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

Pedestrians and shoppers in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, which is linked to Queensway by Hennessy Street, named after Corkman Sir John Pope Hennessy, eighth governor of Hong Kong between 1877 and 1882.  Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Hong Kong Letter: Sir John Pope Hennessy never quite adjusted to empire’s rules

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