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Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks to environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Friday. Photograph: AP

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg hit back at critics including US president Donald Trump on Friday, saying their mockery of children shows her message (...)

Samsung vice chairman Jay Y Lee is escorted as he leaves the Seoul central district court after   a retrial was ordered over bribery charges. Photograph: Getty Images

South Korea’s highest court ordered the retrial of Samsung vice chairman Jay Y Lee over bribery charges, reviving legal uncertainty around the country(...)

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, at a  National Security Council meeting in Seoul on Thursday. Photograph: South Korean presidential Blue House via Getty Images

South Korea has scrapped a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, citing a “grave change” in security conditions after Tokyo placed export res(...)

Replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile (C) and South Korea’s Hawk missiles (R) are displayed at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on August 16, 2019. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea launched at least two projectiles into the sea on Friday, South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea’s pre(...)

Instead of sending signals of support to the pro-democracy activists who have taken to the city’s streets in defiance of the Beijing-backed leadership,  Donald Trump has dismissed the demonstrations as ‘riots’ while sticking closely to Communist Party talking points by stating that the issue was one ‘between Hong Kong and China’. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

After a tumultuous few weeks, Asia seems to be on the brink of multiple crises at once. India’s suspension of Kashmir’s autonomous status, continuing (...)

Korean K-pop superstars BTS. Korea’s love affair with K-pop aesthetics makes it more acceptable for men to care about their looks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/EPA

In 2016 one of the most anticipated theatrical shows in South Korea was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The eponymous prota(...)

A man watches a TV news programme showing an image of a  Russian A-50  aircraft at  Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on  Wednesday. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Russia’s embassy in Seoul on Wednesday said that Moscow had not apologised for an alleged airspace violation the previous day, after South Korea said(...)

A Chinese Xian H-6 jet bomber allegedly attempting to violate Japanese air space on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Japanese defence ministry

Russian and Chinese bombers have carried out the countries’ first joint long-range air patrol in Asia, spooking regional rivals and drawing warning sh(...)

South Korean fighter jets on a training exercise. The defence ministry said its planes fired warnings at Russian aircraft on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Seoul says it has fired warning shots after Russian military planes entered South Korea’s airspace. South Korea’s defence ministry said multiple Russ(...)

 Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral: has already been sentenced to 198 years in a series of trials following a corruption spree. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski

Rio de Janeiro paid out bribes to members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to secure the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, (...)

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