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One of the ways to control dire traffic congestion and air pollution is to ration the number of car number plates, and March’s auction in Shang(...)

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai, China. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

On a recent study tour of Beijing by the MBA class at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in UCD, the question everyone had to ask aft(...)

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and and then US president Ronald Reagan are seen at the  White House in February 1985.  Photograph/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama has led tributes from world leaders to Margaret Thatcher, saying: “The world has lost one of the great champions of (...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this unauthenticated picture taken last week and released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. REUTERS/KCNA RS

Irish NGO Concern has temporarily suspended its aid work in North Korea due to the increasing threat of war. The suspension takes place with im(...)

An oil derrick at a fracking site for extracting oil outside of Williston, North Dakota. The price of oil rose today after reaching an 8-month low last week.  Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Brent crude rose towards $105 per barrel today as Japan's ambitious plan to stimulate the world's third largest economy is expected to enhance (...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

South Korean Marine K-55 self-propelled howitzers on positions during an exercise against possible attacks by North Korea near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Yes, it’s true - a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. But a “timeout” is also a terrible thing to waste, and as I look at the world today I w(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this picture taken  last week and released by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

Xi Jinping, the president of North Korea’s last remaining significant ally, has put China forward as an honest broker to defuse regional tensio(...)

A South Korean soldier looks to the north through a pair of binoculars at an observation post near the demilitarised zone that separates the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Office workers and shoppers throng the streets of Seoul. The bars and restaurants of downtown Jung-gu are crowded with people winding down for (...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)

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