy. This is a long-awaited and desirable adjustment. It promis(...)

A unit of activist hedge fund Elliott Management now holds more than $1 billion (€810 million) of shares in three key affiliates of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, and said more needs to be done to reform the company

A unit of activist hedge fund Elliott Management now holds more than $1 billion (€810 million) of shares in three key affiliates of South Korea’s Hyun(...)

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