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US secretary of state John Kerry gestures before South Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se this morning at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photograph: Paul J Richards/Reuters

The US will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and will come to the defence of the South if necessary, secretary of state John Kerry said (...)

Old computer monitors being recycled in Beijing, China, this week. First-quarter shipments of PCs fell 14 per cent worldwide from the same time last year, according to International Data Corporation - the deepest quarterly drop since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker and starting to look as though it will never fully recover as a new generation of mo(...)

Rice is the staple food for about three billion people worldwide. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Rice imported from some countries contains high levels of lead that could pose a health risk to children, researchers have claimed. (...)

German premium carmaker Daimler said it might cut its 2013 profit expectations this month, sparking sharp criticism from shareholders gathering(...)

 Sebastian Vettel has apologised for disobeying team orders but does not regret winning last month’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Photograph: Getty Images

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel made clear on Wednesday that his apology to Red Bull for ignoring team orders at the Malaysian Gran(...)

Medical workers take part in a drill that simulates human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus in Hefei, China.Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Chinese police detained at least 10 people for spreading rumours about the H7N9 bird flu virus, state media said today, as the death toll from (...)

The indicator for growth in the euro zone has been gradually increasing over the past few months. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Growth is picking up in most industrialised countries, including in the euro zone, the OECD said today, with the United States leading the way.(...)

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr made the comments to ABC television late on Tuesday from China, where he is on a state visit. Photograph: Reuters

Australia’s foreign minister Bob Carr says Margaret Thatcher made an “unabashedly racist” comment to him about Asian immigration. Speaki(...)

A container area at Ningbo port, Zhejiang province. China saw a forecast-busting 14.1 per cent year on year surge in imports which eclipsed export growth of 10 per cent, signalling that domestic demand was gathering the steam needed to drive economic recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Brent crude futures have steadied around $106 per barrel after China's total imports surged in March, suggesting that recovery in the world's n(...)

Japan Self-Defence Forces soldiers refuel a unit of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo today. Japan has also deployed Aegis radar-equipped destroyers carrying Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in response to North Korea's threats, according to its government. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

South Koreans braced for the "very high" chance of a North Korean missile test as soon as today as a top American military commander said the t(...)

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