North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit is deployed in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s possible launch of ballistic missile. Asian powers including Japan and South Korea have expressed concern over the mooted launch of what the North described as a satellite. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA.

News of North Korean plans to launch a satellite and rocket have been met with concern by regional neighbours Japan, South Korea and even ally China.(...)

Created in China, how China is becoming a global innovator by Georges Haouer and Max Von Zedtwitz

With concern rising about the economic health of China, this interesting and well researched look at how the global superpower is transforming itself (...)

 Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao with  Smap:  they   announced on  television that they were  staying together after their agent said they were mulling a breakup. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Just three weeks into the New Year, Japan’s Fuji TV may already have scored the highest ratings of 2016 with what, on the surface, seems an unlikely a(...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a visit to a museum earlier this week. His country, which recently spiked tensions in Asia with a nuclear weapons test, says it has arrested a US college student for allegedly conducting a “hostile act” against the communist country. Photograph:  Reuters/KCNA.

North Korea, which recently spiked tensions in Asia with a nuclear weapons test, says it has arrested a US college student for allegedly conducting a(...)

Members of Team Europe with their trophy after winning the Eurasia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia. Photograph: Joshua Paul/AFP

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke secured an encouraging first triumph as skipper on Sunday as his side romped to a blowout 18 1/2 - 5 1/2 vict(...)

Preliminary watercolour study  of Iris ‘Killiney’ by botanical artist Jane Stark. (Drawing courtesy of ISBA)

As the wife of a professional garden photographer, it’s not unusual to find myself standing in a stranger’s garden grumpily harrumphing while my husba(...)

A handout picture provided by the South Korean Air Force on Monday shows a US B-52 strategic bomber flying over South Korea with fighter jets from the two countries, in a show of force following North Korea’s nuclear test. Photograph: EPA/South Korean Air Force

Five of the six regional powers involved in the now-stalled nuclear negotiations with North Korea – China, Russia, Japan, the US and South Korea – wil(...)

 US Lieutenant General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, deputy Commander of the US Forces Korea, speaks in front of a US F-16 fighter jet during a press briefing on the flight by a US B-52 Stratofortress over South Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, in a show of force following North Korea’s nuclea(...)