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Asean leaders in Manila: Najib Razak (Malaysia), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar), Prayuth Chan-ocha (Thailand), Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Vietnam), Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei Darussalam), Hun Sen (Cambodia), Joko Widodo (Indonesia) and Thongloun Sisoulith (Laos). Photograph: Mark Crisanto/Reuters

Leaders from 10 southeast Asian countries expressed their “grave concern” about the North Korean missile crisis in a statement from the Association of(...)

Korean People’s Army soldiers march through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade  marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on Saturday. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea, a small and poor country facing far stronger adversaries and the perpetual threat of its own collapse, would not seem a likely state to d(...)

Micheál Martin suggests dinner date with Simon Coveney to raise money for Marymount Hospice.

All this talk of building walls and restoring barriers and pulling up drawbridges is very unsettling. Why can’t we all just get along? Like they d(...)

Poaching is a major factor contributing to the rapid decline in the numbers of African elephants, with about 20,000 slaughtered every year. Photograph: AP Photo/Denis Farrell

China will slap a total ban on the domestic ivory trade within a year, the government announced on Friday, shutting the door to the world’s biggest en(...)

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

David Attenborough has a lot to answer for. I don’t even own a kitten, and yet I struggled to get through an episode of Planet Earth – which complete(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte: his national war on drugs has led to thousands of deaths since he took office in June. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has said he hunted down drug suspects “personally” during a deadly crackdown he instigated when he was the mayor (...)

President Michael D Higgins: “I think one of the great challenges facing both countries, here in Ireland and in Vietnam, is to get an economic model that will benefit all the people.” Photograph: Paul Sharp

President Michael D Higgins has begun an eight-day visit to Vietnam and Laos that will focus on boosting bilateral ties, especially in trade, investme(...)

Monks in saffron robes enter the  golden Sim at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most famous temple in the north of Laos. Photograph:  Ben Davies/LightRocket/Getty Images

I was sitting cross-legged on the floor of Wat Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh, on the banks of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, entirely alone, when th(...)

President Rodrigo Duterte’s (centre) remarks are the latest in a series of inflammatory statements which have alerted Washington. Photograph: EPA

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signalled growing tension between his country and the United States when he said that he would “cross the Rubicon(...)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte  at the Asean summit in Vientiane, Laos.   Photograph: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has expressed regret for calling Barack Obama a “son of a whore”, which prompted his US counterpart t(...)

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