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China’s gross domestic product grew 6.9 percent in 2017, according to a report of the National Bureau of Statistics. Photograph: Wu Hong/ EPA

China’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 6.9 per cent in 2017, beating both the official target and analysts’ forecasts, and marking the first ti(...)

Erden Kazhybek, the head of Kazakhstan’s Institute of Linguistics, illustrates different spellings of one sound in the Kazakh language in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/New York Times

In his 26 years as Kazakhstan’s first and only president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has managed to keep a resurgent Russia at bay and navigate the treach(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping has overseen a major crackdown on dissenting lawyers and civil society reformers. Photograph:  Mark Schiefelbein/AFP/Getty Images

A senior Chinese human rights lawyer and activist, Yu Wensheng, said he has had his licence to practice law revoked, three months after he wrote an op(...)

Pakistan: A risky estrangement

The decision by the United States to suspend almost $1 billion in security aid to Pakistan may have been accompanied by President Donald Trump’s trade(...)

DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, January 10th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Global bond yields rose after Bloomberg reported that Chinese officials were said to be wary of American government debt, further roiling a bond marke(...)

The signing ceremony between the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity Limited at the Transport Ministry building, in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a US seabed exploration firm up to $50 million (€42m) if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron sealed a flurry of multimillion euro business deals during the French president’s first official visit to Chi(...)

Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s unification minister (L) and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, shake hands  during a meeting in the DMZ in Paju, South Korea. Photographer: KPPA/Bloomberg

North Korea has offered to send a taekwondo martial arts team, cheerleaders and high-ranking officials to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next mont(...)

Increases in air traffic to Ireland will bring more than 30 new routes to Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Ireland West, Belfast City and Belfast In(...)

The United States and the United Kingdom, both in the grip of political chaos at home, are also in retreat on the world stage. In Germany, a reluctant(...)

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