A pamphlet featuring Shinzo Abe at  a campaign rally in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Sunday, October 15th: Mr Abe looks set to retain his coalition’s dominant position in parliament. Photograph: Eiji Ohashi/Bloomberg

A few months ago, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was on the political ropes, fighting accusations of cronyism and corruption. Now, the Liberal Dem(...)

China’s import and export growth accelerated in September, suggesting the world’s second-biggest economy is still expanding at a healthy pace despite (...)

 Kim Jong-un with his sister Kim Yo-jong in April 2017: the North Korean leader has promoted his younger sister to the centre of power. Photograph:  Damir Sagolj/Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister Kim Yo-jong to the country’s decision-making political bureau as it gears up for the f(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  with President Donald Trump last month. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has denied he has considered resignation and pledged loyalty to Donald Trump in the wake of a report that he had c(...)

 US president Donald Trump: ‘I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.’ Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

US president Donald Trump said on Sunday he told the top US diplomat not to waste his time trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, (...)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi   before their meeting in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it is in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its mi(...)

The North Korean and Chinese flags: The Korean nuclear crisis has put China in an awkward position and Beijing repeatedly emphasises its stance calling for talks. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

China has ordered North Korean companies in the country to close as it implements United Nations sanctions, stepping up pressure on Pyongyang to aband(...)

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says: ‘Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd’. Photograph: AFP/Mandel Ngan

The White House has dismissed a claim by North Korea’s top diplomat that a tweet by Donald Trump was a declaration of war. “We have not declared war” (...)

This picture taken on September 23, 2017 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 24 shows an anti-US rally in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump dialled up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the weekend, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader (...)

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong-ho addresses the  UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

US air force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of for(...)