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The US is awaiting all official UN translations of the UN Arms Trade Treaty before signing it, US secretary of state John Kerry has said in a statement. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Minister of State for Development Joe Costello said it had been hoped the US would sign the first treaty to regulate the $70 billion (€53.6 billion) g(...)

European firms are downbeat on profit and revenue growth in China because of rising labour costs and regulatory barriers, the European Union Chamber o(...)

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is the world’s number one destination city for travel, according to MasterCard, edging out London by about 25,000 vi(...)

Rescue workers and fire trucks at the site of a fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in Dehui, Jilin province, China, today, in which 119 people are so far known to have died. Photograph: Wang Haofei/Xinhua/Reuters

A blaze at a locked poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China killed at least 119 people earlier today, with several still unaccounted for, officials (...)

Despite record youth unemployment levels throughout much of the continent, several major firms operating in Europe still claim they are facing a massi(...)

A damaged mosque is seen in Qusair village. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

Hizbullah guerrillas fought a deadly battle with Syrian rebels in Lebanon’s eastern border region today, security sources said, in the latest eruption(...)

Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during round three of the Nordea Scandinavian Masters at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen moved to the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard with a seven-under-par round of 65 as overnight leader Matteo Manassero slip(...)

Construction work at Anning on the Burma-China oil and gas pipeline, which will run for nearly 800km from   Yunnan province to the Indian Ocean at the Bay of Bengal.  Photograph:  Clifford Coonan

Not far from Kunming in southwest China, building work is nearing completion on a €1.9 billion pipeline which will ship oil and gas from Burma to ener(...)

H ome of the Peking duck, but also host to Cantonese dim sum, spicy Sichuan hotpot and even Marco Polo’s commandeered pizza, Beijing’s chefs still chu(...)

Rescued: firefighters and doctors carefully snip Baby 59 from the toilet pipe. Photograph: Reuters

The baby’s face, when the doctors delicately snipped back the toilet pipe in which he was trapped, was pale, but peaceful. He seemed almost oblivious (...)

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