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Officials including US secretary of state Antony Blinken (second on right) and Yang Jiechi (second on left), director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The first high-level meeting between the Biden administration and Chinese leadership descended into an ill-tempered war of words, as secretary of stat(...)

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, handles inter-Korean affairs for the North. Photograph: Jorge Silva/EPA

Kim Jong-un’s sister has criticised the US and South Korea for holding military exercises in North Korea’s first comments towards Joe Biden’s administ(...)

U.S president Joe Biden speaks before signing an executive order at the White House on February 24th, setting up a government review of US supply chains and seeking to end the country’s reliance on China and other adversaries for crucial goods. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times/Bloomberg

In his first weeks as US president Joe Biden has been focused on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and trying to pass a $1.9 trillion (€1.58 trillion) stim(...)

Registration of attendees at the congress of the New People party in Moscow in August 2020. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin\TASS via Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he doesn’t tolerate dissent, but one new opposition party has flourished. And that party, curi(...)

President Joe Biden signs documents  in the President’s Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP

As Joe Biden enters the White House as president, a new era has begun in the United States. After four years of turmoil, controversy and national divi(...)

North Korea’s parliament to approve Kim Jong Un’s agenda. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament was scheduled to convene to pass decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed m(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal as he disclosed a list of high-tech weapons systems under development, sa(...)

Annie Lynch, 79, from Dublin is administered the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as the first person to receive it in Ireland, at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: EPA/MARC O’SULLIVAN / POOL

The landmass now known as Britain first disconnected from the Continent between 6000 and 5500 BC. Popular, if not populist, descriptions of what happe(...)

For North Korean spies, Austrian capital provides key gateway to Europe. Photograph: Getty

The bestselling author of espionage novels, John le Carré, often places his spies in Vienna. So does Kim Jong Un. The Austrian capital has long been(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2017.  Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

A dissident once branded Enemy No 1 by the Chinese Communist Party is spreading conspiracy theories about vote-rigging in the US presidential election(...)

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