Reorganising: The cuts of around 300,000 troops will reduce the ranks of the PLA to around two million members –  down from 6.27 million at the time of the 1949 revolution. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

China has embarked on the biggest shake-up in years of the world’s largest standing army; the People’s Liberation Army. The Communist Party le(...)

 Qinghai Lake in China:  environmental researchers are asking  whether the lake is getting bigger due to more rainfall or because the glaciers at the roof of the world are melting faster – a dire foreboding of climate change. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

The herder sets off on his motorbike, a cigarette jammed firmly between his teeth, wearing a bright yellow padded jacket against the cold as (...)

Adorable baby orangutan recovers from near death 1:13

Less than two months after being left for dead in a cardboard box in Borneo, baby orangutan Gito is on the road to recovery as his coat and teeth begi(...)

The Remy Martin cognac division, which accounts for 80 per cent of group profit, saw its operating profit fall 5.8 per cent like-for-like to €85.9 million

Accord Royal cognac. But this did not offset a decline in Asia-Pacific, the group said, blaming changes(...)

The frozen bakery specialist, best known here for its Cuisine De France brand awarded Hilliard Lombard more than €5.5 million in stock options and elevated him to the company’s senior executive team in October

Asia Pacific operations. Aryzta confirmed early last month that it had recently added him to its five(...)

Chinese journalist Gao Yu has suffered heart problems during her detention. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk, condemned how foreign embassy(...)

A  charred ward of the damaged Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital is pictured in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The US investigation into a deadly strike on a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month said it was c(...)

The junction of Bennett and Goderich Streets in Perth. Photograph: Google Street View

Two men from Northern Ireland have been killed in a workplace accident in Perth, Western Australia. They have been named locally as Joseph McDermott (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: has launched a major crackdown on official corruption Photograph:  Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

China’s anti-corruption campaign spread its net ever wider with the naming and shaming of eight university officials for buying “fancy cars” and attem(...)

Bushfire burns out of control in South Australia 1:09

Firefighters tackle a bushfire, covering an area of about 3,000 hectares, as it burns out of control near the town of Mallala in South Australia. Vide(...)