Vehicles run on a main road in Beijing, China, on Wednesday. China’s GDP rose 12.7% year on year in the first half of 2021, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s economy grew slightly more slowly than expected in the second quarter, weighed down by higher raw material costs and new Covid-19 outbreaks, a(...)

The cost for an ordinary family in China to raise a child is about 1.99 million yuan (€255,000), according to local Chinese media. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s population grew at its slowest since the 1950s as births declined in the last decade, sowing doubt over Beijing’s ability to power its economy(...)

A Hollister store in Beijing: China’s GDP rose 3.2 per cent in the second quarter. Photograph: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter after a deep slump at the start of the year, but domestic consumption and investment remained(...)

A cleaner walks through a deserted outlet centre in Brisbane, Australia.  Photograph: Dan Peled/EPA

Australia will suffer its biggest economic contraction since the 1930s in the first half of 2020 due to coronavirus-driven mobility restrictions, the (...)

A nurse tends to a patient in the intensive care unit of the Covid-19 department of the Policlinic of Tor Vergata in Rome on Friday. Photograph: Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP

The number of deaths worldwide linked to coronavirus reached 150,000 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally. The first death came in the central Chi(...)

Wall Street stocks took just 16 days to tumble 20 per cent from their record high, easily eclipsing the previous record for swiftest fall into a bear market that was set in 1929 at 44 days

Bruised investors closed the books on the biggest quarterly drop for US equities since the financial crisis on Tuesday, as a late sell-off in the fina(...)

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Dublin’s Iseq index and wider European equities markets rose on Tuesday as investors took hope from news that China, ground zero of the coronavirus pa(...)

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(...)

An employee working on the production line of an electronics factory in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. Photograph: Reuters

China’s economy grew at a steady 6.4 per cent pace in the first quarter, defying expectations for a further slowdown, as industrial production jumped (...)

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Kenya plans discussions with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet to begin flying to the East African nation famous for its beaches and safar(...)

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