Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe  has announced an agreement between the Road Safety Authority and the Canadian province of  Manitoba allowing for the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

A second Canadian province has agreed to the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones, according to Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe(...)

A Filipino fisherman in the foreground with  US Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay  to the rear during a landing exercise on a beach at San Antonio, Zambales province, Philippines,  on April 21st, 2015, as part of annual Philippine-US joint military manoeuvres some 220km  east of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Filipino activists denounced China’s coastguard on Tuesday for allegedly turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near wh(...)

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 (...)

The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)

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Taiwan is probably better known for its semiconductors and its complicated relationship with mainland China than it is for its liquor.Think again. Acc(...)

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Taiwan’s cross-island highway slices through the country’s north-south mountain range, linking the underpopulated, Pacific-facing east coast and th(...)

Thailand’s  legislature has passed a law that criminalises commercial surrogacy and prevents foreigners from seeking surrogacy services in the kingdom. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto

Thailand’s military-picked legislature has passed a law that criminalises commercial surrogacy and prevents foreigners from seeking surrogacy services(...)

Armed riot police gather outside the Kaohsiung Prison in southern Taiwan. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Six armed inmates attempting to escape a southern Taiwan prison killed themselves, ending a 14-hour siege after holding the prison warden and head gu(...)

TransAsia  ATR-72 passenger aircrafts parked at Taipei’s Songshan Airport. 29 of the airline’s pilots have been suspended following proficiency tests instituted after last week’s fatal crash. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

The Taiwan government ordered all airlines to review their safety protocols after nearly half of the pilots trained to fly TransAsia’s ATR twin-engine(...)

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Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)