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McDonald’s, above in Shenzhen, China, is to open its first outlet in Vietnam in 2014, joining companies such as Starbucks which arrived there this year

The opening of a McDonald’s restaurant has become an iconic moment in the opening up of a country, and Vietnam’s first Golden Arches is planned to ope(...)

Matthew E White: ’Ironically, I think making Big Inner and recording with very specific structures in mind was freedom in a way for me from how I used to play with free jazz’

Back in the day, Matthew E White was a free jazz kind of guy. For 10 years or so, this was his musical religion. The freewheeling, unstructured, impro(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspect a farm under the Korean People's Army.`The place most likely to have a 10 per cent growth story is North Korea,' says author Joe Studwell

There’s a 500kg gorilla in the corner of the room when discussing Asia’s remarkable rise over the past few decades: why has the success has been so un(...)

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

Carbery Group’s flavours unit Synergy yesterday unveiled its new plant in Bangkok which will form the basis for its expansion plans in Thailand(...)

 A cloud rises from an explosion  near the Syrian village of Al’ Rafide at the border with Israel in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Turkey today criticised Israel for launching air strikes on  targets near the Lebanon/Syria border. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today condemned Israeli air strikes on targets near Damascus, saying they were an opportunity for Syrian(...)

Sales at Nestl€, the world’s largest food company, rose 4.3 per cent to 21.9 billion Swiss francs (€18 billion). Photograph: Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini

Nestlé’s first-quarter sales growth undershot rival Danone’s after some retailers in Asia cut inventories back to match poor demand, and the de(...)

Glencore and Xstrata combined account for roughly 7 per cent of global copper supply. Photograph: Michael Buholzer/Reuters

China's antitrust authorities removed the last obstacle to Glencore's $30 billion takeover of miner Xstrata after the commodities trader agreed(...)

Lisheen Mine in Co Tipperary, where Mario Francis (49)  was killed in a rock fall on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The body of the mine-worker killed in an underground rockfall on Thursday will be repatriated to his native Philippines(...)

Vietnamese naval soldiers patrol at Truong Sa Dong island in the Spratly archipelago in January. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all claim territory in the sea, including the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos. Photograph: Quang Le/Reuters

China has stepped up its presence in disputed territories in surrounding oceans with a series of naval drills at the disputed Spratly Islands, (...)

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