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 US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with China's premier Li Keqiang during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai compound  in Beijing, yesterday as part of his Asiann tour. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry vowed today that the United States would protect its Asian allies against any provocative acts by North Korea (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry wants China to take a more active stance against North Korea. Photograph:  Paul J. Richards/Reuters

The United States and China have today agreed to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, foll(...)

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(...)

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