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A customer uses a Bitcoin ATM in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator

It’s been called the “queen of cryptocurrencies” and the biggest bubble in the world. Bitcoin, launched in January 2009, has gained astonishing moment(...)

Republican US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan on  November 9th, 2016. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

NOV 2016 -JAN 2017 Nov 8th 2016 As polls close around the US, it becomes clear that Donald Trump is heading for victory. Shortly before 3am in the H(...)

Talking Britain up in Washington - UK chancellor Philip Hammond

Leaders of the financial world gathered in Washington this week for the annual World Bank-IMF autumn meetings with something of a spring in their step(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), arrives ahead of a Eurogroup meeting of European finance ministers in Luxembourg . Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The head of the European Central Bank defended a pledge to keep interest rates at rock bottom, batting back German calls for a speedy exit from years (...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde speaks at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday, as the organisation expressed concern about a growing debt pile in G20 countries.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund has warned that good times in the global economy mask longer-term risks, including a $135 trillion debt pile in G20 na(...)

Visitors arrive to attend an exhibition highlighting China’s achievements under five years of leadership by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Exhibition Hall in Beijing.  Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

A glistening fleet of “Rejuvenation” bullet trains, the Liaoning aircraft carrier, an artificial island in the South China Sea, leaders at the G20 me(...)

Ivanka Trump, daughter and assistant to US president Donald Trump. “Whether my contribution ultimately lives up to the expectations of some of the harshest critics? Only time will tell.” Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

At sundown on August 12th, about 24 hours after neo-Nazis marched in the streets of Charlottesville, wielding torches and chanting “Jews will not repl(...)

Cengiz Topbasli stands in front of a poster depicting the jailed co-chairs of the pro-Kurdish HDP, Figen Yüksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas. Photograph: Stephen Starr

When Sinan Mehmetoglu graduated from university with a degree in architecture in June, underneath his garb he wore a T-shirt depicting a photo of his (...)

 Russian  president Vladimir Putin with US president Donald Trump  at  the   G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7th. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

The White House has confirmed a previously undisclosed meeting between President Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin took place at the G20 su(...)

Michelle Walsh at Lake Alster in Hamburg:  ‘Amidst all the industry and the ships and the high-rise buildings, there are beach clubs and river side restaurants and concerts that soften this industrial vista.’

After two years of perennial sunshine, sticky humidity and negotiating my way through the cultural labyrinth that is Africa, I decided it was time for(...)

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