Spain’s export-led recovery loses momentum

Trade deficit is ballooning again, rising 80 per cent

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Commerce a casualty of Sino-Japanese spats

Ties increasingly fraught amid territorial and economic battles

Xi’s Latin trip puts trade before ideology

Washington fears over Chinese president’s visit are overblown

Rise of Isis shakes Arab world

Surge of al-Qaeda’s offshoot leaves society questioning itself

Putin’s chief weapon is destabilising Kiev

Moscow is undermining the east to keep Ukraine within its orbit

Beware Japan’s nuclear safety myth

Debate on future energy needs must be wider

Cheerful Pope ready to reform Vatican

Pontiff shows decisiveness in seeking to overhaul Holy See

China takes senior role in trade talks

Country starts to pull away from other big emerging economies

‘Brexit’ likely to hit Anglo-Irish relations

Britain’s departure from Europe would be the biggest foreign policy challenge for Ireland since 1998

Partisan split ends migration reform hope

Seeds of failure planted with Reagan’s 1986 legislation

Australia risks isolation on carbon policy

Canberra’s move puts it at odds with its G20 partners

No winners in S Africa’s mining shake-up

Working out full impact of strike will take time

Xi anti-graft drive has become a purge

President’s signature campaign appears to have spilled into something potentially destabilising

Argentina in game of chicken over debt

Fernández has sworn never to succumb to holdouts’ ‘extortion’

Kurds’ pivotal role in Middle East tumult

Peshmerga takeover of Kirkuk indicates growing role of ethnic group

Catalonia will be Felipe’s first big test

It would be wise for Spain’s future king to shun involvement in debate

UMP discord opens door for French far right

Main centre-right party is failing to provide effective opposition

Cameron plots risky course on Juncker

Some may be inclined to see PM’s threat as a kind of blackmail

Russian red lines restrict Poroshenko

Resolution acceptable to EU and Nato will be hard to negotiate

Venezuela gives US policy makers headache

Cuban-style embargo on Caracas unlikely to help Obama administration