Cherry blossom time: performers dance during a festival for the flower at Gucun Park  in Shanghai, China. Photograph:  ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

It’s a special time in Japan, China and South Korea when the cherry blossoms open, a classic sign heralding the arrival of spring.The sakura, or che(...)

 Indian fishermen silhuetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photograph: EPA/SAJNEEV GUPTA

While much of the reporting focus in recent months has been on China’s economic slowdown, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) believes India is poised to(...)

Financial centre: Dublin still plays host to a huge funds industry, with the value of Irish-domiciled funds put at €1.3 trillion. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s standing as a global financial hub enjoyed something of a bounce in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The city jumped 18 pla(...)

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida (left), South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met for the first time in nearly three years in Seoul on March 21st, in an effort to calm regional tensions. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/AFP/Getty Images

The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China have agreed to hold talks to try to improve ties between the three regional powerhouses, which(...)

Sepp Blatter: the Fifa president has been accused of abdicating his responsibility by failing to debate the future of the game. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

The 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will take place on December 18th, Fifa has confirmed, allowing the English domestic programme to potentially resum(...)

An Irish setter wearing a Michael Jackson costume takes part in a St Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images.

An estimated 30,000 people watched Asia’slargest St Patrick’s Day parade snake through central Tokyo in glorious sunshine on Sunday afternoon.The city(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seen in undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 12th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

North Korea test-fired seven surface-to-air missiles off its east coast on Thursday and its leader Kim Jong Un appeared to have been an observer, S(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  The leaders in Moscow and Pyongyang appear to have much in the way of common cause. Photograph: Reuters

Russia and North Korea have announced that they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development tha(...)

Cho Hyun-ah is surrounded by the media as she leaves for a detention facility after a court ordered her to be detained last month, at the Seoul Western District Prosecutor’s office. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

A flight attendant who was harassed by a former Korean Air Lines vice president in what became known as the nut rage case has filed a civil lawsuit ag(...)

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed on his face and wrist by a blade-wielding Korean man at a breakfast function in central Seoul. Photograph: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Image

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, has left a South Korean hospital after five days of treatment because of a knife attack by a man screa(...)