North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 pm on Friday after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his front-line military units to go on a “semi-war state” on Friday after South Korea said the two countries h(...)

Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the closing session of the Chinese People’s political consultative conference at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping urged China’s annual parliament to step up the process of reform, including reform of China’s national defence forces, as(...)

A view of China’s first moon rover,  Jade Rabbit, is seen on the lunar surface in this still image taken from video provided by China Central Television (CCTV) today. Photograph: CCTV via Reuters TV.

China has hailed its lunar probe mission a success after the country’s first moon rover and the landing vehicle that carried it there took photos of e(...)

A subway in Shanghai yesterday where a TV  screen shows   China's newly elected president  Xi Jinping. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In the months leading up to the National People’s Congress, which yesterday appointed Xi Jinping as president, the Xinhua n(...)