Swiss work habits are most similar to Americans’, while Italians are the least likely to be at work, putting in 29 per cent fewer hours per year than Americans do. The Irish however are somewhere in between; with an average of 22.2 hours worked per week, they are harder working than the French (19.3 hours); Germans (20.2) and British (22), but more lax than the Danes (22.7), Portuguese (22.7) and of course, Americans (26.1).

Americans are addicted to their jobs. US workers not only put in more hours than workers do almost anywhere else. They’re also increasingly retiring (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd right) inspecting a newly built Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in Wonsan in Kangwon province. Since taking over North Korea’s leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, Kim has removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges. Photograph: KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s spy agency says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year who were accused of challeng(...)

 Royal Australian Air Force Loadmasters,  launch a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photograph: Leading Seaman Justin Brown/Royal Australian Air Force/EPA

Airlines routinely use satellites to provide Wi-Fi for passengers. But for years they have failed to use a similar technology for a far more b(...)

A screen capture from North Korea’s Korean Central Television (KCTV) Broadcasting Station  shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek  being arrested during an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un ousted his uncle and de facto deputy for abuse of power, corruption and gambling away foreign currency, in the hig(...)

An undated still image taken from video footage  of US citizen Kenneth Bae. North Korea sentenced Mr  Bae to 15 years hard labour today for what it said were crimes against the state, a move that may see him used as a bargaining chip in talks with Washington.  Photograph: Yonhap/Reuters

The United States plans to call on North Korea to grant amnesty to Kenneth Bae, a US citizen sentenced to 15 years hard labour for what Pyongya(...)

A soldier stands guard at a sentry post, at the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Photograph: Jacky Chen/Reuters

North Korea pledged today to restart a nuclear reactor which can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by n(...)

A South Korean soldier patrols as South Korean trucks leave the South's customs, immigration and quarantine office near the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial complex in North Korea, just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

South Korean president Park Geun-hye said today there would be strong and swift military response to any North Korean provocation without regard to(...)