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Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E/AP

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the US Central Intell(...)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping toasted the Russian leader  Vladimir Putin as his 	‘best friend’.   Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

As China pivots towards Russia amid its escalating trade war with Washington, military tensions have been ratcheted up in the region on a number of fr(...)

US President Donald Trump and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May during a dinner at Winfield House on Tuesday. The question of the tech giant Huawei came up during Trump’s state visit to the UK. Photograph: Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images

A populist is someone who abhors the metropolis and demands its respect. According to the cultural right, big cities are teetering Babels, lawless and(...)

A file image from June 5th, 1989 of an anti-government protester standing in front of  tanks in  Tiananmen Square. The military suppression  pro-democracy protests  claimed hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives. Photograph: AP

Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe said on Sunday the bloody crackdown on protesters around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 30 years ago was the “correct”(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe defended the Republic’s trade relationship with the US. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The US Treasury included Ireland on its economic watchlist on Tuesday as it broadened the range of nations it is reviewing for signs of unfair economi(...)

Tony Smurfit, CEO Smurfit Kappa Group Plc. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty

Just weeks after US packaging group International Paper (IP) decided last June to abandon its pursuit of Smurfit Kappa, it landed upon another buying (...)

A  public housing estate in the Toa Payoh district of Singapore. The government has announced new rules for those willing to buy older properties. Photographer: Bryan van der Beek/Bloomberg

Singapore’s aging public housing has been a source of anxiety, for home owners and the government alike. It’s become particularly acute in the lead up(...)

  Joko Widodo takes a selfie with local residents after his victory speech following the announcement of election results at a slum area in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA

The woman threw herself on the road in front of the motorcade, forcing the vehicle with the licence plate “Indonesia 1” to slam on the brakes. “Jokow(...)

Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) were among five banks hit with a €1.07bn fine for taking part in a foreign exchange trading cartel. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Brussels has fined Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Japanese bank MUFG just over €1 billion for participating in cartels to manipulate the forei(...)

Nestlé chief executive Mark Schneider. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Nestlé has entered exclusive talks to sell its skincare business to a group led by EQT Partners for 10.2 billion Swiss francs (€9.02 billion) in what (...)

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