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Cho Hyun-Shick, president of Hankook Tire,  during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, yesterday.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Hankook Tire is poised to build its first US plant in a move to bolster its presence in the world’s second largest car market, as the South Korean tyr(...)

PetroChina Co storage tanks  in Singapore - China’s corruption watchdog opened a probe into Jiang Jiemin,  former chairman of China National Petroleum Corp. Photographer: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s high-level corruption inquiry continues to spread its net as authorities investigate Jiang Jiemin, the former chairman (...)

Australian housing prices faltered in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis but decisive government intervention arrested the decline and a renewed spurt of house price growth resulted. Photographer: Patrick Hamilton/Bloomberg

Picture the headlines: “Rates cut won’t inflate housing bubble”, “Policy risks home bubble” and “Fears property market running too hot”. Not a Reeling(...)

Ikea chief executive Peter Agnefjäll said he was hoping to increase the number of annual store openings from five this year, a figure he called a “record low”. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Ikea’s new chief executive has rowed back on his predecessor’s pledge to double the pace of store openings, underlining a power shift at the world’s l(...)

Protesters from leftist parties shout slogans during a demonstration against military strikes on the Syrian government and to show their support for the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, after Friday prayers in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Majed Jaber/Reuters

UN inspectors yesterday visited a military hospital in Damascus to interview soldiers said to have been affected by a chemical attack by rebels or fun(...)

Zhou Yongkang: he is   one notch higher in Communist Party power structure than recently convicted Bo Xilai

China’s corruption crackdown is set to claim its most senior scalp to date, with the news that Zhou Yongkang, the former security czar who sat on the (...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said today there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the Syrian government used poison gas against its citizen(...)

Gardaí believe the drugs trade has begun to rally having been hit hard since the 2008 economic collapse

The biggest Garda drugs raid of the year to date has seen 120 members of the force move in and search premises linked to Irish and foreign gangs invol(...)

HHHYou will be unsurprised to hear that this documentary on the trials of Tibet does not argue in favour of China’s continued occupation of that count(...)

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