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A rocket carrying the Chang’e-4 lunar probe including a lander and a rover blasts off from  Xichang launch centre in the Sichuan province of China in December. Photograph: VCG via Getty

China’s space ambitions are shifting into a higher orbit. Following its successful and world-beating trip to the far side of the moon, China is prepa(...)

Lieut-Gen KJS Dhillon, India’s top military commander in Kashmir (centre), accused Pakistan’s main spy agency of “controlling” those behind last Thursday’s bombing. Photograph:   Farooq Khan/EPA

Prime minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan would retaliate if India attacked in response to last week’s bombing in the disputed Kashmir region, (...)

A sailor and a woman kissing in Times Square as people celebrate the end of second World War on August 14th, 1945, in New York. Photograph: Victor Jorgenson/US Navy via The New York Times

The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square, New York celebrating the end of the second World War has died aged 95. George Mendonsa fel(...)

Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has pushed back against the US, telling the BBC there was no way the US can crush the company. “The world cannot leave u(...)

Pedestrians stand outside an HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch in Hong Kong. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

HSBC sounded an upbeat note after its fourth-quarter earnings fell short of estimates, telling investors that it’s still aiming to meet its key financ(...)

California attorney general Xavier Becerra:  Suing   Trump over his emergency declaration to fund wall on  US-Mexico border. Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

California and 15 other US states have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border. Californi(...)

Japanese former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, who was sentenced to death for the murder of four members of a family in 1966. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Iwao Hakamada (82) spends a lot of time in the neat apartment he shares with his sister gazing out the window. After 48 years in jail, most of it in s(...)

 Eamonn Murphy at the Four Courts after the HSE  secured a High Court order against his website. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

An anti-abortion activist has insisted that a new website he has launched is not covered by a High Court injunction secured against him for a separate(...)

The home of Minister for Education Richard Bruton was targeted last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The right to protest in public is an essential aspect of our democracy and is recognised under the Constitution and in international treaties. That ri(...)

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan and Saudi Arabia’s  prince Mohammed bin Salman  in Islamabad,  February 18th. Photograph: Press handout via Reuters

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on a three-nation Asian tour with the aim of demonstrating he is welcome in the east if not in som(...)

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