President Barack Obama bows as he is greeted by Japan’s Emperor Akihito during  a previous visit to Tokyo in 2009. He will be in Japan next month for a G7 summit

After less than a year in office, US president Barack Obama famously bagged a Nobel Peace Prize for a thin pledge to build a world without nuclear wea(...)

Crew members of Japanese submarine Oyashio (left) work on the deck while Japanese destroyers  dock at a port of the former US naval base in Subic bay, north of Manila, in the   Philippines.  China has an ongoing row with Tokyo over the ownership of islands in the region. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” after foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) bloc of advanced economies issued a statement strong(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (centre left) puts his arm around Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima. Photogaph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US secretary of state has John Kerry visited the Hiroshima memorial, delivering a message of peace and hope for a nuclear-free world seven decades aft(...)

Alexey Breus, a former Chernobyl engineer: ‘When I saw reactor four, I understood what it really means for your hair to stand on end. It was like something from a nightmare.’ Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Alexey Breus never wanted to go to Pripyat, the model Soviet city built for staff at what was one of the world’s biggest atomic power stations: Cherno(...)

Fr Joseph Mallin, son of Michael Mallin, with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Kilmainham Gaol in 2006. Now aged 102 and living in Hong Kong, Fr Mallin was this week awarded the freedom of  Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Patrick Pearse’s closest relative and the nephew of a famous RAF flying ace are among those who will be attending this weekend’s Easter Rising commemo(...)

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