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Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand

“What are you doing here?” A Burmese woman levels this question at me, a bemused expression on her face, on the three-hour circle train that loops aro(...)

In the shadow of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the Black Valley.  Photograph: Tom Fahy

The newly named Reeks District of Kerry has made it on to the Rough Guide list of top places to visit in 2019, joining a Chinese region known for its (...)

About 80.4 per cent of HIV/Aids patients in China had received anti-virus treatment as of the end of last year. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

The number of people living with HIV and Aids in China has jumped by 14 per cent this year, health authorities reported, with more than 820,000 people(...)

  Former US president Bill Clinton and Irish businessman Denis O’Brien shake hands at the Concern Worldwide 50 years Tackling Extreme Poverty Conference in Dublin Castle on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In 1968, John O’Loughlin Kennedy, his wife and a legion of like-minded volunteers launched an appeal to help hungry Biafrans in west Africa who were s(...)

Soldiers make their way through a flooded village as part of the ongoing rescue effort Photograph: Jes Aznar/Getty

Troops searched for survivors in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a hydropower dam sent a torrent of wat(...)

People walk through flooded area after being brought to safety by boat in Sanam Xay district, Attapeu Province, Laos. Photograph: Attapeu Today/Reuters

Rescuers are searching for scores of villagers missing after part of a newly-built hydroelectric dam broke in south-eastern Laos, flooding the surroun(...)

Boys from an under-16 soccer team and their coach wait to be rescued after they were trapped inside a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Photograph: Reuters

Thai authorities are racing against the clock to rescue 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a cave, saying they may attempt to evacuate the gr(...)

A Hong Kong fan waves a flag that reads ‘Die for Hong Kong’ during a world cup qualifier at Mong Kok stadium in Hong Kong in 2015. File photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong football fans booed, turned their backs and brandished their middle fingers during a performance of China’s national anthem at a friendly a(...)

Central to the recent Asian diplomacy on the North Korea crisis has been the regional forum organised in Manila by the Association of Southeast Asian (...)

Kien Pheng making spoons from recycled explosives at Ban Napia in Laos. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The village of Ban Napia in the Xieng Khuang province of Laos has become a tourist destination in recent years. It’s not because the village is partic(...)

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