Thailand’s newly appointed prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reviews honour guards during a visit at the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen’s Guard in Chonburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok today. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters.

The army general who led the overthrow of Thailand’s elected government in May was named prime minister today by the legislature, sealing the military(...)

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital, which last month said it will buy $11.8 billion of planes from Airbus Group in the largest single-aisle aircraft order ever placed by a leasing company, is understood to have emerged as a bidder for Awas’ aviation assets. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital and Hong Kong Aviation Capital are understood to have joined the bidding for aircraft assets being sold by (...)

Vladimir Putin: No doubt it’s an oversimplification to say that the confrontation in Ukraine is all about shoring up an authoritarian regime that is stumbling on other fronts. But there’s surely some truth to that story.

A century has passed since the start of the first World War, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars”.Unfortunately wars j(...)

Pope Francis attends a Mass for peace at Myeong-dong cathedral in Seoul, South Korea today. The five-day trip was the third trip abroad for the pope following Brazil and the Middle East. Photograph: Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea via Getty Images.

Pope Francis has called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a f(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

 Pope Francis  greets the crowd from the popemobile prior to a mass, in Seoul, South Koera this morning. He  is on an official visit to South Korea until  August 18th  to attend the Asia Youth Day in Daejeon. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis this morning celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the centre of Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have not(...)

Yoshimitsu Sanada (81), dressed in an army uniform, at the Yasukuni Shrine on Friday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from the Tokyo war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s second World War defeat. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

For most of the year the loudest sound at Yasukuni shrine is the buzzing of cicadas and the shuffle of old people’s foot- steps to the hushed main (...)

An Iraqi Christian boy leans his head against a chair in a tent he shares with his family, after being forced along with many other Christians to flee their homes. Europe’s Catholic bishops have appealed to the UN security council to call on the international community to take action to protect Christian and other religious minorities in Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jalil/EPA

Europe’s Catholic bishops have appealed to the UN security council to call on the international community to take action to protect Christian and othe(...)

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. US stocks fluctuated, after the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index produced its biggest two-day gain since April, as investors watched geopolitical developments and energy shares sank. Photograph: Reuters

Both European and US stocks fell with the euro amid concern over conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. German investor confidence, reported by the(...)

Shareholders at Irish engineering firm Kentz have approved the takeover of the business by Canadian rival, SNC-Lavalin. The acquisition, which remains(...)