From left: former Chongqing police chief and Bo protege Wang Lijun; former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai; Bo’s estranged wife Gu Kailai. Photographs: Jinan Intermediate People’s Court/handout via Reuters

The prosecution has demanded severe punishment for disgraced senior Communist Party cadre Bo Xilai at the end of China’s trial of the century , an unu(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along the military fences near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea from South Korea. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

North Korea has indicated that it might be prepared to negotiate as the region seeks a way to defuse tensions on the Korean pe(...)

People take part in an oath-taking meeting before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansudae Hill in Pyongyang yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

South Korea has asked China, North Korea’s only major ally, to muzzle its ideological ally and has raised its surveillance after the North move(...)

A woman  at the tombstone of a deceased relative at a public cemetery a day ahead of the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, in Shenyang, Liaoning province, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese people today mark the festival of Qingming, Tomb Sweeping Day, a public holiday when people honour their departed loved ones by visitin(...)

A chicken vendor at a market in Fuyang city, in central China’s Anhui province. Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain. Photograph: AP

Chinese health authorities have stepped up monitoring of avian flu after two men died in Shanghai from a strain of the virus that has not previousl(...)

Rescuers march to an area to search through rock and debris at a gold mine after a mudslide in Gyama village, in Maizhokunggar County of Lhasa, Tibet.

Rescuers in Tibet digging for survivors of a giant mudslide that buried 83 people at a gold mine said the chances of finding anyone alive at this s(...)

From left: Chinese president Xi Jinping, his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete, Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and her Tanzanian counterpart Salma Kikwete, during a farewell ceremony as they prepare to leave fromJulius Nyerere International Airport. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

China’s new president Xi Jinping will feel as he returns from an eventful maiden overseas trip that he has done his bit to rea(...)

A worker in protective clothing prepares to haul away dead pigs pulled from a river along Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai. The number of dead pigs found in the Shanghai river that provides drinking water to the Chinese financial hub has risen to almost 15,000. Photograph: AP

CLIFFORD COONAN Nearly two weeks after officials began pulling pig carcasses out of the Huangpu, t(...)