Chinese president Xi Jinping delivering a speech at the Communist Party congress in Beijing on Wednesday. China’s legal system has become worse during the five years of Mr Xi’s ’s rule, say rights activists. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

China has made great progress in constructing its judicial system, delegates were told at the Communist Party congress in Beijing, and legal experts (...)

The Cranberries perform at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.

Pubs, hurling and the Cranberries are among a list of props being used to market Ireland as a tourism destination to the Chinese. They figure in ser(...)

Fighters on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier participating in a drill with South Korean warships in the East Sea on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Yonhap

The South Korean army has said it is developing a missile powerful enough to destroy North Korea’s underground military facilities and command centre(...)

Air pollution is the worst type of fatal pollution, linked to 6.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a global investigation  published in The Lancet.  File photograph: Getty Images

Pollution is blamed for up to nine million deaths each year worldwide, disproportionately affecting people living in some of the world’s poorest count(...)

March 2016: a  mural of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia is negotiating with US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370, which vanished three ye(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping shakes hands with former president Jiang Zemin at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party’s congress on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Top Chinese communists hailed “Xi Jinping Thought” at a party congress, a sign the leader’s political theory will be incorporated into the constituti(...)

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks edged up to near four-month highs with a raft of company results in focus while euro zone bond yields rose from five-week lows as inve(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

Stewardesses prepare tea flasks for delegates before the opening ceremony of the  Communist Party congress. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Just over an hour into Xi Jinping’s opening speech at the 19th Communist Party congress, and 12 young women in purple jackets and black trousers appea(...)

President Xi Jinping arriving for the opening session of China’s Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on  Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

President Xi Jinping hailed a historic new age of Chinese power at the start of a decisive Communist Party congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the Peo(...)