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Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is one of the “worst performers” on a range of social and environmental indicators compared with 15 similar EU countries, a study has revealed(...)

Air Canada:  in recognising its environmental accomplishments, ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions

Air Canada has been named the eco-airline of the year in Air Transport World’s (ATW) 2018 annual achievement awards. In recognising Air Canada’s envir(...)

 Hailemariam Desalegn: “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of viole(...)

Chinese children feed pigeons at Ditan Park in Beijing: a report by the Shanghai Women’s Federation shows over half of households with one child do not want a second. Photograph: Roman Pilipey

When Xu Yan was deciding on whether to take advantage of the loosening of China’s one-child policy and have another baby, financial realities meant sh(...)

The closing address at the four-day Davos conference is due to be given on Friday by Donald Trump, the first sitting US president to attend the annual gathering since 2000. Photograph: Bloomberg

Almost 60 per cent of chief executives globally say they believe economic growth will improve in the next 12 months, amid a surge in US optimism on th(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, US president Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau.

The World Bank lifted its forecast for global growth, predicting the global recovery will continue to gain steam after reaching the fastest clip in si(...)

Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, whose pensions reform plan, already heavily watered down since it was unveiled a year ago, was last week all but abandoned. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

In a bitter historical irony Brazil’s pensions system, originally created to provide a social safety net and so promote greater equality, has morphed (...)

French environment minister  Nicolas Hulot (on the screen) speaking to OECD secretary general Angel Gurria (right)) and Mexico’s secretary of environment  Rafael Pacchiano (second right) during a session  of the One Planet Summit. Photograph: Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron was the first to admit the contrast between the festive atmosphere at the One Planet Summit he convened on Tuesday a(...)

No plan B: the One Planet Summit is being held two years to the day since the landmark Paris accord on climate change was agreed. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

France will push for a European financial-transactions tax to fund the fight against climate change, four French government ministers have said ahead (...)

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist: “People are seeing globalisation as a venue by which rich corporations like Apple and Google can effectively escape taxation while hard-working citizens in France or Germany continue to pay high taxes.” Photograph: Sasha Maslov/New York Times

Ireland’s controversial tax deals with companies such as Apple and Google are part of a corrupt global system, which is fuelling inequality and politi(...)

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