China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

US navy crewman points to a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US navy/Handout/Reuters

China is close to completing a 3,000m-long airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new (...)

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in 2013. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Nigerian citizens were the largest single group among those who received Irish citizenship in 2013, according to figures by Eurostat. Nigerian citize(...)

Incentives and innovation could be the best way to ensure carbon-free technologies are competitive with fossil fuels. Photograph: Reuters

Every silver lining has a cloud. The technologies that offer human beings comforts and opportunities that would have been unimaginable two centuries a(...)

Joel Barquez still clearly remembers the day of December 12th, 1997. Barquez, founder of Blood Donors Network, was hospitalised for dengue fever at St(...)

An airport employee  monitors a screen as travelers walk past a thermoscan checking their body temperature upon their arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

One of Thailand’s leading hospitals, known for treating medical tourists, said on Friday it had received the country’s first case of Middle East Resp(...)

Bouquets of flowers and messages in memory of the victims from an earthquake on Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu on a table at the Tanjong Katong Primary School in Singapore on June 7th, 2015. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysian authorities said on Sunday 16 bodies had been recovered from the country’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu after a magnitude 6 earthquake caused(...)

A tourist takes pictures of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu a day after the earthquake in Kundasang, a town in the district of Ranau. Photograph: Mohd Rasfanmohd/AFP/Getty Images

The bodies of 11 climbers have been recovered from Malaysia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a series of lands(...)

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, rescuers save a survivor from the overturned passenger ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China’s Hubei Province. Photograph: Cheng Min/Xinhua

Recent history of boating disasters in Asia, which provides grim context the sinking of Chinese cruise ship in the Yangtze river. March 2015: A boat (...)

In a photo provided by the US navy, Chinese dredging vehicles in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, an artificial island the Chinese are building. Photograph: The New York Times

US defense secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific bu(...)