The files link nine of the country’s most prominent families, including a relative of president Xi Jinping,  to secret offshore companies, mostly based in the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese government remained silent on Friday on revelations from the Panama Papers that the families of three of the seven people on the Standing (...)

Mossack Fonseca’s office in Panana. The firm has branches in Hong Kong, Miami, Zurich and more than 35 other places around the globe . The firm is one of the world’s top creators of shell companies, corporate structures that can be used to hide ownership of assets.

A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vlad(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Bryan Sheehan display their high-fielding skills during their Football League Division One game against Down at Páirc Esler, Newry, on Sunday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho.

Jarlath Burns, chair of the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules, who piloted the reform through annual congress last Saturday, has said that the m(...)

The GAA Congress voted for a mark in football for high catches, but proposals to bring All-Ireland finals forward didn’t fly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Although the GAA director general Páraic Duffy said that he was disappointed with the outcomes of a number of Saturday’s debates, the weekend’s annual(...)

It now seems likely that one of few GAA Congress motions submitted by the Standing Committee on Playing Rules may be withdrawn from the clár before (...)

Wang Baoan took over as head of the National Bureau of Statistics in April last year, having earlier been deputy finance minister. Photograph: Reuters

The recently installed head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Wang Baoan, is being investigated for “severe disciplinary violation”, acc(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping, with his wife Peng Liyuan: some commentators say he  may not turn up at the Communist Party gathering in the seaside town of Beidaihe. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

The atmosphere surrounding the annual closed-door meeting of China’s Communist Party leadership at Beidaihe seems tentative this year. It’s not clear (...)

Rescuers trying to find survivors from a cruise ship that sank in the Yangtze River cut into the ship’s hull as hopes faded of finding more people alive. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China has pledged that there would be “no cover-up” of an investigation into the sinking of a cruise ship on the Yangtze River, which has left 65 peo(...)

Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior target yet of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crackdown. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

The investigation into former security czar and member of the Politburo’s all-powerful Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, makes him the most senior v(...)

Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phones during a campaign to kick off the Occupy Central civil disobedience event in front of the financial Central district in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

China’s parliament said it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for 2017 elections in Hong Kong, dashing hopes of greater democracy and r(...)