This combination of undated images taken from Islamic State’s online magazine Dabiq purports to show Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad (48) from Oslo, Norway and Fan Jinghui (50) from Beijing, China. IS had demanded ransoms for the two men. Photograph: Dabiq via AP

China has vowed to seek justice after Islamic State killed its first known Chinese hostage in Syria. President Xi Jinping strongly condemned the “cru(...)

Police and ambulance vans parked near the apartment being targeted by police in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terror atrocities was reportedly killed when police stormed a flat in the north of the city,(...)

Dubai Celts GAA / Thailand GAA  vs Hong Kong Gaelic Football Club competing in the Camogie Final at the Asian Gaelic Games. Photograph: Aly Song

It’s a typical Shanghai autumn evening, warm but not oppressively so, a little overcast but the rain has held off. Against this eastern Chinese backdr(...)

A Chinese woman shot and wounded China’s consul general to the Philippines city of Cebu at a restaurant. Photograph: Google Maps

A Chinese woman shot and wounded China’s consul general to the Philippines city of Cebu at a restaurant on Wednesday and killed two consulate staff, a(...)

Undersecretary Alexander Pama, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gives a briefing on Typhoon Koppu in suburban Manila. Photograph: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

Typhoon Koppu grew stronger but was moving slower towards the north-eastern Philippines as the government urged local authorities to issue forced evac(...)

Filipino residents wade through floodwater in Bacoor city, south of Manila. Photograph: EPA

At least 10 people have died and 5,000 more have fled their homes after Typhoon Goni lashed the northern Philippines. Pounding rain and winds set off(...)

Cafes on South William Street: Dublin made it to fourth place in the Matador network’s list of the world’s best cities for coffee lovers and is hosting the world barista championships next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council has set up a working group to examine the various issues relating to cafes and restaurants replacing city centre shops, in the wak(...)

A view of a gutted slipper factory in the outskirts of  Manila, the Philippines. Local police have opened an investigation into the fire, which killed at least 72 people.  Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Police in the Philippines have opened a criminal investigation into a Manila factory fire that killed at least 72 people, as a relative of several vic(...)

Firefighters work to control a fire in a  Manila slipper factory. Dozens are feared dead after the blaze in a suburb of the Philippine capital. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

A fire has gutted a slipper factory in a suburb of Manila, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping, only t(...)

A Filipino fisherman in the foreground with  US Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay  to the rear during a landing exercise on a beach at San Antonio, Zambales province, Philippines,  on April 21st, 2015, as part of annual Philippine-US joint military manoeuvres some 220km  east of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Filipino activists denounced China’s coastguard on Tuesday for allegedly turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near wh(...)