The pope’s new prog-rock-infused album will be out in November. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A new album featuring hymns and speeches by Pope Francis set to pop-rock music will be available on iTunes in November. Wake Up!, the pope’s first fo(...)

Paper tiger money: there is a plausible, if not universally accepted, understanding that China’s growth is overstated by official statistics and may be as low as 4 per cent.  Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Is a global economic recession likely? If so, what might trigger it? Willem Buiter, Citi’s chief economist and the Financial Times’ erstwhile Mavereco(...)

A file satellite handout image from DigitalGlobe from 2004 showing the Yongbyon complex nuclear facility, some 100kms north of Pyongyang, North Korea.  Photograph: EPA

North Korea said on Tuesday its main nuclear complex was operating and it was working to improve the “quality and quantity” of its weapons which it c(...)

Tesco: the agreement to offload its South Korean business knocks £4.23 billion off total borrowings. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Tesco, which announced the sale of its South Korean business on Monday, is also considering divesting its central and eastern European operations to f(...)

Greg Louganis: The story of the Olympic diver is told in HBO’s documentary Back On Board: Photo: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images.

Within 48 hours of American Pharoah becoming the first horse for 37 years to win racing’s Triple Crown back in June, Wheaties contacted his represe(...)

Beijing has spent $200 billion on a failed attempt to prop up the stock market and that foreign exchange reserves fell by $315 billion in the year to July 2015. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

David Daokui Lee, an influential Chinese economist, has argued that: “The stock market sell-off is not the problem…the problem – not a huge one, but a(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photograph: AFP

With so much focus on China’s economic travails, there has been little space for much else in the world’s attention, even as one of the world’s most u(...)

 Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Returning home from dinner on the bus last Saturday night, we were halted at the Dongzhimen intersection in downtown Beijing to make way for scores of(...)

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside the Erawana shrine in central Bangkok

The bomb that devastated the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok recently can be expected to have an effect on an economy previously seen as almost invu(...)

Anti-North Korean activists shout slogans as they protest on the Unification Bridge that leads to the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea in Paju on Monday. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images 1:02

North Korea and South Korea have ended their marathon high-level talks aimed at lowering tensions across their heavily-armed border. The meeting betw(...)