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A statement on behalf of Smyths said it has “entered into a definitive agreement” to buy the tri-country Toys R Us unit, including its head office in Cologne

Smyths Toys, the Mayo family-owned retailing group, will almost double in size after agreeing a huge deal to buy rival, Toys R Us, in Germany, Austria(...)

Ion was one of two potential suitors looking to break up Fidessa’s proposed deal with Temenos. Photograph: iStock

Ion Investment Group has agreed to buy UK rival Fidessa in a deal worth £1.5 billion (€1.7 billion), with the British trading technology group accepti(...)

 CIA director Mike Pompeo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  and US president Donald Trump. Trump’s new-found enthusiasm for meeting a leader he once mocked as “little Rocket Man” is bewildering. Photograph: Reuters

The speed at which preparations for a possible meeting between Donald Trump and his long-time adversary Kim Jong-un have unfolded has taken seasoned f(...)

The Chinese Government is extending visa-free access to Hainan to make the destination more popular.

The annual list of the most expensive cities to do business in for 2018 was announced this week. New York, as ever, topped the list. However, three Sw(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett with more than 500 migrants on board during its operations in the Mediterranean in 2016.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is returning to the Mediterranean as part of the European Union’s efforts to disrupt people smuggling and also to rescue migran(...)

A Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin  at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow in 2012. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of the most extraordinary crimes of Putin-era Russia, has seen the deaths of some of those who have tried to inquire into it, and has led to(...)

The Naked House: it was transported to site in a container and erected in 24 hours

Growing up we had the quintessential Aussie shack. Dad built it from the ground up with planks from a nearby mill. Inside it was lined with cut-price (...)

Brexit: the UK’s departure has led to a renewed spirit of togetherness among the remaining EU members. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

There’s an inescapable link between the discussion of Brexit and that of the future ethos and shape of the EU of 27. But does that necessary link make(...)

Former  Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont: allowed to go free from Neumünster prison after paying €75,000 in bail. Photograph: Martti Kainulainen/AFP/Getty Images

A German court has ruled out extraditing former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on the charge of rebellion and agreed to release him from custody(...)

Hervé Falciani, the whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC’s Swiss private bank.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Hervé Falciani, the whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC’s Swiss private bank, is facing extradition from Spain to Switzerland after he was ar(...)

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