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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un   boards a train in Pyongyang for Hanoi, Vietnam, for a second US-North Korea summit. Handout photograph: KCNA/EPA

Donald Trump and his most senior diplomat moved on Sunday to lower expectations for this week’s summit with North Korea, having previously overstated (...)

Former US president Barack Obama and Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2012. Photograph: Jason Reed

Looking back, “pivot” was always a silly word for the transfer of American attention to Asia. Minted by Barack Obama’s administration almost a decade (...)

US president Donald Trump speaks on Friday in the Rose Garden of the White House, where he lamented that he will probably never be given the Nobel Peace Peace Prize, in spite of deserving it. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

US president Donald Trump made the case on Friday that he deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but comp(...)

Stephen Biegun (R) shakes hands with South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon (L) prior to their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. Photograph: Kim Min-Hee/Getty Images

The top US envoy for North Korea returned from three days of talks in Pyongyang and will meet again with his North Korean counterpart before the secon(...)

 Vietnam’s president Tran Dai Quang who died at age 61. Photograph:  AP

Vietnam’s president Tran Dai Quang, a former chief of internal security who became one of the most high-profile leaders in the communist-ruled country(...)

Former US president Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service of US senator John McCain  at National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday. Photograph:  Chris Wattie/Reuters

Former US president Barack Obama has honoured John McCain as “a warrior, a statesman, a patriot who embodied so much that is best in America” as he le(...)

Visitors walk along the 150m Cau Vang, or  Golden Bridge, in the Ba Na Hills near Danang, Vietnam. Photograph: Linh  Pham/AFP/Getty Images

In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has(...)

The Villa Spada, the Irish embassy in Rome. Derek Hannon is to replace Emma Madigan as teh new ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican.

The Government has agreed a series of ambassadorial appointments, finalising a round of changes in Ireland’s diplomatic representation around the worl(...)

Trinh Xuan Thanh, a former oil executive, stands trial at the courtroom of Hanoi People’s Court on Monday. Germany says he was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents from a Berlin park last year. Photograph:  Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Vietnam began the trial on Monday of 22 executives charged over losses totalling hundreds of millions of dollars at the state oil firm, PetroVietnam, (...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit gala dinner in Manila. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

For the last week on the road, US president Donald Trump had been measured, disciplined and studiously scripted as he picked his way through the geopo(...)

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