Liberal MP Warren Entsch (centre) hugs Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coach/EPA

Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed almost unanimously through parliament ju(...)

China’s new plan to slash import taxes on a wide range of consumer goods promises to boost the prospects of multinationals in the Chinese market, with(...)

Study’s findings will undercut one of the arguments used by the No campaign in Australia – that children need both a mother and a father to flourish

As the marriage equality vote draws toward its close, a comprehensive study published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows children raised in sa(...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping: expected to tighten his grip on power and reshuffle the leadership. Photograph: EPA/ Roman Pilipey

President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign has punished about 1.34 million “flies” since it began nearly five years ago, a sign the ruling Commun(...)

 Crowds at Dublin Castle react to hearing the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Australian campaign for marriage equality has followed in the footsteps of Irish campaigners by asking parents and grandparents to speak about the(...)

A worker carries a steel bar at a construction site of a residential building in Huzhou, China

China’s economy continues to defy analysts’ expectations for a slowdown, with GDP expanding 6.9 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, th(...)

 Women making toys for export at a factory in Ganyu in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. The central government is working to shift China’s economic model away from over-reliance on exports and investment.  Photograph: AFP

Output from China’s factory gates combined with strong retail sales in May paint a sunny picture of the world’s second largest economy, but a cooling (...)

China’s GDP increase was the biggest in 18 months. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

China’s economy continued to accelerate in the first quarter of 2017, with GDP clocking up a better-than-expected 6.9 per cent rise from a year ago, b(...)

People born during China’s one-child policy, which ended this year. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

On the streets of Beijing, there are an increasing number of pregnant women pushing prams, formerly a rare sight in a city where the one-child policy (...)

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, arrives in the Laotian capital, Vientiane, for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Australia’s resource-rich economy expanded at its fastest annual pace in four years last quarter, clinching a remarkable run of 25 years without reces(...)

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