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Shipments of Nokia mobile phones slumped 21 per cent to 55.8 million units, a far steeper decline than the 8 per cent fall that markets expected, with unit sales down in every region. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A sharp fall in sales of Nokia’s basic phones overshadowed a stronger performance from its Lumia smartphones in the first quarter, rekindling f(...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part in an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad, earlier this month. Photograph: Mohanned Faisal/Reuters

The United Nations on has called on Iraq to suspend use of the death penalty after authorities executed 21 people on the same day following th(...)

Burmese Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi observes the view from the 350m high  observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower  in Tokyo today. Ms Suu Kyi is in Japan for a seven-day visit. Photograph: Franck Robichon/Reuters

The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Burma next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the "remarkable process(...)

A woman leaves a Beijing cinema advertising Django Unchained before it was banned. Photograph: AP

It’s lights, camera and action all week in Beijing, as the great and the good of the international film business descend on the Chinese capital(...)

Glencore and Xstrata combined account for roughly 7 per cent of global copper supply. Photograph: Michael Buholzer/Reuters

China's antitrust authorities removed the last obstacle to Glencore's $30 billion takeover of miner Xstrata after the commodities trader agreed(...)

China slows down

News that China’s economic growth rate is falling and set to stay that way is significant and reassuring. The announcement was made officially,(...)

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill/Irish Times

Weak international demand saw the value of Irish exports fall by 10 per cent in February. New figures from the Central Statistics Office(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and labour minister Ursula von der Leyen leaving the plenum of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German analyst and investor sentiment fell sharply in April, hit by fears that a deterioration of the euro zone crisis and a global slowdown, l(...)

Bottles of Actimel yoghurt drinks, produced by Danone SA, sit on a shelf in the chilled section of a supermarket in London. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Danone reported first-quarter sales growth that beat analysts' estimates as strong demand for baby food in emerging markets offset weak dairy s(...)

A worker adjusts a water dispensing device at a chicken farm in Changfeng county, Anhui provinc. The farm says the chickens at the farm are not infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus. According to local media, the price of poultry plunged recently, caused by the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus. Photograph: Reuters

China's poultry sector has recorded losses of more than 10 billion yuan (€1.2 billion) since reports emerged of a new strain of bird flu two we(...)

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