Former US president George HW Bush: has given a blistering assessment of George Bush jnr’s foreign policy advisers. His son has defended their performance.  Photograph: Aida Crawley/EPA

Former US president George HW Bush has sharply criticised two senior figures in the White House led by his son George W, calling Dick Cheney “iron-as(...)

South Korean resident Kim Bok-Lack hugs his North Korean  sister Kim Jeon-Soon, during the reunions of separated families in North Korea. Photograph: KPPA pool/EPA

As the husband she last saw 65 years ago hugged her on Tuesday, Lee Soon-kyu, an 85-year-old grandmother from South Korea, smiled shyly, like the youn(...)

North Korean soldiers in historic uniforms march during the  parade marking the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong U(...)

Where’s Willie? is doing the rounds of colleges and universities this month as part of Ógra’s national recruitment drive. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ógra Fianna Fáil is experiencing a surge in applications for membership, thanks to a cartoon version of Willie O’Dea. The party’s youth wing ha(...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)

A file satellite handout image from DigitalGlobe from 2004 showing the Yongbyon complex nuclear facility, some 100kms north of Pyongyang, North Korea.  Photograph: EPA

North Korea said on Tuesday its main nuclear complex was operating and it was working to improve the “quality and quantity” of its weapons which it c(...)

In 2010, a scorching summer left bears in Siberia so hungry that some began digging up human graves. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Dozens of hungry bears have besieged a small town in Russia’s far east, roaming the streets and attacking residents. In the past month, more than 30 b(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photograph: AFP

With so much focus on China’s economic travails, there has been little space for much else in the world’s attention, even as one of the world’s most u(...)

Anti-North Korean activists shout slogans as they protest on the Unification Bridge that leads to the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea in Paju on Monday. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images 1:02

North Korea and South Korea have ended their marathon high-level talks aimed at lowering tensions across their heavily-armed border. The meeting betw(...)

South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle along a road in the border county of Yeoncheon on Saturday afternoon. Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raisi(...)