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The Apple logo is seen through a fence in front of an Apple Store  in San Francisco, California. A federal judge ruled that Apple conspired with five major book publishers to increase the retail prices of e-books. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

It has been a week of mixed fortunes for tech giant Apple. Yesterday , the maker of iPhones, iPads and Macbooks marked the fifth anniversary of its ap(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad: the Syrian Electronic Army attacked the BBC and Guardian

As cyber concerns cross new technologies and territories it creates a need for a better understanding of the borders of “cyber-space”; a need for “cyb(...)

Sean Dunne, right, walks with his attorney James Berman, left, into Federal Court in New Haven, Connecticut USA, for a meeting with creditors yesterday. Photograph: Steve Miller/The Irish Times

Sean Dunne’s biggest creditors were blocked from questioning the bankrupt developer at a meeting in the US following a new legal complaint filed again(...)

A negative report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child  would be a blow to the Church whose leader, Pope Francis, is striving to put a number of scandals behind him since succeeding Benedict XVI. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A United Nations human rights panel has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests, a potential embarrassmen(...)

Oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic have risen today, with the US benchmark climbing to a 14-month high near $105 per barrel. Photograph:  Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

Oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic have risen today, with the US benchmark climbing to a 14-month high near $105 per barrel, buoyed by a bigger(...)

A truck drives past shipping containers at a port in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. China’s exports fell 3.1 per cent in June from a year ago, the first decline since January 2012. Photograph: William Hong/Reuters.

China has warned of a “grim” outlook for trade as the world’s second-largest economy surprised financial markets by reporting a fall in exports and im(...)

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard: “I think we’re going to move from negative growth this year to positive growth next year.” Photograph: AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta

The International Monetary Fund has slashed its growth forecasts for 2013 and 2014 as it warned of a slowdown in key emerging markets and a more protr(...)

Nama alleges that Seán Dunne omitted from his US bankruptcy case details relating to properties in which he had an interest and the transfer of properties and other assets including a hotel in South Africa and a property in Norfolk, England, to his wife, Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Steve Miller.

The National Asset Management Agency has taken a fresh legal challenge against property developer Sean Dunne in a bid to stop him walking away from de(...)

Transatlantic trade

If truth is the first casualty of war, trust can be the first casualty of negotiations, where mistrust exists that remains unresolved. This week discu(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: said Fianna Fáil was fighting a battle for survival and that was their only concern in raising issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has again insisted he had no involvement in the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, the Catholic mother-of-10 whose body was(...)

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