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74 Grand Street: New York’s Board of Standards and Appeals raised concerns about size of the backyard proposed for a new five-storey building.

Lawyers for a development company controlled by the son of bankrupt builder Seán Dunne ha(...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)

Lily Cole, who says working in fashion opened her eyes to thinking about economics as a vehicle for change Photograph: John Lamparski/WireImage

Lily Cole is an unlikely Don Quixote for the 21st century. The 26-year-old English model and actor has appeared in big budget films and on the (...)

An Afghan woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kabul yesterday. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to significantly disrupt the vote has raised qu(...)

Marquetta Goodwine, known by the Gullah/Geechee people as Queen Quet: “The language hasn’t gone. I like to say that it has just been hidden in plain view.”

On Monday, January 14th, 2013, a curious thing happened at the US Supreme Court – one of the court’s nine justices spoke. That might not seem u(...)

CIA director John Brennan

It is five years since US president Barack Obama ended the controversial renditions, interrogations and detention programme led by the Central (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly received a mandate from Cabinet to prepare legislation five months ago. Following interventions by US  politicians, the lobbies’ letter marks an escalation of US resistance to the measure. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A coalition of powerful American business lobbies has urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to scrap(...)

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY The rate of jobs growth in Ireland’s post-crash economy is confounding economists, not least because it is coinciding (...)

Move  is seen as a first step towards Nama forcing a sale of the centre owned by Joe O’Reilly’s Castlethorn Construction, an associate of Chartered Land. Photograph: Frank Miller

DAN KEENAN The National Asset Management Agency has taken control of all loans connected with the Dundrum Town Centre(...)

Michael Lewis, author of a new book on high-speed trading, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Photograph: Tabitha Soren/Handout/Reuters

The US Justice Department is investigating high-speed trading for possible insider trading, attorney general Eric Holder told lawmakers on Fri(...)

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