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A Baifu pet cemetery worker  decorates a new pet tomb ahead of the Qingming festival on the outskirts of Beijing. Millions honoured their ancestors on Sunday as part of tomb sweeping day. Photograph:   Jason Lee/Reuters

The first day of China’s traditional Qingming holiday, or tomb sweeping day, saw millions of Chinese visit burial sites to honour their ancestors by p(...)

Lufthansa: using iBeacon

Merger of hotel groups in a spin after Chinese bid The world’s largest hotel deal was nearly derailed over the last week. The offer by Marriott Hotels(...)

A rocket is launched during a demonstration of North Korea’s new rocket launching system in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

North Korea continues to register its outrage at a UN embargo over its nuclear weapons programme, as leader Kim Jong-un inspected a new multiple rocke(...)

This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 20, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting landing and anti-landing exercises of the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea.  Photograph: Getty Images

North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said. The operation comes amid heigh(...)

A man watches a TV screen showing a file footage of the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: AP

North Korea has fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea, days after leader Kim Jong Un ordered tests aimed at developing technology to bui(...)

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s only woman athlete competing in the Olympic games in Tokyo, says goodbye to her husband, Seán, at Dublin Airport, in 1964 before leaving for Japan. Photo: Dermot Barry

When women first took part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, four years after the first modern Olympics in Athens, it was something of a novelty.(...)

South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol  after putting his first stone against Google’s artificial intelligence programme, AlphaGo, during the third Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Google via Getty Images

Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) programme on Saturday took a 3-0 lead in a five-match series against one of the world’s top players of the compl(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un: his only significant ally, China, urged the North to abandon its “self-destructive course”. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and threatened “stern” actions against new U(...)

Kim Jong-un has ordered that nuclear warheads be readied for firing ‘at any moment’ in the face of sanctions on North Korea. Photograph: EPA/Rodong Sinmun

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time, as the country’s only significant ally China (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting a  machine factory in Nampo city this week. Photograph: AFP Photo

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to adopt tougher sanctions against North Korea. The council adopted a draft resolution(...)

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