Artist’s impression of the stadium for the the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Photograph:  Japan Sport Council/AFP

Five years from now, an audience of billions will be watching the Olympics from Tokyo. But even before a girder of the city’s new Olympic stadium has (...)

US navy crewman points to a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US navy/Handout/Reuters

China is close to completing a 3,000m-long airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new (...)

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The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane’s only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 peopl(...)

Tourists walk along the Great Wall of China. Adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities – including stealing the bricks to build houses – are doing more damage to China’s most famous landmark than the Mongol hordes ever did.File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly one-third of the most commonly accessed section of the Great Wall of China, the longest wall in the world, has disappeared and drastic measures(...)

 Indonesian rescuers and military personnels examine the wreckage of the crashed C-130 military airplane at the crash site in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Dedi Sahputra/EPA

Indonesia’s president promised a review of the country’s ageing air force fleet and a defence modernisation drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from(...)

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Hundreds of prisoners at a maximum security prison in Melbourne, Australia riot amid reports of a smoking ban. Video: Reuters

Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia on Tuesday. Photograph: Irsan Mulyadi/Reuters/Antara Foto

More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia, i(...)

People line up at an ATM outside a closed Piraeus Bank branch, after the Greek government imposed capital controls at the country’s banks in Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

(...).” The MSCI All-Country World equity index was flat. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside(...)

Monitors display the current exchange rate of the Japanese yen against the Euro in Tokyo. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

(...) already slowing economy. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.5 per cent but(...)

Passengers are seen inside a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara on Tuesday. trains between Tokyo and Osaka have been suspended after a passenger on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after setting himself on fire on Tuesday and another person suffered a cardiac arrest. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

A carriage on Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train erupted in pandemonium on Tuesday after a man doused himself in fuel and set himself alight, killing him(...)