An ambulance carrying the coffin of a death row prisoner arrives at Wijayapura port after returning from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters 1:37

Australia will withdraw its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the execution of two of its citizens for drug smuggling.Prime minister Tony Abbott(...)

Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, speaks to journalists at Wijaya Pura port after visiting his brother  at Nusakambangan prison in Indonesia on Monday.  Andrew Chan is among nine convicted drug traffickers facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia this week. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Kanupriya Kapoor and Jane WardellIndonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from A(...)

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(...)

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on his flight back from Manila in the Philippines  to Rome on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Giuseppe Cacace 1:36

Does Pope Francis talk too freely and too much off the cuff? On a cold, wet January morning in the Vatican, that almost blasphemous thought crossed th(...)

Militants are seen on the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A firefight erupted today between a group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Islamist militants who were s(...)

Manila peace?

Seventeen years of stop-start negotiations over a bloody 45-year conflict which has cost more than 120,000 lives last Thursday culminated in a (...)

Skeletons of victims of the Nanjing Massacre on display at the memorial museum. The massacre by Japanese troops of the Chinese population of Nanjing in 1937-38 was one of the worst atrocities of modern times.

China’s foreign ministry has criticised remarks by a senior board member of Japanese state broadcaster NHK, who denied that Japan’s troops carried out(...)

A student prepares disaster relief packages before distributing them after Typhoon Haiyan battered central Philippines, inside the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila today. Photograph: Reuters

The United Nations expressed fear today that some Philippine islands hit by a giant typhoon have not been reached 10 days after disaster struck and Pr(...)

 Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan rush to grab fresh water delivered by a US military helicopter to their isolated village north of Tacloban today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Mobbed by hungry villagers, US military helicopters dropped desperately needed aid into remote areas of the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, as su(...)

People grab supplies after an air drop by the Philippine Air Force at first light in a remote village today in Leyte, Philippines. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Survivors began rebuilding homes destroyed by one of the world’s most powerful typhoons and emergency supplies flowed into ravaged Philippine islands,(...)