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Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (centre left) and his running mate Faisal Naseem (centre right)  celebrate their victory in the presidential election in Male, Maldives, on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP

Voters in the Maldives have thrown out the incumbent president, Abdulla Yameen, in an extraordinary rebuke to a leader who jailed political opponents (...)

A woman walks past the Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei. There are 12-30 million Catholics in China. Photograph: Daniel Shih

It’s nearly 70 years since the Communists swept to power in China and the Roman Catholic Church was driven out by the fiercely secular order of Mao Ze(...)

Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province: Tensions between Uighurs and the ethnic Han majority in China have intensified, and hundreds have died in terror attacks and unrest. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

Social stability in Xinjiang has been “hard-won”, China’s public security minister has said, calling for greater “reform through education” for prison(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in, first lady Kim Jung-sook, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju beside the Heaven Lake of Mount Paektu, North Korea. Photograph:   Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool via Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in visited the sacred Mount Paektu on the last day of a three-day summit following(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after a joint news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea has agreed to take additional steps towards denuclearisation, closing its Dongcheng-ri missile engine testing facility and launch pad, Sou(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in shakes hands  with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before their summit at the Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Photograph:  Pyeongyang Press Corps/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed confidence that progress would come in talks with the US about denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, as (...)

US president Donald Trump has escalated trade war with China. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

China will levy tariffs on about $60 billion (€51.3bn) worth of US goods in retaliation for the latest round of US tariffs on Chinese products, as pre(...)

Apparently worsening trade relations between the US and China is having an impact on big US tech players. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Reports that US president Donald Trump is planning a new 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion (€171 billion) worth of Chinese goods, and expectations th(...)

The scene outside the hostel in Stockholm on September 2nd. Image: Screengrab from Guardian video

A disagreement between Chinese tourists and a hostel in Stockholm over check-in time has turned into a diplomatic spat between China and Sweden, with (...)

A woman walks in the rain the day after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Yangjiang in China’s Guangdong province on Monday. Photograph:   Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Four people have died in southern China after the world’s most ferocious storm this year, Typhoon Mangkhut, lashed the province of Guangdong, with win(...)

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