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Equities in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore all rose, lifted by data showing American consumers are more upbeat than any time since 2000. Photograph: iStock

Asian stocks outside Japan built on gains for a second day as a rise in consumer confidence rekindled optimism in the strength of the US economy. Oi(...)

Hours after the US  banned electronic devices in cabins on flights from  eight countries in the Middle East and north Africa, Britain tightened airline security on flights from the same regions, banning laptops and tablet computers from  cabins. Photograph: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images

The banning of electronic devices on some flights is another blow to travellers this week, especially road warriors. The US ban (which was followed by(...)

Vietnamese  Doan Thi Huong (c)  is escorted by police officers out from Sepang court in Malaysia. Photograph:  Daniel Chan/AP

Malaysia on Wednesday charged two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader in an ass(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his half-brother Kim Jong-nam, who was killed in a Malaysian airport  earlier this week. Photographs: Wong Maye-E, Shizuo Kambayashi/AP Photos

The Indonesian woman arrested over the killing of the North Korean leader’s half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a prank o(...)

Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar’s Muslim minority and legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, is seen during an interview in Yangon in January 2016. Photograph: Phyo Thiha Cho/Reuters/Myanmar Now

A legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy was shot dead outside the country’s busiest airport on Sunday, in a rare outbreak o(...)

Sinead Lawson with her husband Randi at the Blue Lagoon in Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

I think I was destined to be an eternal nomad; at the age of two I left Dublin with my family for my father’s job in the Middle East. I became what wa(...)

Pokemon Go players at Akihabara shopping district in Tokyo on Friday. Photograph: Toru Yamanakatoru/AFP/Getty

1. A woman playing Pokemon Go in a cemetery had to call emergency services to rescue her after she got stuck up a tree. Firefighters in Clarksboro, N(...)

 Indonesian president Joko Widodo: “These  crimes have undermined the development of children, and these crimes have disturbed our sense of peace, security and public order. So, we will handle it in an extraordinary way.” Photograph:  EPA

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has signed a decree authorising chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders and requiring those rele(...)

Hong Kong: Ireland is to open a Consulate General in the city which will come as welcome news to those trying to promote Ireland in this fast-growing region. photograph: jerome favre/bloomberg

Last month, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, announced an expansion of Ireland’s missions abroad, includ(...)

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