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Ahn Hee-jung, former South Korean presidential contender of the ruling Democratic Party, arriving at court in Seoul. Photograph:  Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

Ahn Hee-jung, a former rising star in South Korean politics, has been acquitted of raping a female aide in what has been the most high-profile trial i(...)

It has been a long hot summer of bad ideas. The last three months have been a sweltering beach of marketing wheezes so irredeemably flawed that it’s b(...)

The old district of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang province, in 2016  . Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is an autonomous region that is home to 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

International pressure is growing on China after reports that more than one million ethnic Uighurs are being interned in political re-education camps (...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jon-un meeting South Korean president Moon Jae-in at the demarcation line that divides their countries at the summit in the truce village of Panmunjom in April. Photograph:  Korea summit press pool/AFP/Getty Images

South and North Korea agreed on Monday to hold a third summit meeting between their leaders in Pyongyang in September, after the two met for high-lev(...)

Economist Tim Lee,  predicted that Turkey’s currency would collapse. Now, he foresees a broader financial crisis. (Nick Hagen/The New York Times)

For the last seven years, Tim Lee has been warning that a financial crisis in Turkey would set off a wider calamity in global markets. Just about nob(...)

A mother (left) and her postpartum nanny in Beijing. Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times

For decades, China harshly restricted the number of babies that women could have. Now it is encouraging them to have more. It is not going well. Alm(...)

In April, ethnic Uighurs took part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region.  File photograph: Getty Images

A UN human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a (...)

Oil drilling platform on Caspian shelf in western Kazakhstan: huge inland body of water has rich oil and caviar resources. Photograph: Anatoliy Ustinenko

After more than two decades of talks, the five nations surrounding the Caspian Sea plan to finalise an agreement this weekend on the status of the hug(...)

Man with child at a subway station in Nanjing, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province: People aged 60 and above make up about 16.2 per cent of the population. Photograph: Getty Images

A series of postage stamps featuring two pig parents and three happy piglets has prompted speculation that China may be about to further ease its rest(...)

Heaps of disused, abandoned bikes in graveyards around China’s cities show how hubris has soured the e-bike revolution. Photograph: AFP

Coded by colour, the bicycles piled high in the bike graveyard in Beijing are evidence of a boom turned to bust. The wheels, saddles, frames and handl(...)

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