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Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou receives a model of an Apache attack helicopter from the Taiwanese army’s commander in chief Lee Shying-jow on Friday. Some suggest the island’s residents were expressing their unhappiness with the government of Mr Ma in choosing “fake” as their word of the year. Photograph: Taiwan military news agency handout/EPA

And the defining word in the self-ruled Chinese island of Taiwan for the year 2013 is . . . fake!“Jia” (fake) saw off “hei” (black) and “luan” (chaos)(...)

Declan Coyle and with his wife, Annette, and three children.

Declan Coyle, a former Columban missionary, who is now a married father of three children including a nine-year-old boy with severe disabilities, has (...)

(From right), Lt-Cmdr K Suzuki with Shoji Otake, Japanese consul on Cebu  and Gsugomu Nakagawa, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Manila. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

A small and not insignificant moment in history was passed this weekend at the Philippines Air Force base adjoining Cebu Airport on Cebu Island in the(...)

A paramilitary soldier patrols near visitors posing for souvenir pictures at Tiananmen Square in Beijing

China said it was “gravely concerned” about reports the United States has been tapping its phone calls and has demanded an explanation from Washington(...)

There are more than 600 flights a week between China and Taiwan. It is disconcerting to think that decisions about how this is regulated are made without the participation of a major player such as Taiwan.

Air routes are the highways of the skies – designated pathways between points X and Y. Just like their terrestrial counterparts, there are different t(...)

High-potency statins such as atorvastatin and rosuvastatin showed a significant inverse association with developing dementia. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs may help prevent dementia while also reducing the risk of developing cataracts, new research s(...)

The Motorola Moto X smartphone  will cost $199 when it goes on sale later this month with the five largest US mobile operators. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Google unveiled the Motorola Moto X smartphone yesterday, its latest attempt to leapfrog Apple’s iPhone – this time with a device packed full of s(...)

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Of course, Lewis Jackson and his friends weren’t really thinking about that when they were playing their local sc(...)

 Bernard Tomic of Australia plays a forehand during his  first round match against Sam Querry of the United States. Photograph: Getty

Early days in SW19 and compared to Monday’s raucous farewell to Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic restored some top table order. The number one seed entertai(...)

One of those who managed to slip through the tax loophole before it was closed was Irish trucking magnate Robert “Pino” Harris. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The appearance of one significant Irish name on the database of offshore records is explained by a loophole in the Irish tax laws that the Revenue Co(...)

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