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The Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan is reluctant to push too hard, for reasons what will be familiar to Irish readers. Many banks provide a lifeline to ageing communities and help prop up tottering companies

The history of the ATM includes a footnote in Asia: a Japanese company supposedly developed the first cash machine in the mid-1960s. Japan’s record of(...)

A man fills up the tank in Cairo on June 29th, 2017. Egypt has raised fuel prices three times since austerity was adopted in 2015. Photograph:  Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptians and Jordanians have responded in starkly contrasting fashion to fresh austerity measures introduced as the price of loans from the Internati(...)

 John Coolahan, a pivotal figure in Irish education policy for more than 50 years,  has died. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Professor John Coolahan, a pivotal figure in Irish education policy for more than 50 years, has died. He was an academic, a researcher, an author, a(...)

Advertisers will be keen to target owners of autonomous cars who will have nothing else to do behind the wheel

On the face of it, there’s only good news here. Autonomous cars are very much the coming thing, and they represent a potential future for motoring tha(...)

Vote No: “We are being sold a false narrative that our laws on pregnancy and abortion need to be updated.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Imagine for a moment that a pair of smartly-dressed young men come knocking at your door. Apparently, they’ve noticed your roof is badly in need of re(...)

The Chinese Government is extending visa-free access to Hainan to make the destination more popular.

The annual list of the most expensive cities to do business in for 2018 was announced this week. New York, as ever, topped the list. However, three Sw(...)

A competitor takes part in the Nile River Festival 2018 on the Nile Special wave in Uganda. A new dam will flood the wave by the end of the year. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Nile Special is unlike any other wave in the world. It forms on a rapid on the upper section of the Nile river in Uganda where the water is warm and t(...)

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(...)

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