“The preponderance of facts tells us that the more severe the corruption problem becomes, it will ultimately lead the party and the nation to perish,” said China’s president Xi Jinping in November. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

When He Shen, the most corrupt official of the Qing dynasty, was ousted after 24 years as a court favourite of Emperor Qianlong, investigators discove(...)

As a word, vaping has yet to achieve common currency, but it is getting there. Short for vapourising, it describes the process whereby nicotine is inh(...)

The impact of the global economic crisis on human rights in Ireland is the focus of international human right(...)

Wind turbines on Scrine Hill outside Roscommon Town. Photograph: Gerard O’Loughlin

The proposals to build 2,300 wind turbines in the midlands to serve the UK market is already proving to be contentious even before a single one(...)