Chinese president Xi Jinping (second from left): called for greater convergence between traditional media and new media. Photograph: Diego Azubel-Pool/Getty Images

As part of China’s ongoing crackdown on news, president Xi Jinping has ordered journalists to learn “Marxist news values” and uphold the values of the(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter  Robinson has  expressed “suspicion” that senior republicans such as Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness received official British guarantees that they would never face prosecution for alleged involvement in actions such as the killings of Jean McConville and Frank Hegarty. Photograph: Will Oliver/PA Wire

The comfort letters issued to the so-called republican on-the-runs (OTR) must be declared “null and void” so that pledges of non-prosecution should ha(...)

 A Malaysia airlines jet on the apron at  Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. Malaysian Airlines has lost contact with one of its jets, a Boeing 777-200 en route to Beijing, the airliner said this morning. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast tod(...)

A police officer talks to a man next to attendants during an inspection to combat against crimes involving prostitution, gambling and drugs, at a bath centre in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer.

China’s government told police across the country to get tough on prostitution, gambling and drugs following an expose in the “sin city” of Do(...)

Journalist Chen Yongzhou gives his confession in a detention room at the Changsha Public Security Bureau detention centre in Changsha City, Hunan Province. Mr Chen’s lengthy explanation of how he invented negative stories about the Changsha-based firm is the latest in a series of televised confessions by suspects in high-profile or politicised cases.   Photograph: China Central Television/Reuters TV

A Chinese financial reporter detained on suspicion of harming a business’ reputation confessed on state television today that he was fed untrue inf(...)

China is stepping up its action against corrupt health officials but the current crackdown involving executives of Glaxo- SmithKline is the highest pr(...)

Volkswagen design chief Walter de Silva  after the Volkswagen Golf was named World Car of the Year. Photo: Reuters

Volkswagen’s new Golf has been named “world car of the year” at the New York auto show this week, adding another accolade to the seventh genera(...)