A woman walks past South Korean policemen wearing face masks in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Getty

Almost exactly a year ago I asked the question: could Mers become the next Sars? My answer was that it could, but that we were at least two genetic(...)

Due to slowing down of Earth’s rotation the solar day is getting longer each year. To compensate timekeepers add a second to the year to make sure our atomic clocks are synchronised to to the solar day.

On June 30th an extra second will be added to the day’s length, making this coming Tuesday 24 hours and one second long. The move is often used by int(...)

Kim Jong-un  inspects a newly built terminal of Pyongyang International Airport. Photograph: Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang’s new(...)

Japanese tenor  Tatsuya Higuchi and South Korean soprano  Sumi Jo perform as part of a gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Japan and South Korea’s resumption of normal ties,  in Tokyo on June 22nd. Photograph: Reuters/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained by feuds over the legacy of Japa(...)

‘I don’t believe for a moment that Tim Hunt’s remarks were “harmful” or “injurious” to women, or desperately off-putting to girls considering Stem (non-medical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.’ Above, Tim Hunt, who resigned from University College London  after his comments about the “trouble with girls” involved in science sparked an outcry. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

How should we punish old men who make sexist jokes? Judging by the case of Tim Hunt, very severely indeed. No mercy shall be shown. The 72-year-old Br(...)

An airport employee  monitors a screen as travelers walk past a thermoscan checking their body temperature upon their arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

One of Thailand’s leading hospitals, known for treating medical tourists, said on Friday it had received the country’s first case of Middle East Resp(...)

 A parched and cracked rice paddy in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition. Photograph: EPA/Yonhap South Korea

North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the Unit(...)

Beijing, China: the country’s  government is aiming for 7 per cent growth this year, which would be the slowest in 25 years

China’s stuttering economic growth is translating into gloom among European companies operating here, as the annual survey by the EU Chamber of Commer(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un using binoculars to watch a test-firing drill of a new type of anti-ship rocket. A  North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea by walking across the DMZ. Photograph: Rodong Sinmun/EPA

A teenaged North Korean soldier walked across the world’s most heavily militarised border in a bid to defect to South Korea, South Korean defence mini(...)

Scientist Tim Hunt told the conference he had a reputation for being a chauvinist. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Nobel laureate has resigned as a professor at a London university after saying women scientists should work in segregated laboratories. Sir Tim Hunt(...)