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The gang allegedly charged up to €50,000 to transport Chinese nationals to the US, Britain, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Spain’s government says a joint investigation by Spanish and French police has busted a gang that allegedly was smuggling Chinese citizens into Britai(...)

Carney’s gambit

The Bank of England’s new governor, Mark Carney, has promised to keep interest rates at or below their current level - 0.5 per cent - until Britain’s (...)

Rupert Murdoch,  who controls 70% of metropolitan press daily sales in Australia. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

One of Rupert Murdoch’s biggest money spinners, The Simpsons television show, has sometimes featured curmudgeonly old Mr Burns instructing his ever-su(...)

Word cloud: the words Irish people use most online when talking about supermarkets. The larger the type, the more often the word is used. Source: Olytico

Irish people hate to speak ill of the dead, so the lavish praise heaped on Superquinn this week when the final nail was hammered into its coffin was h(...)

Taking aim: An Irish Army soldier, wearing a German-style helmet, trains in 1939. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

Getting up the noses of the Germans seems to come easily to us. The Anglo Irish Bank man’s sardonic bar of Deutschland Über Alles and the football (...)

Take 3: Hotels for athletes

Sophia Country Club, Sophia Country Club, Sophia-Antipolis, Biot, France.  Pat Cash, Novak Djokovic, Justine Henin and Caroline Wozniac(...)

Prison Officer Brian Stack: murdered by the IRA in 1983

“I want to acknowledge that the IRA was responsible for the death of your father. “I regret that it has taken so long to clarify this matter for you. (...)

Female giant panda Tian Tian in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo on her ninth birthday. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The first giant panda cub to be born in the UK may arrive within weeks.The female giant panda at Edinburgh Zoo may be pregnant, according to keepers.(...)

Privileged access

The influence of the Clearing House Group, composed of executives from the financial industry, accountants and senior civil servants, has again come u(...)

A demonstrator hula hoops among banners in the protest camp by the entrance to a site run by Cuadrilla Resources, outside the village of Balcombe in southern England. Photograph:  Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Britain frequently suffers from a metropolitan virus whereby issues can linger on the margins of southeast England’s consciousness until they have a d(...)

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