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People walk along the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong, in downtown Shanghai. The nightmare scenario for China’s leaders as they try to wean the country off a diet of easy credit and breakneck expansion is a local government buckling under the weight of its own debt. Photograph: Carlos Baria/Reuters

China will start a nationwide audit of government debt this week as the new Communist Party leadership investigates the threats to growth and the fina(...)

European stocks were little changed near a seven-week high for the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Photo: Bloomberg

European stocks were little changed near a seven-week high for the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index. US index futures were also little changed, while (...)

In his twice-yearly report to Congress on monetary policy, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke  said the Fed’s bond- buying programme would cease by mid-2014, but stressed the plan was not set in stone. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave a modest boost to stock markets around the world yesterday, by reassuring that the US central bank’s mon(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad: the Syrian Electronic Army attacked the BBC and Guardian

As cyber concerns cross new technologies and territories it creates a need for a better understanding of the borders of “cyber-space”; a need for “cyb(...)

Yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note last week jumped by the biggest percentage in a decade as US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank might scale back its bond-buying. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

The recovery in global banks’ balance sheets is under threat from a surge in bond yields, according to senior bank executives and analysts.Banks have (...)

The Central Park office park in Leopardstown Photograph: Alan Betson

The National Asset Management Agency is preparing to offload south Dublin’s most valuable suburban office complex, Central Park at Leopardstown, Dubli(...)

Royalty Pharma has offered to buy Elan for $6.7
billion, a bid Elan’s board rejected earlier in the week

European shares finished firmer yesterday, supported by signs of merger and acquisition activity in the region and by weak US economic data backing th(...)

HSBC put hundreds of homeowners at greater risk of losing their properties by failing to file paperwork to initiate settlement talks, New York state p(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Irish stock market was closed for the bank holiday, but elsewhere in Europe, equities picked up where they had left off before the weekend – on a (...)

Better than expected earnings results saw markets across the globe advance yesterday

Better than expected earnings results saw markets across the globe advance yesterday, bringing the Irish market with them. (...)

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