US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert  covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute after he was injured in an attack by an armed assailant. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

North Korea has described a knife attack that left the US ambassador in Seoul with an 11cm-long facial wound as “just punishment” for joint US-South K(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Musicians Common and John Legend address the audience after accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song “Glory”. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

“Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry brightest” – Host Neil Patrick HarrisRacial representation proved a particularly contentious i(...)

Facebook: world’s largest social network is stepping up its work in cyber security.  Photograph:Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Facebook is launching a social network for cyber security professionals to share information about threats that could lead to cyber attacks.The world’(...)

Christian activists Julia and Kevin Garratt: the couple from Vancouver have lived in China since 1984 and opened their coffee shop in Dandong in 2008. Photograph: Simeon Garratt/AFP/Getty

After months of being held without charge, a Canadian national has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of “stealing and prying into state se(...)

Amy Pascal: departure as co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment  comes in fallout from last year’s cyber attack. Photograph: Jamie Rector/The New York Times

Hollywood executive Amy Pascal is resigning as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment for a new role at the studio in the wake of an embarrassi(...)

The conscript, identified as Sergeant Lim, killed five members of his unit and wounded seven last June at an outpost near the border with North Korea. File photograph of North Korea troops: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A South Korean court-martial on Tuesday convicted a soldier of the murder of five comrades in a grenade and gun attack and sentenced him to death, a (...)

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, according to former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. Photograph: Kcna/Reuters

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, (...)

A woman walks past a poster for the film ‘The Interview’ in New York. Sony has delayed the publication of  its final quarterly earnings, citing the disruption of accounting systems last year during the cyber attack

Sony is delaying the release of its final quarterly earnings, citing the disruption of accounting systems last year during a crippling cyber attack on(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters 2:12

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)