Taiwan

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A damaged building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, after an earthquake hit the city. Photograph: EPA/STR

Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 85 people missing after a ma(...)

Pope Francis has sought to make a deal with China since he became pontiff in March 2013. Photograph: Reuters

An accord establishing diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Beijing will come “sooner or later” because of the current pope’s “wisdom” and w(...)

People monitor a stock index board at a bank in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph:Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

European shares were a sea of red on Tuesday morning following Wall Street’s slump on Monday when the Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped by nearly (...)

Retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen: ‘Am I the major obstacle in the process of reaching a deal between the Vatican and China? If that is a bad deal, I would be more than happy to be the obstacle.’ File photograph: Paul Yeung/Reuters

China’s most outspoken cleric, the retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen, has accused the Vatican of “selling out” the Catholic Church in China after (...)

Mexico bound: all inclusive tips to resorts in Cancun are expected to be in demand from Irish holidaymakers

More than 38,000 people streamed into the RDS Simmonscourt over the weekend for the annual Holiday World Show which was home to more than 1,000 travel(...)

The Killarney Park Hotel, owned by Padraig and Janet Treacy

TripAdvisor has named the top ten Irish hotels for 2018 in the traveller’s choice awards. The Killarney Park Hotel, owned by Padraig and Janet Treacy,(...)

A satellite image of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, located about 230km off the Philippines and 650km from the southern Chinese island province of Hainan. The shoal is also claimed by the Philippines and Taiwan.  Photograph:  USGS/Nasa Landsat data/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images

China has warned the US to steer clear of disputed territory in the South China Sea and vowed “necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty after a(...)

Belgium’s David Goffin of Belgium serves to Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis on day five of the 2018 Hopman Cup in Perth. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury and will then decide whether to take part in the(...)

Taiwan’s supreme court has ordered a dentist to pay his mother a €600,000 upbringing fee. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It is an age-old arrangement, and one that is usually implicit: Parents pay for their children’s educations, and hope that in their old age the childr(...)

Kaohsiung harbour in Kaoshiung, southern Taiwan. “The day that a US navy vessel arrives in Kaohsiung is the day that our People’s Liberation Army  unifies Taiwan by military force,” said Li Kexin, minister at China’s embassy in Washington DC. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat has said mainland China will invade Taiwan if the US sends navy ships to the self-ruled island, prompting a bout of verbal (...)

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