China’s  state health system is under strain.  Photograph: Reuters

China will allow foreign investors to wholly own hospitals in seven cities and provinces, the ministry of commerce announced last week, further openin(...)

Aer Lingus and Ryanair had contrasting days. While Aer Lingus rose by 0.6 per cent to €1.409, Ryanair closed down 2.3 per cent at €6.60 on profit taking. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks posted a gain in the first full week of 2014, as data showed US and German unemployment fell and that Ireland returned to the bond mar(...)

A Chinese man and a child ride a toy tank on the frozen Songhua River in Harbin city in China’s Heilongjiang province. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA.

Changes to China’s strict one-child policy, which will allow more parents to have a second child, will begin to roll out early next year.The policy ch(...)

A chicken farm in Changfeng county, Anhui province. Poultry is off the menu in many restaurants in China. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese health authorities are examining the possibility of human-to-human transmission within a family of a new strain of bird flu that has in(...)

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(...)