US President Barack Obama tries virtual reality glasses as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) tour Hanover Messe Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany April 25, 2016. Photograph: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Image of the week: Peak virtual Yes, these are the fingers on the nuclear button, but what do they look like viewed in virtual reality? Only Barack(...)

An internet cafe in Beijing. Data shows that nearly 29 per cent of China’s 650 million internet users used a Virtual Private Network to get online during the last three months of 2015. Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/The New York Times

He is the architect and perennial defender of the system of internet controls known as the Great Firewall of China, on which searches for controversi(...)

A photograph of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama who a senior Chinese official has accused of ‘making a fool’ out of Buddhism. Photograph: Abhishek N. Chinnappa/Files/Reuters.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is “making a fool” of Tibetan Buddhism with suggestions he may not reincarnate, or reincarnate as somet(...)

Cao Jianming: ‘The SPP will firmly crack down on hostile attempts to infiltrate the country, subvert the government and cause destruction, as well as terrorist attacks, and secessionist and extremist activities.’ Photograph: Reuters

Top Chinese judicial figures told the country’s annual parliament that the government would maintain a major offensive against “infiltration, subvers(...)

M ost every Sunday I wake up and think: Today I will walk down to the Poolbeg Lighthouse. Today I will take a bracing walk. Today I will fill my lung(...)

The British are very good at pageants and ceremony, and over the five days of the visit of China’s President Xi Jingping they have been laying it on w(...)

Chinese and British flags fly in front of Buckingham Palace on the Mall in London, Britain October 19th, 2015. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were due for a day of pageantry on their first full day in Britain, with a ceremonial welcome at(...)

“I’m never going to say I can’t again, I can” said Bangladeshi born Nadiya in tearful triumph

Her flavours were flawless, her banter was brilliant and her smile lit up the tent. Bookies’ favourite Nadiya Jamal Hussain carried off the Great B(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

The Dalai Lama has suggested that his successor could be female — but only if she is “very attractive”. Photograph: PA

The Dalai Lama has suggested that his successor could be female — but only if she is “very attractive”. The spiritual leader said there was no reason (...)