US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert  covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute after he was injured in an attack by an armed assailant. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

The United States ambassador to South Korea, Mark W Lippert, was attacked Thursday morning by a man who said he opposed joint US-South Korean military(...)

Japan’s crown prince Naruhito with his wife, crown princess Masako, and daughter Princess Aiko:  he said last week it was important to “look back humbly on the past” and “correctly” pass on the tragic experiences of history. Photograph: Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Reuters

Japan’s emperor famously renounced his divine status after the second World War, making him essentially a ceremonial figure. Yet, for many Japanese th(...)

The study examined the association between drinking coffee and the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis — a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances known as plaques or atheroma.  Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

People who drink three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown.The effec(...)

Paramedics work to free the 52-year-old woman from the clutches of her robotic vacuum in South Korea. Photograph: Changwon Fire Service Headquarters.

When a South Korean woman invested in a robot vacuum cleaner, the idea was to leave her trustworthy gadget to do its work while she took a break from (...)

The fuselage of a TransAsia Airways passenger plane being lifted out of the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, 4th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/Military News Agency/Handout 0:39

Rescuers used a crane to hoist a TransAsia Airways plane from a river in Taiwan’s capital as they searched for 18 people missing after a crash that ki(...)

The conscript, identified as Sergeant Lim, killed five members of his unit and wounded seven last June at an outpost near the border with North Korea. File photograph of North Korea troops: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A South Korean court-martial on Tuesday convicted a soldier of the murder of five comrades in a grenade and gun attack and sentenced him to death, a (...)

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, according to former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. Photograph: Kcna/Reuters

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, (...)

Bin Hammam was banned from football for life in 2011 for offering bribes to Caribbean Football Union officials via former Concacaf president Jack Warner. Photograoh: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has called on Fifa to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, claiming in a new report th(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi and Vice President Vitor Constancio (left) leave after addressing an ECB news conference in Frankfurt. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Businesses across Asia and Europe have slashed prices at the start of the year to drum up trade, surveys showed on Friday, a day after the European Ce(...)

Cho Hyun-ah (centre) could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of all four charges against her. File photograph:  Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

The former Korean Air executive famous for an inflight tantrum over macadamia nuts has pleaded not guilty to violating aviation safety law and hinderi(...)