Fighters on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier participating in a drill with South Korean warships in the East Sea on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Yonhap

The South Korean army has said it is developing a missile powerful enough to destroy North Korea’s underground military facilities and command centre(...)

French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The election of Audrey Azoulay as director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on October 13th w(...)

Ireland’s win against Wales, courtesy of James McClean’s winning goal, brings the national team closer to a place at the World Cup – and reminds us that international soccer has a way of subverting the rules of global power. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Ireland’s win against Wales, Martin O’Neill’s team is within two matches of a spot at the World Cup – another reminder that international soccer (...)

In Ireland, we dodge ladders, black cats and magpies, but other cultures have their own seemingly senseless superstitions. Photograph: Getty Images

Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you tr(...)

A US air force B-1B bomber taking off from Andersen air force base, Guam, on Tuesday. Photograph: Joshua Smoot/AFP/Getty Images

The US air force has flown two B-1B strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, amid simmering tensions in th(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: Pyongyang has been boosting its cyberwarfare capabilities in recent years, taking aim at both government targets as well as corporate networks. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korean hackers stole a major trove of classified data, including South Korean and US war plans, in a major security breach last year, a parliam(...)

Ireland is ranked 33rd out of 100 countries in terms of the value of its brand

Ireland is one of the fastest growing national brands in the world, with its value rising 24 per cent last year to $427 billion, according to a new st(...)

A refugee prepares to perform a ceremonial offering to relatives in North Korea, near the Demilitarised Zone. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s unification minister has urged North Korea to allow separated families to see their long-lost relatives – something that hasn’t happene(...)

Chinese security personnel keep watch on pedestrian traffic during the week-long ‘Golden Week’ holidays at a zebra crossing in Shanghai. Photograph:  Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of millions of China’s newly flush middle class took to road, river and rail for the country’s extended National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival(...)

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 (...)