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 Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the region wanted to see China take a responsible leadership role or risk becoming isolated. Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPA

Grappling with the North Korean nuclear crisis and second-guessing Washington’s plans for the Asia-Pacific are liable to dominate the region’s premier(...)

  Regent Street, London: consultant Bain forecasts growth of 7-9 per cent in luxury sales in Europe, and highlights the bright spots of the UK and Spain. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The global luxury market is expected to grow by a solid 2-4 per cent this year in a clear sign that the turnaround in performance for the sector that (...)

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen watches a live-fire drill in Magong on May 25th. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

Officials in self-ruled Taiwan have requested details about China’s arrest of Taiwanese human-rights activist Lee Ming-che on a state subversion charg(...)

US sailors on USS Dewey, which sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Mischief Reef, one of three locations in the Spratlys where China has reclaimed land. Photograph: Kryzentia Weiermann/US Navy/AFP

A US Navy destroyer has sailed close to a Chinese-built artificial island in the South China Sea, the first such patrol in the hotly contested waterwa(...)

Marriage equality supporters celebrate outside the  constitutional court in Taipei after its ruling on Wednesday in favour of same-sex marriage. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Taiwan’s top court has made a landmark ruling in favour of same-sex marriage, paving the way for the self-ruled island to become the first jurisdicti(...)

A Chinese soldier on guard in  Beijing.The CIA considers spying in China one of its top priorities. File photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

The Chinese government dismantled CIA spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two yea(...)

Archbishop Thomas White was only the second Irish man in the history of the Catholic Church to have served as a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a bishopric.

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Ame(...)

A Royal Malaysian air force Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jet. Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets intercepted a US WC-135 plane, which was conducting a radiation survey in international airspace over the East China Sea, according to the US. Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPA

Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets buzzed an American radiation-detecting aircraft in what the US air force described as an “unprofessional” manoeuvre ove(...)

Corning, a public company with a market capitalisation of $26 billion, has provided the iPhone’s glass screen for the last decade. Photograph: EPA

Apple made the first investment from its new $1 billion US “advanced manufacturing” fund into the multibillion-dollar company that has provided the iP(...)

Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Photograph: EPA

The death has taken place of Archbishop Thomas White (85), a priest of Ossory diocese who had one of the most varied careers an Irishman has had with (...)

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