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Production of zircon, a raw material used in the ceramics industry, fell 16 per cent from 10,400 tonnes in the first quarter to 8,700 tonnes during the second three months.

Mining company Kenmare Resources increased its overall production during the second quarter of this year. Between April and June the company’s product(...)

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Japan should use the actions of that regime as a model for reforming its constitution. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Taro Aso backtracked from remarks saying Japan should use the actions of the Nazi regime in Germany as a model for reforming its constitution, after f(...)

A High Court judge has approved a complex settlement of an action brought by Nama and others against Treasury Holdings’ co-founders Richard Barrett an(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “ China is a priority market for Ireland and strengthening our relations with China is critical to our exporters and to our economic recovery as a whole.”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore kicked off a four-day trade mission to China yesterday aimed at underlining the growing importance to Ireland of the world’s se(...)

Young entrepreneurs: “Each business had to pay €8 for a slot on the flyer, so they did. And we got 80 businesses taking part.” Twins Michael and Oisín (13) McGloin from Bundoran, Co Donegal

My first summer job actually started at Easter. My friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons – she went on to become a lawyer, but she’s actually (...)

Put your Mindset to work

Ostensibly a book for those looking for a new job, this volume concerns attitude to work in a wider context. It makes the point that what employers lo(...)

There are a lot of references to infrastructure in this week’s Asia Briefing, as we take a look at a freight rail link between China and Germany and t(...)

Major investment in China’s pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) sector, along with government-initiated reforms, looks set to kick off a(...)

Security guards board a train carrying Chinese products as it passes through Kazakhstan on its way to Europe.photograph: james hill/the new york times

Last week, a cargo train from Zhengzhou in Henan province in central China began services to Hamburg in the north of Germany as part of efforts to boo(...)

People walk along the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong, in downtown Shanghai. The nightmare scenario for China’s leaders as they try to wean the country off a diet of easy credit and breakneck expansion is a local government buckling under the weight of its own debt. Photograph: Carlos Baria/Reuters

China will start a nationwide audit of government debt this week as the new Communist Party leadership investigates the threats to growth and the fina(...)

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