Catherine McKeon:  “Before the accident I wouldn’t have gone to a gym; I wouldn’t have done that much. But after it I took up rowing and Muay Thai and I started going to a gym. And I think that really helped my recovery.”

A jeep changed her life. Catherine McKeon’s motorbike came out the wrong end a crash in Thailand and she was left with a serious brain injury and “ha(...)

Chinese children in Beijing wait for their train to set off  to their home town for the spring festival, or lunar new year. The auspicious Year of the Monkey begins on February 8th. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

It’s spring festival in China, and the country resounds with firecrackers as people noisily celebrate the start of the Year of the Monkey, always an a(...)

A protester wearing a mask of missing bookseller Lee Bo sits in a cage during a protest against the disappearances of booksellers in Hong Kong, on January 10th. Photograph:  Vincent Yu/AP

China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday its law enforcement officials would never do anything illegal, especially not overseas, after the United Sta(...)

File photo: The charity World Animal Protection said its thoughts were with the man’s loved ones but the incident was a “stark reminder” that elephants are not meant to be ridden. Photograph: Rachel Harris /PA Wire

A Scottish holidaymaker has been killed on an elephant trek during a family trip to Thailand. The man, named in reports as 36-year-old Gareth Crowe,(...)

The new superstitious trend among Thai people involves carrying, talking and caring for factory-manufactured ‘Luk Thep’ dolls. Photograph: EPA/Narong Sangnak

A Thai airline will allow passengers to purchase seats for life-like dolls that their owners treat as real children due to their belief that they poss(...)

File photograph of Peter Dahlin, a human rights worker from Sweden, in Beijing in April 2014. Photograph: Jonah Kessel/The New York Times

China has released and expelled the Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin who was detained on subversion charges earlier this month as part of a br(...)

Electricity can be generated using machines that run on biogas produced from processing palm oil mill effluent.

Asia Biogas, which builds power plants that turn waste into power and is owned by a group of Irish and Singaporean investors, has just started commerc(...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

Screen grab taken from Chinese state broadcaster CCTV shows Gui Minhai, a Swedish national and co-owner of publisher Mighty Current in Hong Kong, speaking in an interview broadcast on January 17th, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the European Union to sanction China’s state-owned broadcaster CCTV and the official (...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)