South Korea protesters clash with police at a rally marking the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster in downtown Seoul. Photograph:  Yon Hap/EPA

South Korean police clashed with thousands of protesters, blocking their way to the presidential palace, where demonstrators hoped to demand a more vi(...)

A damaged cabin is seen outside the South Korean embassy in Tripoli after it was attacked by gunmen. To local security guards were killed in the attack, South Korean and Libyan officials said. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)

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(...)