A South Korean official watches television news channels showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

China expressed outrage over North Korea’s sixth nuclear test after a nuclear explosion caused a tremor in northern China and raised the prospect of t(...)

 Ethnic Uyghur members of the Communist Party of China carry a flag past a billboard of President Xi Jinping in the old town of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang province. Photograph:  Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The Korean nuclear crisis and dealings with the mercurial US president Donald Trump come at an awkward time for Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is keen(...)

Muted tone: opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

China’s ruling Communist Party met in the Great Hall of the People on Sunday for its annual parliament with a pledge to continue reform in the face of(...)

Pope Francis welcomes Syrian refugees at Ciampino airport in Rome following his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte

Not for the first time in this pontificate, Pope Francis sprang a surprise, this time by bringing three Syrian migrant families to the Vatican. Fran(...)

 Bernie Sanders arriving at the Vatican for a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of ‘Centesimus Annus’, a high-level teaching document by Pope John Paul II on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

On Friday afternoon when the time came for US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to address the Holy See’s Pontifical Academy of Social (...)