Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, in Denpasar, on Bali island. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

An Indonesian court rejected on Monday a last-ditch challenge by two Australian drug convicts facing execution by firing squad, but lawyers for the st(...)

Born a British subject in a malarial tropical backwater in 1923, Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who has died aged 91, created one of (...)

The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)

Typhoon Maysak as observed by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station. The Philippines is preparing troops and supplies for the super typhoon, which is expected to make landfall over the Pacific nation in the next 72 hours. Photograph: ESA/NASA/Samantha Cristoforetti/Reuters

The Philippines has put troops on alert and prepared food and medical supplies as it warned residents and tourists along its eastern coast to be ready(...)

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

Disaster management officials and relief workers are still struggling to establish contact with many islands that bore the brunt of Cyclone Pam’s winds of more than 300 km/h on Friday and Saturday.  Photograph: Graham Crumb/EPA 0:59

International aid agencies began emergency flights on Tuesday to some of the remote outer islands of Vanuatu, which they fear have been devastated by (...)

Local residents carry their belongings along a road after Cyclone Pam hit, on the outskirts of Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Photograph: Unicef/Reuters/Handout via Reuters 0:59

Reports from the outer islands of Vanuatu painted a picture of utter destruction after a huge cyclone tore through the South Pacific island nation, fl(...)

A local resident moves debris from near his damaged home after Cyclone Pam hit Port Vila, the capital city of  Vanuatu. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters. 0:59

The first aid teams to reach Vanuatu on Sunday encountered widespread devastation and authorities declared a state of emergency after a “monster” cycl(...)

Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu On Saturday. Winds of up to 340 km/h hit the country as  category 5 cyclone named Pam was unleashed. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters. 0:59

One of the Pacific Ocean’s most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and repor(...)

From left: Philippines police director Benjamin Magalong and deputy director general Leonardo Espina  hand a copy of their findings into the January 25th incident  to department of the interior and local government secretary Manuel Roxas at police headquarters in Manila yesterday. Photograph: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

A botched police raid that killed 44 elite officers and jeopardised a landmark peace deal in the Philippines involved blunders by officials from th(...)