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The Apple Card charges retailers high transaction fees and reinvests some of the money in rewards, reinforcing an antiquated and expensive US payments market. Photograph:   Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Although it is easy to be distracted by shiny objects such as the new Apple Card, the biggest news in payments last week was a sober announcement from(...)

 Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky: had pleaded not guilty, along with two others, to the charges.  Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

US rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted in Sweden on Wednesday of assault over a Stockholm street brawl, but spared time in jail after a high-profile tria(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused the authorities of holding them in solitary confinement, sexual assault and administering beatings and electric shocks. Photograph: Reuters

A prominent Saudi women’s rights activist has rejected an offer that would see her freed in return for agreeing to sign and record a statement saying (...)

Norwegian Air said on Tuesday that it was ceasing its transatlantic services from Ireland. Photograph: iStock

With the announcement on Tuesday that Norwegian Air was ending its transatlantic routes from Ireland in September, the era of budget airlines flying t(...)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg  on board the Malizia II  yacht at the Mayflower Marina in Plymouth on Tuesday, ahead of her journey across the Atlantic to New York where she will attend the UN climate action summit next month. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist, climbed nimbly aboard the Malizia II, the racing yacht that will set sail on Wednesday afternoon whe(...)

Alan Walsh, chief executive of IPL Plastics. Formerly known as One51, the company  provides packaging solutions primarily in the food, consumer, agricultural, logistics and environmental end markets. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish packaging manufacturer IPL Plastics returned to the black in the first half of the year in spite of a 5 per cent decline in revenues. The liste(...)

Britain’s former chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond: called for ‘smooth and orderly’ Brexit. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Boris Johnson would commit a betrayal of the referendum if he enacted a no-deal Brexit by listening to the “unelected” saboteurs “who pull the strings(...)

Germany’s output fell 0.1 per cent in the second quarter from the previous three months, meaning annualised output growth slowed to 0.4 per cent in the year to June - its slowest for six years. Photograph: iStock

The German economy shrank in the three months to June as trade tensions weighed on its export-heavy manufacturing sector and intensified the pressure (...)

A picture taken on November 9, 2011 shows buildings at a military base in the small town of Nyonoska in Arkhangelsk region. - Russia’s nuclear agency chief on August 12th confirmed that five scientists killed last week were developing “new weapons” and vowed to continue testing despite the explosion. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russian authorities announced the evacuation of the village nearest to the site of a nuclear accident in northern Russia on Tuesday, suggesting danger(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping. Mr Trump earlier this month Trump vowed to impose a 10 per cent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports from September 1st. File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

China reported a raft of unexpectedly weak July data on Wednesday, including a surprise drop in industrial output growth to a more than 17-year low, u(...)

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