Ryanair was among the main movers in Dublin on Friday.

A surge in German shares helped European equities mark their best first-half performance in over two decades yesterday, with investors awaiting the ou(...)

Rolf Eggenberger, president of district election office Stadtkreis 3, empties a ballot box as his deputy Christoph Holenstein looks on in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to give the country’s laws priority over international law, a move that critics claimed would have deeply damage(...)

The Swiss electorate is voting this weekend on a referendum that  could change the banking system in the country. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

IFSC bankers may struggle to sleep this weekend, so excited will they be at the hope that the result of a referendum in Switzerland could do wonders f(...)

Where does the money come from? Money created by a central bank is legal tender, while deposits with commercial banks represent a claim on central ba(...)

Boom time: The aftermath of nuclear war has always been fertile ground for post-apocalyptic films, novels and TV series. Photograph: RomoloTavani/Getty Images

In January 1962, the cover of Esquire magazine trailed a feature on the influence of then US president John F Kennedy on men’s fashion, including his (...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont  is applauded after  addressing the region’s parliament in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The Spanish cabinet has met to work out its response to an announcement from the head of the wealthy Catalonia region that he was proceeding with a de(...)

British advertising giant WPP said it was assessing the situation. Photograph: Benjamin Fathers /AFP/Getty

A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian(...)

Vietnam’s 22 million work-age women spend 110 million hours a year on unpaid care work, equal to more than 13 million working days.

In AD 40, the warrior sisters Trung Trac and Trung Nhi led a host that defeated the Han Chinese dynasty trying to dominate Vietnam. Two thousand years(...)

File photo showing 21 Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram in October. Photograph: Getty

A group of 82 girls held captive for three years by Islamist militants arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Sunday after they were released in (...)

Lindt’s global output also includes 140 million gold-foil wrapped chocolate rabbits a year

The run-up to Easter is a busy time at the Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory just outside Zurich, the sort of blend of modernity and tradition to(...)

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