President-elect of the United States, Donald J Trump, and his wife Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews the day before his swearing in. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come to the National Mall to witness Mr Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Getty Images

Donald J Trump, the New York property mogul and reality television star, will today appear before his biggest audience as he is sworn in as the 45th p(...)

Lyft appears to have kept a promise it made to investors last year that monthly losses wouldn’t exceed $50 million

Lyft, the second-largest ride-hailing start-up in the US behind Uber, lost about $600 million last year while increasing revenue 250 per cent, accordi(...)

A number of women’s rights activists became international figures after their arrest early last year for their social advocacy. Far left,  Li Maizi.  Photograph: Free Chinese Feminists page, Facebook

For Li Maizi, one of the five women’s rights activists who became international figures after their arrest early last year for their social advocacy, (...)

Female pilot Yu Xu (30), one of the first Chinese female fighter jet pilots, who died in an accident during  flight training in November. Some women  are excelling and breaking out of traditional gender norms.(Photograph:  VCG)

In 1968, as the Cultural Revolution wrought chaos and ideological frenzy across China, Chairman Mao proclaimed “Women hold up half the sky”, a phrase(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump speaking during a “USA Thank You” tour event in Cincinatti on Thursday and  Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Trump spoke on Friday with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. Photograph: AP

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after US president-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with president Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan. Beijing blam(...)

Researcher Kevin Munger looked at anti-black racist slurs by white men on Twitter

The last week or so has not been good for social media; it has variously been described as an echo chamber in which we cosy up to like-minded individu(...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manheim, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid pa(...)

Emily Mark-FitzGerald,  who moved to Ireland from California in 2002 and works as a lecturer at the UCD school of art history and cultural policy, with her  sons

Leading a group of energetic Peruvians around south Dublin is hardly inconspicuous – particularly Peruvians who live in California and regard public (...)

An usher gestures as China’s President Xi Jinping arrives to deliver his closing statement at the G20 summit in Hangzhou last week. Under Mr  Xi, China has seen increased persecution of human rights lawyers and civil society reformers, with tighter control of the internet and the media. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

China’s Communist Party-run courts have strengthened their system of legal checks and balances and are making progress on human rights, despite ongoin(...)

Apple in Cork: the US government escalated the dispute this week over what Washington sees as the unfair targeting of American multinationals and their tax arrangements with individual EU members states. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The US Treasury’s missive, fired at the EU Commission warning about the effect of its antitrust investigations into Irish tax arrangements of Apple an(...)

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