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Leh, the capital of  Ladakh: locals expect their new status will help them  emerge from the “dominating shadow” of Kashmir. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

India’s predominantly Buddhist enclave of Ladakh has welcomed the federal government’s decision to separate it from the disputed and insurgency-ridden(...)

 President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, DC on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg

The US will outspend any other country  in building up its nuclear arsenal, President Donald Trump has  said, in a fresh chal(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence addresses the Hudson Institute on the administration’s policy towards China in Washington, DC. Photograph: JIm Watson/AFP/Getty Images

China has accused US vice-president Mike Pence of making slanderous, baseless accusations after he said Beijing was trying to sway the US midterm elec(...)

An Uighur man drinking in a tea shop in Kashgar City, Xinjiang province, China.  A UN panel said about a million Uighurs were being held in a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

China has rejected comments by United Nations human rights experts calling for the release of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs allegedly held i(...)

A woman  walks past US consulate in Guangzhou, China. A number of US diplomats were evacuated this week after complaining  of symptoms similar to those “following concussion or minor traumatic brain injury”. Photograph:   Sue-Lin Wong/Reuters

China has said it is prepared to help get to the bottom of a mysterious illness that has sickened Americans working at the US consulate in the souther(...)

Police walk  past a missing person notices for Gui Minhai (left), in Hong Kong in January 2016. He has been taken into custody again in China. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP

The EU ambassador to China has called for the release of Gui Minhai, a Swedish national who was among a group of booksellers detained in 2015 for alle(...)

Wu Gan, a blogger better known by his online name “Super Vulgar Butcher”, plans to appeal the eight-year sentence handed down by the Tianjin Municipality’s No 2 Intermediate People’s Court, his lawyer said. File photograph: From Youtube video

China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a gover(...)

A photo distributed  by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang in late August 2017. File photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP

A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for sup(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and  British counterpart Theresa May at Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo on Thursday. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/Reuters

Britain and Japan said on Thursday they would co-operate in countering the threat posed by North Korea, two days after it fired a missile over norther(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: AFP

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday said “talking is not the answer” to the tense standoff with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, b(...)

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