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(...)

Rescue workers work next to the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu. Photograph:  Wong Yao-wen/AP Photo

Forty-seven passengers are feared dead and 11 are injured after their aircraft crashed while trying to land at a Taiwanese airport yesterday, hours(...)

A Transasia Airways  plane crashed today while making an emergency landing. Photograph: Reuters

A Transasia Airways plane crashed when making an emergency landing in Taiwan today, killing 40 people, China’s Xinhua news agency said.Taiwan media sa(...)

Mass production of a 4.7in successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, according to media reports

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple’s next-generation iPho(...)

Vietnamese protesters shout anti-China slogans at Ly Thai To park in Hanoi. Photograph: EPA/Luong Thai Linh

China has sent four more oil rigs into a disputed area of the South China Sea less than two months after it placed a giant drilling platform in wat(...)