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(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 pm on Friday after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters 0:36

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his front-line military units to go on a “semi-war state” on Friday after South Korea said the two countries h(...)

A South Korean military installation is seen at a field training camp in the border county of Yeoncheon. South Korea fired dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, Seoul’s defence ministry said. Photograph: Yonhapyonhap/AFP/Getty

South Korea has fired artillery rounds towards North Korea after its neighbour fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been bla(...)

Men in traditional outfits repeat the process of ringing a bell for photographers, which was done to mark the new time zone during a ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph: AP/Dita Alangkara 0:50

North Korea has switched to a new time zone, turning its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark its liberation from the Japanese at the end of the second W(...)