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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife are accompanied by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and his wife at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Korea News Service via AP

China’s closeness to North Korea blends communist ideology, a delicate geopolitical balance and hard cash, so it is not surprising Kim Jong-un should (...)

Monday’s announcement by Washington represents the most significant move yet by the Trump administration to censure Russia. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

Tensions between Russia and the Western international community deepened on Monday after the United States, European countries and their allies expell(...)

Russian ambassador Yury Filatov with the media in the Russian embassy last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland is not among the 14 EU States that decided to expel a total of 32 Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated move yesterday. However, while not mak(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk arriving on Monday in Varna, Bulgaria, where he announced that 14 EU member states are to expel Russian diplomats following the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain. Photograph: Bulgarian government press office via Reuters

In a co-ordinated wave of demonstrations of solidarity with the UK over the Salisbury nerve agent attack, the US, 14 EU states, Canada and Ukraine hav(...)

A North Korean soldier walks along the banks of the Yalu river in the North Korean town of Sinuiju opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. Photograph:  Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Choi was worried about her sister in North Korea. The last time they spoke, two months earlier, her sister had sounded desperate. She said she had bee(...)

 The cyberattacks, beginning in at least 2013, pilfered more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property from 144 US universities and 176 universities in 21 other countries, the US Department of Justice said. Photograph: iStockphoto

The US on Friday announced sanctions against nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, incl(...)

Syrians who were evacuated from the rebel-held town of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta arrive at a camp for displaced people in Maaret al-Ikhwan, in Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian rebels agreed to surrender a second besieged enclave in eastern Ghouta on Friday, state television reported, as their comrades in another insur(...)

Handout photo from  Ocean Cleanup Foundation of  plastic sample collected in the sea in 2015. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A giant island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean holds as much as 16 times more debris than was previously thought, posing a significant threa(...)

Closer ties: Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen toasts with American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei chairman Albert Chang and Alex Wong, US deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Photograph: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

A popular state-run tabloid has urged China to increase pressure on the US over its growing closeness with Taiwan, and said it should consider militar(...)

In this photograph released by the Syrian official news agency Sana, Syrian government forces oversee the evacuation by bus of rebel fighters and their families, at a checkpoint in eastern Gouta, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Sana  via AP

The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns (...)

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