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(...)

Following his arrival in the Philippines from Sri Lanka, Pope Francis travels through Manila, where tens of thousands crowded the streets to glimpse the pontiff. Photograph: Francis Malasig/EPA 1:38

Cheering throngs greeted Pope Francis when he arrived in the deeply Catholic Philippines yesterday for the first papal visit in 20 years to a country (...)

Filipino farmers Leobeneldo Gacita and his son-in-law Arcenio Estosane arrange a Christmas tree made of trash from relief goods in the typhoon devastated village of Pinamitian, in the eastern Samar province of the Philippines. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

By today, the Philippines will have spent $1 billion paying foreign debts in the seven weeks since typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the country. It w(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspect a farm under the Korean People's Army.`The place most likely to have a 10 per cent growth story is North Korea,' says author Joe Studwell

There’s a 500kg gorilla in the corner of the room when discussing Asia’s remarkable rise over the past few decades: why has the success has been so un(...)