Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: Each country is hoping for a dramatic – and unlikely – win over the other. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA handout, Lucas Jackson/Reuters

When Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian who has studied crises and breakthroughs dating to the earliest cold war arms races, tried to imagine the p(...)

Special-purpose vehicles are part of Ireland’s offering to financial firms looking to move from London ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Photograph: iStock

Ireland remains the euro zone’s largest centre for financial special-purpose vehicles (SPVs), data from the European Central Bank (ECB) showed on Frid(...)

 North Korean   leader Kim Jong-un at a missile test centre in North Korea. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/The New York Times

Three years ago, former US president Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missi(...)

If the storm of publicity that followed the closure of Clerys was “unmerited and distressing”, it was entirely self-inflicted. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maurice Bracken, who worked for Clerys for more than 30 years before the staff were turfed out when the building was sold last June, tells an interest(...)