Korean K-pop superstars BTS. Korea’s love affair with K-pop aesthetics makes it more acceptable for men to care about their looks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/EPA

In 2016 one of the most anticipated theatrical shows in South Korea was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The eponymous prota(...)

Yan’an, in the Shanbei region of China’s Shaanxi province: “the dusty birthplace of an epochal story of social change, where an agrarian, inward-looking country evolved into the world’s second-biggest economy”. Photograph:  Getty Images

The sun is setting above Yan’an, where the 1949 revolution in China that swept the communists to power under the leadership of chairman Mao Zedong spr(...)

Ganfeng’s expertise has been in processing lithium raw materials  into the next stage chemical products that can be used in lithium-ion batteries. Photograph: iStock

Carlow is an unlikely staging post in the super-charged rise of a key player in China’s push to dominate the global electric-vehicle revolution. Ganf(...)

A handout image made available by Interpol showing Meng Hongwei, Chinese President of Interpol. Photograph: EPA

French authorities have opened an inquiry into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of international police agency Interpol, after he r(...)

Cathay Pacific missed an F during a paint update. Photograph: Cathay Pacific/HKADB/Facebook

Cathay Pacific has given visitors to Hong Kong airport a surprise by spelling its name wrong on the side of a plane. The Boeing jet was emblazoned wit(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  arriving with his wife Ri Sol-ju  at a train station in Beijing this week. Photograph: North Korean Central News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broke with practice in bringing his wife Ri Sol-ju on his first diplomatic outing to China, delighting many Chinese wh(...)

‘Our biggest competitive advantage is our pool of talent’

In the niche but lucrative world of aircraft leasing the question isn’t why establish in Ireland, but how could you not? Ireland invented the business(...)

Souvenir plates with images of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a shop during the congress of the Communist Party. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Some leading cadres could be surprise omissions from China’s top tier of power as President Xi Jinping prepares to reshuffle the leadership at the Com(...)

Rooney Mara at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in February. Photograph: by JB Lacroix.Wireimage

By her own admission, Rooney Mara has always been a rather serious young woman. As a youngster, between devouring the works of the Brontë sisters, she(...)

Swedish journalist Kim Wall: Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with her killing. Photograph: TT News Agency/Reuters

Police have identified a headless female torso washed ashore in Copenhagen as that of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who they believe was killed by a D(...)

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