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World stocks rose to near five-year highs yesterday, boosted by news that China was moving to support its cooling economy, while the dollar fell to on(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has achieved his goal to win control of the upper house of parliament in weekend elections. This gives him a secure(...)

“On Wall Street, a culture of greed just won’t let go”, the New York Times headlined last week, following the publication of a survey of attitudes to (...)

H anoi, capital of Vietnam, for years was one of the economic success stories of Asia, but lately it has been struggling to deal with sluggish economi(...)

The widespread delisting of Chinese companies in recent months, in many cases because of fraudulent behaviour, has investors rethinking their due di(...)

Johnny Ronan (left) and Richard Barrett, former owners of property developer Treasury Holdings.  It is understood that KBC Bank Ireland, another major creditor of Treasury, will also receive millions of euro as part of the settlements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Asset Management Agency is set to receive up to €100 million as a result of agreements relating to bust Irish property developer Treasury(...)

Philips has been selling off much of its consumer electronics business over the past 18 months - divesting its television, audio and video operations.

Philips said orders at its healthcare division – now its most profitable after a strategic overhaul – rose more than expected in the second quarter t(...)

People stand outside their homes after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Dingxi, Gansu province. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

An earthquake in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu killed at least 75 people and injured 584, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The 6(...)

Hydro-electric: accounted for 26 per cent of new renewable capacity in 2012

Developing countries are now investing almost as much as developed countries in renewable energy, with 46 per cent of the global total in 2012, accor(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party speaks to voters atop a van while campaigning for the election. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won a decisive victory in an upper house election today, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for(...)

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