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A container area at Ningbo port, Zhejiang province. China saw a forecast-busting 14.1 per cent year on year surge in imports which eclipsed export growth of 10 per cent, signalling that domestic demand was gathering the steam needed to drive economic recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Brent crude futures have steadied around $106 per barrel after China's total imports surged in March, suggesting that recovery in the world's n(...)

Japan Self-Defence Forces soldiers refuel a unit of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo today. Japan has also deployed Aegis radar-equipped destroyers carrying Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in response to North Korea's threats, according to its government. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

South Koreans braced for the "very high" chance of a North Korean missile test as soon as today as a top American military commander said the t(...)

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has launched a monetary policy revolution. He has ended two decades of caution, during which the bank declared itself helpless to end deflation.

Haruhiko Kuroda, the new governor of the Bank of Japan, has launched a monetary policy revolution. He has ended two decades of caution, during (...)

The complaint comes as the European Commission’s antitrust chief, Joaquin Almunia, continues an investigation into Google’s dominance

Fairsearch Europe, a group including rivals Microsoft, claims the Android operating system is a “deceptive way” to dominate the search market. (...)

Irish Dairy Board finance director Donal Buggy, chief executive Kevin Lane, and chairman Vincent Buckley at the publication of the IDB’s Full Year Results 2012 report today.

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is considering acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa in the next 12 months after the group reported a tu(...)

Brent crude futures rose above $105 per barrel today after data showed lower China inflation. Photo: NYT

Brent crude futures rose above $105 per barrel today after data showed China's inflation in March was slower than expected, giving its central (...)

A South Korean soldier checks media vehicles  before they go to South's CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine), just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Lim Byong-sik/Yonhap/Reuters

North Korea intensified threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and the South today, warning foreigners to evacuate South Korea t(...)

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 (...)

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