Lorries queue along the M20 in Kent outside Ashford, south east of London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 1:04

British prime minister David Cameron’s description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm” has been condemned as “inflammatory” and “disgrace(...)

The bar Chill in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As a magnet for the young, Saigon, as the city is locally known, is a place of opportunity, fun and increasing affluence. Photograph: Christian Berg/New York Times

Taking a puff from a hookah and a sip from her beer, Thuy Truong, a 29-year-old tech entrepreneur in a black cocktail dress, pondered the question: Wh(...)

An insult too far

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump went too far. Throughout his raucous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, the propert(...)

John McCain: “It’s just totally inappropriate for Mr Trump to say that he doesn’t like to be with people who are captured.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US senator John McCain urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday to apologise to US military families for saying prisoners of war(...)

Donald Trump: asked whether John McCain was owed an apology, Mr Trump told ABC talk show This Week: “No, not at all.” Photograph:  Joshua Lott/New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has stirred controversy again after questioning the war record of Republican senator John McCain, a fo(...)

Republican presidential contender and businessman Donald Trump. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump attacked Arizona senator John McCain’s war record on Saturday, saying the former prisoner in North Viet(...)

Pro-choice ...  members of the Bolivian feminist group ‘Mujeres Creando’ (‘Women Creating’) dressed as nuns protest  outside the Cathedral of La Paz ahead of the recent visit of Pope Francis. Photograph:   EPA/ABI Handout

On April 24th last, four campaigners sat in at the El Salvador embassy in Washington and invited the authorities to arrest them. Their aim was to high(...)

Bright prospects? If Chinese workers continue to retire at 60, by 2030 the ratio of workers to retirees will drop precipitously from roughly 5:1 today to just 2:1.. Photograph:  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

The rise of China to become a major world economy is one of the big changes in the world economic order over the last quarter century. That rise to ec(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to the media as he arrives for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Anglo Irish Bank was going down the tubes. Alarm bells were going off everywhere. But it wasn’t Brian Cowen’s job to keep a watchful eye on wha(...)

US navy crewman points to a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US navy/Handout/Reuters

China is close to completing a 3,000m-long airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new (...)