Souvenir plates with images of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a shop during the congress of the Communist Party. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Some leading cadres could be surprise omissions from China’s top tier of power as President Xi Jinping prepares to reshuffle the leadership at the Com(...)

Rooney Mara at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in February. Photograph: by JB Lacroix.Wireimage

By her own admission, Rooney Mara has always been a rather serious young woman. As a youngster, between devouring the works of the Brontë sisters, she(...)

Swedish journalist Kim Wall: Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with her killing. Photograph: TT News Agency/Reuters

Police have identified a headless female torso washed ashore in Copenhagen as that of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who they believe was killed by a D(...)

An Audi AG RSQ concept automobile stands on display during a launch event. File photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Online commentators in China have objected strongly to a car advertisement where a woman is examined like an animal by her future mother-in-law at a g(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence described a failed missile launch by North Korea as a “provocation” at the start of a 10-day visit to Asia that will be d(...)

Carrie Lam signs autographs during  campaigning in Hong Kong this week. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Carrie Lam, the favourite to be named Hong Kong’s chief executive on Sunday in a limited poll heavily weighted in favour of pro-Beijing candidates, ha(...)

Donald Tsang,  former leader of Hong Kong, walks out of court after being convicted of corruption. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP Photo

A former leader of Hong Kong has been convicted of corruption over a luxury apartment in mainland China, according to reports. The South China Mornin(...)

Three of the police officers  charged in connection with the beating of a protester arrive at  court in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

A Hong Kong court has jailed seven police officers for two years each for beating a handcuffed protester at the height of the Occupy pro-democracy pro(...)

Leung Kwok-hung, known as “Long Hair”, brings a cut-out of a monkey bearing the likeness of Hong Kong’s chief executive CY Leung  into the chamber before Mr Leung’s final policy address to the legislative council on Wednesday. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Independence is not an option for Hong Kong, outgoing chief executive CY Leung said in his farewell speech, as attentions in the territory now turn t(...)

The oceanographic survey ship, USNS Bowditch, which deployed the underwater drone seized by a Chinese navy warship in the South China Sea last week. Photograph: US navy/Reuters

China and the US have held talks about returning an American underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel last week, but the incident has highligh(...)

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