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Aerial view from November 2014 of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Photograph:  SARAH LAI/AFP via Getty Images

Australia has labelled a draft decision by the UN’s World Heritage Committee to include the Great Barrier Reef on its “in danger” list as politically (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un receives applause at Thursday’s plenary meeting of his ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee. Photograph: STR/KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un urged preparation for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, state news agency KCNA said on Friday, (...)

Chinese state media and social networking platforms have called for boycotts of major Western brands, including H&M, after statements made by the company in the past about Xinjiang cotton resurfaced online. Photograph: Getty

When Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M said in September that it was ending its relationship with a Chinese supplier accused of using forced labour, (...)

People surf in waves off Jumeira beach near the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. Dubai replaced its top health official on Sunday after coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates, of which it is part, spiked in recent weeks. Photograph: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

After opening itself to New Year revellers, Dubai is now being blamed by several countries for spreading the coronavirus abroad, as questions swirl ab(...)

A recent tweet by a Chinese government official was ‘utterly outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis’, said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP/File

Canberra has accused Beijing of sharing a “repugnant” and fake image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodstained knife to the throat of an Afghan (...)

The furore facing the South Korean technology group Samsung came after BTS band member Kim Nam-joon, known as RM, commented on the 70th anniversary of the Korean war. Photograph: EPA

Samsung has withdrawn products branded with K-pop superstars BTS from online platforms in China after a band member’s comments on the Korean war spark(...)

People enjoy a music party inside a swimming pool at the Wuhan Maya Beach Park in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Photograph: EPA

In Shanghai, restaurants and bars in many neighbourhoods are teeming with crowds. In Beijing, thousands of students are heading back to campus for the(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping. Photograph: Thet Aung/AFP via Getty

China has defended the World Health Organisation (WHO) and criticised the Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the body. Foreign ministry (...)

A masked worker checks pigs in a hog pen in Suining, Sichuan province, China. Photograph: EPA

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic vi(...)

 Police stop and search a man after they entered a shopping mall to disperse people attending a lunchtime rally in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph:   Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)

China passed a contentious national security law on Tuesday that will enable authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong(...)

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