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Locals sit near the site of a fire in Beijing’s Baiqiangzi village, which is mainly inhabited by migrant workers, in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Five people died and nine were injured after a fire broke out in a house in a migrant worker neighbourhood of Beijing, weeks after authorities starte(...)

It is impossible not to marvel at the scale and scope of Jia Zhangke’s eighth feature film.

On the eve of the millennium Chinese youngsters dance to the Pet Shop Boy’s cover of Go West. Shen Tao (director Zhao’s longtime collaborator and off(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: has previously expressed a desire to use diplomatic channels with Pyongyang. Photograph:  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from US demands(...)

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Ireland’s answer to Alcatraz has scooped second place in the World Travel Awards coming in ahead of such world famous landmarks as the Great Wall of C(...)

The PSNI and an Garda are calling for anyone with information on Lu Na McKinney to get in touch.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are appealing for information about Lu Na McKinney who died near Devenish Island in Ferm(...)

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-In: Relations with China have been strained since the deployment of the Thaad system by Seoul. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in travels to Beijing this week for talks with China’s Xi Jinping, with the agenda expected to focus on the North Kor(...)

Kaohsiung harbour in Kaoshiung, southern Taiwan. “The day that a US navy vessel arrives in Kaohsiung is the day that our People’s Liberation Army  unifies Taiwan by military force,” said Li Kexin, minister at China’s embassy in Washington DC. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat has said mainland China will invade Taiwan if the US sends navy ships to the self-ruled island, prompting a bout of verbal (...)

Saoirse Ronan chatting to Mary J Blige on the red carpet at the IFP Gotham Awards in November, while Greta Gerwig is interviewed. Ronan won an award for her role  in Lady Bird, which Gerwig directed.  Ronan has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award. Photograph: Rebecca Smeyne/The New York Times

Saoirse Ronan continues a seemingly inevitable run to a third Oscar nod with a nomination for best actress (comedy or musical) at the upcoming Golden (...)

Guo Ping of Huawei and Dr Patrick Prendergast, provost of Trinity College. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the company’s expanding Irish operations are a “strong endorsement of Ireland’s tech credentials”. Photograph: iStock

Chinese phone provider Huawei has partnered with Trinity College Dublin as it aims to grow its research and development (R&D) output in Ireland. (...)

Adam Driver at the red carpet event for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his (...)

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