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The effort by Ant Financial, the payments affiliate of the internet giant Alibaba, to buy MoneyGram was seen as a test of the Trump administration’s political and regulatory approach to China.

US officials have effectively killed a Chinese company’s $1.2 billion plan to buy MoneyGram, the money transfer company, signaling the Trump administr(...)

Mai El-Mahdy: “I want to be part of what’s happening here politically, I want to vote in the repeal referendum next year.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

When Mai El-Mahdy started seeing posts on social media about the revolution spreading across the Middle East she struggled to believe the protest move(...)

President Xi Jinping of China and President Donald Trump with their wives during an opera in the Forbidden City in Beijing, in November. Of the world’s strongmen, Xi Jinping has emerged the strongest - the leader of a rising superpower.

We have reached the end of an economic period, that of western-led globalisation, and a geopolitical one - the post-cold war “unipolar moment”. This i(...)

 Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif  pictured with US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale at a meeting in Islamabad on November 6th. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest against US president Donald Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistani “lies and deceit”, which foreign mi(...)

Billioniare Jia Yueting said he must remain in the US to work on electric car startup Faraday Future. Photograph: Bloomberg

Chinese internet entrepreneur Jia Yueting has defied orders from regulators to return home and help a listed technology company he founded resolve cru(...)

Chung Eui-sun, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Co (centre) leaves a new year company meeting at the automaker’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Bloomberg

Shares in Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors slid on Tuesday morning after the South Korean automaker forecast a modest increase in 2018 sales(...)

Tencent Holdings WeChat messaging application has denied it is storing chat histories. Photograph: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, has denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media re(...)

Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest at the University of Tehran. Photograph:  EPA/STR

After capping its second annual gain, oil started 2018 by advancing toward $61 as US drilling activity remained at a standstill following a slip in pr(...)

Gillian Ackland enjoying the snow in Calgary

As winter makes its presence felt in Ireland, we decided to ask our readers living in cooler climates what proper cold feels like. Dress appropriately(...)

 The ‘Lighthouse Winmore’, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions. South Korea has seized the vessel. File photograph:   Iwan Afwan/MarineTraffic/The New York Times

Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senio(...)

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