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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(...)

US health secretary Alex Azar speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15th as Donald Trump looks on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The US is sending the highest level cabinet official to Taiwan since cutting diplomatic ties with Taipei 41 years ago, reflecting rising support for t(...)

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong  was among those banned from running   in a key election. Photograph:  Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong on Thursday disqualified a dozen pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, citing reasons including collusion with foreign fo(...)

Passengers wearing face masks on an Olympic Air De Havilland Canada aircraft flying from Athens.  Certain  factors on board, such as raised seat backs, can help lessen virus transmission. Photograph:  Nicolas Economou/ NurPhoto via Getty Images

As airlines rush to return their fleets to the skies, the industry is battling to restore confidence among travellers that flying in an enclosed aircr(...)

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak after a court appearance linked to the 1MDB scandal in 2018. Photograph:   Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

What is 1MDB? Originally 1MDB – an abbreviation of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (which means limited) – was nothing more than a Malaysian state fund,(...)

Pier with the sun setting behind a distant lighthouse in the Sea of Japan/East Sea. Photograph: Fábio Nascimento

The battered wooden “ghost boats” drift through the Sea of Japan for months, their only cargo the corpses of starved North Korean fishermen whose bodi(...)

US president Donald Trump and his China counterpart Xi Jinping at a business leaders’ event in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November, 2017. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Ferocious partisanship has its uses. If nothing else, a divided nation can console itself that no government idea goes unexamined and unopposed. Scrut(...)

Protesters hold flags that read ‘Hong Kong Independence’ during a protest in Causeway Bay district, in Hong Kong. Photograph: Roy Liu/Bloomberg

Leading Hong Kong lawyers are warning of a stark new era of mainland justice as they digest the full impact of China’s new national security law impos(...)

Nicholas Burns: ‘Ireland has historically had a close relationship, trade and investment ties with the United States, and the United States puts a lot of trust in Dublin’

Ireland can be a bridge between the United States and the European Union following the exit of Britain from the bloc, the former US ambassador to Nato(...)

A Long March 3B rocket carrying a  final Beidou satellite at  the Xichang satellite launch centre in Xichang, Sichuan province, on June 23th, 2020.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

China has launched into orbit its final Beidou satellite, completing a decades-long project to establish a domestically-developed navigation network t(...)

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