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 (...)

Marc de Faoite: ‘Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming, but it’s real alright.’

I live on a tropical island. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming, but it’s real alright - the white sandy beaches, the coconut pa(...)

Myself and my college friends are mostly 60 this year. We wanted to go away in Ireland for a weekend, in August or September. There will probably b(...)

 Eleanor Hawkins, who was convicted for stripping on a sacred Malaysian mountain. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

The British woman jailed for stripping on a sacred Malaysian mountain has apologised for causing offence. Backpacker and university graduate Eleanor H(...)

Backpacker Eleanor Hawkins was among a group of Western backpackers arrested after photos emerged of them stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu. Photograph: Emil Kaminski/Facebook/PA Wire

A British woman blamed for triggering an earthquake after stripping on top of a sacred Malaysian mountain has been fined £1,000 (€1,385) and sentenced(...)

Trekkers who stripped on Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu have appeared in court. Photograph: Emil Kaminski/Facebook/PA

British backpacker Eleanor Hawkins, who has been arrested in Malaysia for posing naked on top of a sacred mountain, knows what she did was “stupid and(...)

A tourist wearing a face mask pushes a luggage cart at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Hong Kong upgraded to “serious” on Monday its response to an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea, where the number of c(...)

Bouquets of flowers and messages in memory of the victims from an earthquake on Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu on a table at the Tanjong Katong Primary School in Singapore on June 7th, 2015. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysian authorities said on Sunday 16 bodies had been recovered from the country’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu after a magnitude 6 earthquake caused(...)

A tourist takes pictures of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu a day after the earthquake in Kundasang, a town in the district of Ranau. Photograph: Mohd Rasfanmohd/AFP/Getty Images

The bodies of 11 climbers have been recovered from Malaysia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a series of lands(...)

Our teacher had prepared us well and I don’t think any student would have been too thrown.

“Ssshh . . . your sisters are studying!” That’s been the refrain in my house for the last few months. I’m doing the Leaving Cert; my sister is in the (...)