North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un at last Friday’s missile test launch, which some analysts believe may put the entirety of the United States within range. Photograph: EPA/Korean Central News Agency

A mystery has long surrounded North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. Conventional wisdom holds that the North’s weapons are intended to address(...)

Berkshire Hathaway shareholders watch the company’s annual meeting, at which Buffett and Munger rued several of the tech investments they never made. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

It was with his traditional glib mannerism that Charlie Munger – Berkshire Hathaway vice-chairman and Warren Buffett’s right-hand man – hurled a caval(...)

One of the factors most likely to derail a company’s plans for change is employee resistance: employees may resist the unknown, being dictated to, or management ideas that do not seem feasible.

New-year resolutions almost always fail because people run out of willpower long before the three months required to cement a new habit. This shortco(...)

A man rides a tricycle past an ad for luxury apartments in Beijing. A new book argues that China is not advancing politically or economically. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peterpast

In the autumn of 2017, in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, a group of seven cadres, most likely all men, led by Chinese president Xi(...)

The modern trend for hairlessness is partly blamed on Playboy, which a study  showed moved from pubic hair being visible on models up until the 1980s, to vanishing almost entirely this century.

Since when did pubic hair become so yucky? Sure, it’s wiry, but it is a secondary sex characteristic, for crying out loud. And one that is increasingl(...)

Jackie Kennedy with camera. File photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Jackie Kennedy’s brief career as a photojournalist included interviewing and photographing Irish diplomats in Washington for St Patrick’s Day in 1952,(...)

David Shambaugh’s book challenges many of the assumptions about the seemingly inexorable rise of China as an economic superpower. The product of five (...)

“The data that came in was in 2008 before your collapse. Ireland does well because you were doing well economically.”

A co-author of a 2010 report that ranked Ireland highest on an index of countries most faithful to Islamic economic teachings says the country is lik(...)

Facebook and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in a bitter fight over a US government demand for the contents of hundreds of Facebook accounts.   Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

Facebook and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in a bitter fight over a US government demand for the contents of hundreds of Facebook acco(...)

The country in the world most faithful to the values of the Koran is Ireland according to an Iranian-born academic at George Washingon University in the US.

The country in the world most faithful to the values of the Koran is Ireland according to an Iranian-born academic at George Washingon University i(...)

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