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Growth in China's vast factory sector dipped in April as new export orders shrank, a preliminary survey of factory managers showed today, sugge(...)

Rice is the staple food for about three billion people worldwide. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Rice imported from some countries contains high levels of lead that could pose a health risk to children, researchers have claimed. (...)

RAPT Touch has secured €4 million of new equity funding in an investment round led by the Ulster Bank Diageo venture fund. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

RAPT Touch, an Irish provider of “multi-touch technology”, has secured € 4 million of new equity funding in an investment round led by the Ulst(...)

Visitors try the iPhone at an Apple Store in Beijing. The company has apologised for its after-sales service after Chinese internet users and state media  criticised the smartphone-maker  over its warranty policy. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has apologised to Chinese consumers and altered iPhone warranty policies in its second largest market after more(...)

Martyn Irvine: fractured his hip in a bad crash in the Tour of Taiwan eight days ago. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight days after fracturing his hip in a bad crash in the Tour of Taiwan, world scratch race champion Martyn Irvine should today get (...)

Vietnamese naval soldiers patrol at Truong Sa Dong island in the Spratly archipelago in January. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all claim territory in the sea, including the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos. Photograph: Quang Le/Reuters

China has stepped up its presence in disputed territories in surrounding oceans with a series of naval drills at the disputed Spratly Islands, (...)

Ready for take-off: the 6,350   working-holiday visas for Canada available to Irish people were allocated within two days. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

At the Working Abroad Expo in the RDS in Dublin this month, mechanics and plumbers lined up alongside bankers and nurses looking for informatio(...)

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