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People walk next to a vehicle damaged by what residents say was a missile fired from the Syrian rebels in the town of Hermel in Bekaa this week. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Turkey said today that any use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would “take the crisis to another level”, but remained c(...)

Research shows that the relationship between a company’s age and its employment creation is consistent. Photograph: Reuters

New firms create more jobs than older firms according to new research by the Central Bank. The new study by Martina Lawless, a(...)

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies  at Palazzo Montecitorio  in Rome.  Today’s northern European countries are running up record current-account surpluses, just as some southern European countries are experiencing Weimar-level unemployment. For Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest economy, the slump is deeper than 80 years ago. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Charles P Kindleberger, the great economic historian, once noted that the Great Depression was so deep and so long because of “British inabilit(...)

 Pay Pal president David Marcus at the official opening of Ebay’s International Operations Centre in Dundalk yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

When we think of money, we tend to picture the tangible cash in our wallets rather than the intangible balance in our bank accounts. But it’s m(...)

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (r) watches as New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly speaks during a news conference to discuss the Boston Marathon bombing suspects plan to come to New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The two men accused of carrying out last week’s bombing of the Boston Marathon planned a second bomb attack on New York’s Times Square, New Yo(...)

Burdened with high debt and facing uncertain prospects, South Korean consumers are tightening their purse strings, dampening hopes that they will lift the economy as exports - the country’s traditional growth driver - splutter. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

South Korea’s economy expanded in the first quarter at its fastest pace in two years, but the central bank report failed to brighten the prospe(...)

A container ship is seen at Southampton Docks in southern England. Britain’s economy dodged a return to recession and grew faster than expected in the first three months of this year, a relief for finance minister George Osborne. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Britain’s economy avoided a triple- dip recession in the first quarter with expansion that exceeded economists’ forecasts and will provide welc(...)

People mourn in front of the remains of their relatives, who died inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, outside Dhaka. Photograph: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Rescuers have found 41 survivors in the debris of a collapsed building in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka and 12 of them have been rescued (...)

US vice president Joe Biden speaks to police officers at memorial services for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Patrol Officer Sean Collier.

The brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon were described as “twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadi(...)

Dr Ger Flaherty (centre) and third-year medicine student Tariq Esmail (right) with speakers at the TedMed Live event at NUI Galway. photograph: aengus mcmahon

What do you get when you cross the Prince of Darkness with a medical conference? You get TedMed: an event in which innovation, imagination and (...)

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