A man and girls read messages left by pro-democracy protesters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying vowed today to stay in office. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying has vowed to stay in office, warning students demanding his resignation that their pro-democracy movement(...)

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep at a street outside Hong Kong’s government offices this morning. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory’s top official resigns by the end of the (...)

Protesters wave mobile phones as they sing during a rally blocking the main road to the financial central district in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours of today, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of (...)

 Policemen resting at the end of the first day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one (...)


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Photographs of Albanian priests killed during the former Communist regime hang in the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, yesterday, ahead of a one-day visit to Albania by  Pope Francis tomorrow. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Sitting at the fashionable Taiwan Bar in front of his three mobile phones and his iPod, 16-year-old Toni looks like a lot of his contemporaries in the(...)

Prospective parents should be no more than 42 years older than the child they are adopting, the Adoption Authority of Ireland has recommended.  Photograph: Franz Pfluegl/iStockphoto/Thinkstock/Getty.

Prospective parents should be no more than 42 years older than the child they are adopting, the Adoption Authority of Ireland has recommended. It urge(...)

Sky high:  workers have just topped off the Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second-largest skyscraper.  Photograph: Reuters

Clifford CoonanTaking a good, stand-back reading of the Chinese economy is always a difficult task, especially if one’s spectacles do not happen to be(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. The explosion, caused by a gas leak in Taiwan’s second city, killed 24 people, injured over 270 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, a government agency said. Photograph: Michael Wang/Reuters

A series of underground gas explosions have killed at least 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan’s second-largest city, hurling concrete through the ai(...)

Ali Grehan: “Being invited to help curate the Taipei World Design Capital 2016 year is a terrific honour and a huge endorsement of the Pivot Dublin Project.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ali Grehan, Dublin City Council architect and founder of the Pivot Dublin project, has been asked to to be part of a seven-person World Design Capi(...)