Changzhou Foreign Languages School in Jiangsu province: a total of 493 students at the school have developed blood abnormalities and diseases such as dermatitis, eczema and bronchitis. Some have even been diagnosed with leukaemia and lymphoma.

Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into what is becoming known as a “toxic school”, after nearly 500 students in Jiangsu suffered seri(...)

A man stands by a display cabinet of the Causeway Bay bookshop in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Image

-As pressure grows on Hong Kong’s coveted autonomy from mainland China, four local booksellers kidnapped by mainland police confessed that they illega(...)

Roads cut through the site where EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping sealed a multibillion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that prime minister Davi(...)

The Long Room, Trinity College: inspiration for the set of Harry Potter

Ireland’s tourism promoters do not have the advertising spend in China that countries like Australia do, but they have proven very adept at getting th(...)

A Chinese baby born with a cleft lip was abandoned by his parents and buried in a cardboard box two days later, but rescued alive eight days further o(...)

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(...)