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A TV screen in a St Petersburg pool hall shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/The Irish Times

The White House has called on Russia to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden without delay, saying Moscow has a “clear legal basis” for h(...)

In a week in which it unveiled the world’s thinnest smartphone, the Android-based Ascend P6, and as Washington is buzzing over revelations by whistle-(...)

China is easily dismissed as a laggard when it comes to innovation, but now a university in central China has come up with the world’s fastest superco(...)

Children walk home from school to a housing project in Chongqing, the fastest growing city for dollar multi-millionaires in China between 2007 and 2012. Photograph: Justin JinNew York Times

Everyone, of course, has heard of Beijing and Shanghai, and both have growing reputations as places where wealthy Chinese now live. But lesser known c(...)

Here’s one that will be of interest to Irish dairy firms which have been busy in China in the last few months, especially in the infant formula area.C(...)

An empty passenger seat believed to be reserved by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seen on a plane to Cuba in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

The United States is urging Russia to expel spy agency leaker Edward Snowden to the US to face justice, the White House said tonight.US officials are (...)

The Ecuadorean ambassador to Russia’s car stands outside Sheremetyevo airport, near Moscow, as journalists await  the arrival of Edward Snowden yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr

The intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden will today attempt to complete an audacious escape to the relative safety of South America after his de(...)

European Union trade commissioner Karel de Gucht: issued warning on duty if no deal can be brokered

The EU and China have agreed the broad outlines for a possible settlement to their trade dispute over solar panels but must still wrestle with the det(...)

Well-placed Government sources said Minister for Defence Alan Shatter would bring a Green Paper on defence to Cabinet next Tuesday, the first official step in the review of defence policy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is set to embark on a formal review of its defence policy, a process with potential for friction between Fine Gael and Labour over the (...)

A woman wearing a mask walks past the CCTV building during severe pollution on January 23rd this year in Beijing. There is growing public anger about pollution in China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Serious polluters in China could face the death penalty as authorities this week stepped up the courts’ judicial powers to punish companies who commit(...)

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