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The winding facility for the construction of poloidal field coils during the launch of the assembly stage of nuclear fusion machine Tokamak of  the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, France. Photograph: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images

The world’s largest nuclear fusion project moved to “assembly phase” on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma energy source expe(...)

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

One of South Korea’s most prominent elected officials, the longtime mayor of its capital, was found dead, police said on Friday, after he was reported(...)

Two Chinese kids wear protective masks as they visit the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty

The novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 has infected more than 2 million people around the world, with the death toll from the virus now standing at a(...)

A sign reading ‘You will never beat New York’ is seen in the window of The Penrose during the coronavirus pandemic on April 15th, 2020 in New York City. Photograph: Cindy Ord/Getty Images.

China is refuting allegations that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated in a laboratory near the city of Wuhan where contagious samples were b(...)

 Relatives of inmates clash with police officers outside the Rebibbia prison, where a riot broke out, in Rome on Monday over new measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Italy’s prime minister vowed to impose “massive shock therapy” on the country to fight the explosion in cases of coronavirus as the government began t(...)

Coaches carrying passengers that have been repatriated to the UK from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus in Yokohama, Japan, arrive at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral, where they will be quarantined for 14 days to protect against the spread of the illness should any of them be infected. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Cases of the new coronavirus in Italy, the worst affected country in Europe, rose on Saturday to nearly 60, including two people who have died, and sp(...)

US president Donald Trump holds a news conference on the final day of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump has invited North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to shake hands at the Korean demilitarised zone (DMZ). Mr Trump is scheduled to visit(...)

Rescuers in boats at work following the collision between a pleasure boat and cruise ship on the Danube river. Photograph: AP

Hungarian police late on Thursday said they had taken into custody the captain of a cruise ship involved in a collision on the Danube River in central(...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered a blistering critique on Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ vision.   Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Fifty one EU and Asian leaders on Friday sent out a defiant alternative vision championing global co-operation and commitment to common international (...)

People perform during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Kim Jong-un presided over a tempered military parade on Sunday, in the latest sign that he wants to revive stalled nuclear talks with the US as he pus(...)

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