Residents look for their belongings among the rubble of their destroyed homes in Nepal after the recent earthquake. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11.56am on Saturday, April 25th, an army of volunteers mobilised and worked around the clock as part of (...)

A view of a gutted slipper factory in the outskirts of  Manila, the Philippines. Local police have opened an investigation into the fire, which killed at least 72 people.  Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Police in the Philippines have opened a criminal investigation into a Manila factory fire that killed at least 72 people, as a relative of several vic(...)

According to the Courts Service, Polish was the language interpreted most often last year in the courts, with interpreters required on 2,151 different occasions.

Yoruba, Cebuano, Lingala, Iloko and Tagalog were some of the obscure, exotic and far-flung languages spoken by those accused of offences before the co(...)

Fishing outrigger boats are anchored at the mouth of a river feeding Manila Bay, as the Philippine coast guard banned sailing due to nearby Typhoon Noul in the northern part of the country.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Typhoon Noul crashed ashore on the northeastern tip of the Philippines on Sunday, as officials warned of landslides and called on residents along the (...)

Filipino children outside their makeshift home while waiting for evacuation at a coastal area in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, in 2014. Photograph: Ritchie Tongo/EPA

The Philippines on Saturday evacuated thousands of people in the northeastern part of its main island of Luzon, less than 24 hours before a powerful t(...)

An ambulance carrying the coffin of a death row prisoner arrives at Wijayapura port after returning from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters 1:37

Australia will withdraw its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the execution of two of its citizens for drug smuggling.Prime minister Tony Abbott(...)

A woman places a candle on top of pictures of the prisoners, during a vigil at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

Eight drug-trafficking convicts from several countries were executed by an Indonesian firing squad shortly after midnight (6pm Irish time), media said(...)

Brintha Sukumaran, a sister of Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran’s screams as she arrives at Wijaya Pura port to visit her brother at Nusakambangan prison ahead of the executions of the Bali Nine. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images 2:10

Nine drug traffickers have held emotional farewell meetings with their families after the Indonesian government rejected last-ditch pleas from around (...)

Workers sort fish at a wholesale market for fish and other seafood in Mahachai, in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Amid reports about slavery and unlawful fishing in the industry, the European Union has threatened to ban imports of seafood from Thailand because, of(...)

Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, speaks to journalists at Wijaya Pura port after visiting his brother  at Nusakambangan prison in Indonesia on Monday.  Andrew Chan is among nine convicted drug traffickers facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia this week. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Kanupriya Kapoor and Jane WardellIndonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from A(...)