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The indicator for growth in the euro zone has been gradually increasing over the past few months. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Growth is picking up in most industrialised countries, including in the euro zone, the OECD said today, with the United States leading the way.(...)

Women withdraw money from ATMs at a branch of the Bank of Cyprus at Eleftheria square in Nicosia late last month. Major depositors in Cyprus's biggest bank will lose around 60 percent of savings over €100,000, its central bank confirmed on Saturday.

Paradise Lost is the tale of Russians in Cyprus. “Russians” – Russian speakers, n(...)

Under a law introduced by Vladimir Putin’s government last year, NGOs in Russia which receive funding from abroad are obliged to register as “foreign agents” – a term which for many Russians suggests espionage.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Europe’s main democracy watchdog has called on Russia to end a wave of raids on non-governmental groups and urged it to find the people (...)

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(...)

Opposition supporters hold a rally in central Moscow  demanding the release of anti-government activists. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Hundreds of Russians have rallied to demand the release from jail of anti-government activists. The protest comes as an (...)

Corkermore wind farm  in Dunkineely, Co Donegal. Photograph: David Sleator

Plans to pepper the Irish midlands with giant wind turbines exporting the electricity they generate to Britain are not driven only by Tory conc(...)

Small Box Psychosis/ The Last Crusader TheatreUpstairs, Dublin ** “Claustrum,” says one character in the second play (...)

Participants from the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany start talks with Iranian negotiators in Almaty today. Photograph: Ilyas Omarov/Pool/Reuters

World powers and Iran still appear far apart today as negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme aimed at calming tensions could boil over into(...)

Former billionaire Sean Quinn.

A Ukrainian district court has upheld a Belfast court’s ruling that declared a chain of debt assignments worth $45 million ove(...)

People withdrawing their savings recently from a Laiki bank machine in Athens, while newspapers bear headlines about the Cypriot crisis.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki

It will take considerable time before the full ramifications of the recent Cypriot deal are known. However, some commentators have suggested th(...)

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