UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyongyang retracted its earlier approval, calling the decision “deeply regrettable”.  Photograph: EPA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyon(...)

Migrant Rohingya children from Burma rest with their family at the confinement area in the fishing port of Kuala Langsa in Indonesia where hundreds of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh are taking temporary shelter after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen. Photograph: Romeo Gacadromeo/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia urged Burma (Myanmar) on Sunday to halt the exodus from its shores as concern grew for uncounted migrants adrift in rickety boats around the (...)

A man watches a TV news program reporting that North Korean people’s armed forces minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP 0:55

The minister of the People’s Armed Forces in North Korea was recently executed as a “traitor” for showing disrespect for its top leader, Kim Jong Un, (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea said on Saturday it had successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, a step which would mark significant progress in the (...)

An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency on July 1st 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un witnessing the launch of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea claims to have carried out a successful test-firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile, state media reported. Photograph: KCNA South Korea/EPA

North Korea said on Saturday it has successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which, if true, would in(...)

Bruce Schneier, chief security officer at Resilient Bruce Schneier, chief security officer at security company Resilient, says the Sony attack, believed to be carried out by North Korea, exposed many of the major risks related to hacking.

Last year’s massive cyberattack on Sony – presumed to have been a nation state attack orchestrated by North Korea – presents many of the most pressing(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd right) inspecting a newly built Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in Wonsan in Kangwon province. Since taking over North Korea’s leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, Kim has removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges. Photograph: KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s spy agency says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year who were accused of challeng(...)

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(...)