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A news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test. North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

Nuclear-armed North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, drawing condemnation from the United States for wh(...)

Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines in Popasna. Russia has been building up its forces on Ukraine’s borders for months. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/New York Times

China has told the United States it wants to see all sides involved in Ukraine remain calm and avoid increasing tension while the United States stress(...)

Ukrainian soldier Anastasia (21) rests in a shelter near Avdiivka in the Donetsk Oblast  on Wednesday. Photograph: Stas Kozlyuk/EPA

A top US diplomat has said Washington sees “every indication” that Russia will launch a new attack on Ukraine, possibly by mid-February, as US citizen(...)

UA krainian serviceman checks the situation at the positions on a front line near the Avdiivka village, not far from pro-Russian militants controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Stanislav Kozliuk/ EPA

If, as he claims, it is Vladimir Putin’s strategic intention to curtail Nato expansion and weaken European security infrastructure, the Russian presid(...)

Apple has gone to great lengths to placate Beijing amid fierce geopolitical tensions with Washington and has so far avoided falling foul of China’s vociferous army of online nationalists. Photograph: iStock

Apple has reclaimed the top smartphone seller spot in China for the first time in six years as biting US sanctions throttled shipments from rival Huaw(...)

The IMF says inflation is expected to remain elevated in the near term, averaging 3.9%  in advanced economies and 5.9%  in emerging market and developing economies. Photograph: Getty Images

Elevated inflation will persist for longer than expected as supply chain disruption and high energy prices continue in 2022, the International Monetar(...)

Evergrande’s assets are expected to be taken over by state-owned firms in a restructuring led by the provincial government of Guangdong. Photograph: IStock

China Evergrande Group shares rose 6.2 per cent on Monday after it named a state firm official to its board, while two of its peers sold some assets t(...)

German defence minister Christine Lambrecht and vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach  in December. Photograph: Bernd Wustneck/Pool/AFP via Getty

Kyiv has warned Berlin that their bilateral relationship is in “tatters” after the head of the German navy made “arrogant” remarks about Ukraine’s sta(...)

American 1,500m and 5,000m record holder Shelby Houlihan returned a positive test for nandrolone that resulted in a four-year ban. File photograph: Getty

We were standing in the line of duty and suitably disguised behind dark sunglasses when our order arrived in two green-striped boxes decorated with th(...)

In Beijing, people sit on a bench overlooked by Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen (left) and Paralympic mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP

Image of the week: Beijing bound In just a hint that staging the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing might not have been the best of the I(...)

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