Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

Siphathisiwe ‘Blessings’ Moyo, who took part in the ‘Exhibit B’ installation by South African artist Brett Bailey during the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Siphathisiwe “Blessings” Moyo has missed her sleep over the past few weeks while volunteering with the Galway International Arts Festival. That’s litt(...)

The global tech industry sees the deal as a badly needed update to the rules governing the trade in everything from video game consoles to semiconductors.

The US, China and the EU are expected to sign up this week to what would be the biggest tariff agreement struck at the World Trade Organisation in al(...)

South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

A South Korean intelligence agent found dead in an apparent suicide left a note denying his team had used spyware to tap the mobile phones and compute(...)

A Samsung C&T Corp stockholder casts his ballot during the  general meeting of stockholders in Seoul

Samsung’s founding family on Friday scored a narrow win in a landmark proxy battle, fending off an activist investor opposed to an $8 billion deal tha(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

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.

An extra second will be added to today’s length, making Tuesday 24 hours and one second long. The move is often used by international timekeepers to k(...)

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(...)