Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

People rest with their heads under umbrellas on a road during a protest in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on Thursday. The Hong Kong government has called for thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators to end their protests and free up the city centre. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Hong Kong‘s leader, Leung Chun-ying, has told pro-democracy protesters that he has no intention of stepping down, and warned that the consequences of (...)

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep at a street outside Hong Kong’s government offices this morning. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory’s top official resigns by the end of the (...)

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir (left) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir (centre) in Juba, South Sudan, for talks to aid efforts for a ceasefire deal. Photograph: Phillip Dhil

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, while China has called for an immed(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag yesterday containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

UN experts completed a third day of inspections in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus yesterday, seeking evidence of chemical weapons attacks, as(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “ China is a priority market for Ireland and strengthening our relations with China is critical to our exporters and to our economic recovery as a whole.”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore kicked off a four-day trade mission to China yesterday aimed at underlining the growing importance to Ireland of the world’s se(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry wants China to take a more active stance against North Korea. Photograph:  Paul J. Richards/Reuters

The United States and China have today agreed to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, foll(...)