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(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a long-range rocket launch in North Korea on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

There was a chorus of condemnation after North Korea defied international sanctions to launch a long-range rocket carrying what it said was a satellit(...)

Tom Connolly: “There is a heightened sense of care, warmth and genuine interest in the customer here that I believe Europe could learn a lot from.”

Tom Connolly’s international career began on Westmoreland Street in Dublin in the spring of 1995, when the graduate trainee at the Burlington Hotel pi(...)

A worker makes lanterns at a factory ahead of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year. Photograph: REUTERS/China Daily

Despite slowing economic growth, Chinese New Year is a major cash-fest. The country’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, has been adding admin(...)

George Soros: famously broke the Bank of England.  Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

The Red Fire Monkey is supposed to be an very lucky year in the Chinese zodiac, but slowing economic growth in China means that investors and consumer(...)

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw. Lawmakers  will form Myanmar’s ruling party, with enough seats to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

After an historic day yesterday when pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi entered Myanmar’s parliament, the southeast Asian nation focused on ap(...)

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi after attending the first day of a new parliament session in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday. Photograph: Hein Htet/EPA

Wearing flowers in her hair and looking poised and calm, Aung San Suu Kyi took her seat in the front row of Myanmar’s parliament after more than 50 ye(...)

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after the last day of the parliament’s lower house regular session. Photograph: Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar will form its first democratically elected government since the military junta took power in 1962 when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

Wang Baoan took over as head of the National Bureau of Statistics in April last year, having earlier been deputy finance minister. Photograph: Reuters

The recently installed head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Wang Baoan, is being investigated for “severe disciplinary violation”, acc(...)