Indonesian police officers stand guard in front of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia on 05 March 2015. Australian Myuran Sukumaran along with his compatriot Andrew Chan are facing execution by firing squad as the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) rejected their lawsuit challenging a presidential decree rejecting their clemency bid. Photograph: Bagus Indahono/EPA

Australia has complained about the treatment of two drug smugglers, who face execution in Indonesia, and wants to lodge a formal protest after photogr(...)

Chinese military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the National People’s Congress on  in Beijing, China.  Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, got under way on Thursday, with the country’s premier, Li Keqiang, pledging t(...)

Indonesia rejects Australian proposal of prisoner swap 1:10

Deputy Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir says Indonesia rejects the proposal from Australia to swap prisoners for death row pair. Video: Re(...)

Mourners gather around coffins of members of Iraq’s government forces who were killed in fighting with the Islamic State group (IS) in the city of Tikrit, during a funeral ceremony in Iraq’s central city of Najaf. Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit to try to hinder aerial attacks aimed at driving them(...)

US ambassador to South Korea injured in slash attack 1:00

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been injured after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist. Both men have been taken to hospi(...)

Leslee Udwin, director of the documentary India’s Daughter, pictured during a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Irate over the release of a British-made documentary film on a 2012 gang rape in Delhi, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, told Parliament on Wedne(...)

Sabine Atlaoui, the wife of death-row prisoner Sergei Atlaoui of France, arrives with other relatives at Wijayapura port for a visit to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap. Sergei Atlaoui along with Rodrigo Gularte of Brazil, Australian Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are facing execution by firing squad in Nusakambangan. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA 1:10

Indonesia rejected on Thursday an Australian proposal for a prisoner swap made in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smuggle(...)

File photos, taken in November, show Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz as they arrive at the state court in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

A Singapore court jailed two Germans for nine months and three strokes of the cane on Thursday after they pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti(...)

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert  covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute after he was injured in an attack by an armed assailant. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

North Korea has described a knife attack that left the US ambassador in Seoul with an 11cm-long facial wound as “just punishment” for joint US-South K(...)

Misao Okawa celebrates her 117th birthday with her family at her nursing home in Osaka, western Japan. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images.

The world’s oldest person Misao Okawa, a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six, turned 117 on Thursday in western Japan. O(...)