North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. The Coalition argues that there is no alternative majority available to voters.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Election Lexicon: Tina

What does it usually mean? Tina is an acronym for There Is No Alternative. What does it mean in this election? The two current Government parties(...)

Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit is deployed in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s possible launch of ballistic missile. Asian powers including Japan and South Korea have expressed concern over the mooted launch of what the North described as a satellite. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA.

News of North Korean plans to launch a satellite and rocket have been met with concern by regional neighbours Japan, South Korea and even ally China.(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  and former NBA player Dennis Rodman

It is two years since Paddy Power uncharacteristically bit off more publicity than it could chew in North Korea. Remember it agreed to sponsor forme(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a visit to a museum earlier this week. His country, which recently spiked tensions in Asia with a nuclear weapons test, says it has arrested a US college student for allegedly conducting a “hostile act” against the communist country. Photograph:  Reuters/KCNA.

North Korea, which recently spiked tensions in Asia with a nuclear weapons test, says it has arrested a US college student for allegedly conducting a(...)

Brian Mohan who is challenging  the constitutionality of provisions of the Electoral (Political Funding) Act 2012 linking funding of political parties to meeting gender quota targets. Photograph:  Collins

Financial sanctions are “probably the only option” for getting Irish political parties to reach quotas aimed at having them run more women candidates (...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)

A handout picture provided by the South Korean Air Force on Monday shows a US B-52 strategic bomber flying over South Korea with fighter jets from the two countries, in a show of force following North Korea’s nuclear test. Photograph: EPA/South Korean Air Force

Five of the six regional powers involved in the now-stalled nuclear negotiations with North Korea – China, Russia, Japan, the US and South Korea – wil(...)

 US Lieutenant General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, deputy Commander of the US Forces Korea, speaks in front of a US F-16 fighter jet during a press briefing on the flight by a US B-52 Stratofortress over South Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, in a show of force following North Korea’s nuclea(...)