A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It’s all about infrastructure spending in Asia at the moment, with many economies in the region expanding their investment in transport, communication(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage, which is close to completion, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium t(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador An Myong Hun said North Korea had paid an undisclosed sum to Mexico for damages to the reef where the ship had run aground and now the ship and its crew should be released. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

North Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take “necessary measures” to rel(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seen in undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 12th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

North Korea test-fired seven surface-to-air missiles off its east coast on Thursday and its leader Kim Jong Un appeared to have been an observer, S(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  The leaders in Moscow and Pyongyang appear to have much in the way of common cause. Photograph: Reuters

Russia and North Korea have announced that they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development tha(...)

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed on his face and wrist by a blade-wielding Korean man at a breakfast function in central Seoul. Photograph: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Image

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, has left a South Korean hospital after five days of treatment because of a knife attack by a man screa(...)

North Korean workers bow before  statues of the President Kim Il Sung and the General Secretary Kim Jung Il at the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea

I am travelling to Pyongyang in July and I am thinking of going via Dalian in China and then by rail. Can you please give me any further informatio(...)

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(...)