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Strong workers’ rights, institutions and a dynamic business environment have helped the Republic to maintain its competitiveness ranking for the secon(...)

Workers stand outside a commercial building to use their phones and smoke during a break in Hong Kong. In banning e-cigarettes, Hong Kong joins Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay and 24 other countries. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Any plans Big Tobacco had to gain a bigger stake in the Hong Kong market went up in smoke after the territory’s chief executive Carrie Lam made the su(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Andy Wong/Pool via Reuters

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi accused the US of making a direct attack on the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies as secretary (...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo talks with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha before their meeting   in Seoul on Sunday. Photograph: Ahn Young-Joon-Pool/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo agreed to arrange a second leaders summit “as soon as possible”, and discussed p(...)

 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

Patrick Collison, chief executive of Stripewith John Collison, president and co-founder. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Online payments company Stripe has announced its fourth global engineering hub, with Singapore joining Seattle, Dublin and San Francisco. The firm, (...)

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, pauses while speaking during the UN general assembly meeting in New York on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani exchanged taunts at the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday with Mr Trump vowin(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks at the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump urged the international community to join the United States in isolating Iran as he denounced the Iranian regime as the worl(...)

The Irish countryside is many things – cold, wet, grey, green, remote, wet, barren, cow-filled, morose, stoney, wet, brown... Photograph: iStock Photo

We live in a listy time and much of the content we consume comes broken into digestible chunks and helpfully numbered so we can rank its importance mo(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in shakes hands  with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before their summit at the Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Photograph:  Pyeongyang Press Corps/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed confidence that progress would come in talks with the US about denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, as (...)

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