Lee Joon-seok, captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol which capsized on Wednesday, arrives at a court in Mokpo, South Korea last night. Photograph:  Yonhap/Reuters

School vice-principal takes own life as hope fades of finding students alive

Director Oliver Stone: “We need to see the history, to talk about great figures like Mao and the Cultural Revolution”. Photograph: Getty Images

Director tells Beijing Film Festival that controversial historical issues such as the Cultural Revolution should be depicted

A rescue operation is under way after the ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo Island in Souuth Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

325 of 459 people on board sailing to southern island of Jeju were high-school students

Jill Robinson, chief executive and founder of Animals Asia, at her organisation’s moon bear sanctuary near Chengdu, in Sichuan province, China. To date Animals Asia has rescued 285 bears in China. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Animals Asia to transform farm into sanctuary, saving 130 bears

Chinese president Xi Jinping has made stamping out corruption one of his government’s primary aims

Leaked files included names, addresses, phone numbers and letters sent to police chief

Air pollution in Beijing is frequently many times the level considered safe by the World Health Organisation. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Containers filled with air from Provence village of Forcalquier

Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Guo Yongxiang, a former deputy governor of Sichuan province, faces prosecution

Queen Mathilde of Belgium, China’s President Xi Jinping, King Philippe of Belgium and Mr Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, prior to a state dinner at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/EPA

Political systems of other countries would not suit Chinese, president says on Belgium visit

An unfinished residence that belongs to former People’s Liberation Army general Gu Junshan, who has been charged with corruption,  according to state news agency Xinhua. Photograph: Reuters

Former general Gu Junshan charged with embezzlement, bribery and misuse of state funds

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