Stephen Cunningham who cycled to Beijing  from Dublin in aid of Crumlin children’s hospital

Marketing analyst Stephen Cunningham raised €60,000 on 14,000km journey

US secretary of state John Kerry: “He is like a ferocious wolf pretending to be a benevolent sheep,” said North Korea’s National Defence Commission. Photograph: EPA/Jason Reed

Pyongyang personal attack cites US secretary of state’s ‘hideous lantern jaw’

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Light, as part of a major crackdown, state media has reported. Photograph: Getty

Arrests come after five members charged with killing of a woman in a McDonald’s

A Uyghur Muslim muezzin uses a bullhorn to call the evening prayers in Kashgar. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fifteen officials censured in Xinjiang province

The Chinese government keeps a tight grip on traditional media such as newspapers and television, but online platforms are under intense censorship due to fears that the web poses a threat to the Communist Party’s dominance. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

New-media groups should be strong, influential and credible, says Xi

Sky high:  workers have just topped off the Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second-largest skyscraper.  Photograph: Reuters

Hard to feel bearish about the world’s second biggest economy in Shanghai

China quaffed more than 1.9 billion bottles of red wine last year.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

China is now the biggest consumer of wine in the world

Shark fins drying in Hong Kong: Most Chinese consumers surveyed online said they gave up shark fin soup in the past three years. Photograph: Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images

Price and sales of shark fin, long a mainstay at banquets, are down by 50 to 70 per cent in China

The cement industry in China is getting dangerously close to a glut.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Cement output grew 3.6 per cent in the first half of this year

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