A screengrab of the South China Morning Post which featured a front page image of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Screengrab: South China Morning Post

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern made a surprise appearance on the front page of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post this weekend, shaking hands(...)

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Pollution was back in the headlines ahead of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, as the Chinese government scrambled to clea(...)

29-year-old British banker Rurik Jutting (C) is guarded by police on his way to the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts in Hong Kong, China today. Photograph: EPA/Apple Daily

A 29-year-old British banker appeared in a Hong Kong court today charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his (...)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The protests aren’t stopping the shoppers. Photograph: EPA/MAST IRHAM

As the Hong Kong protests continue, the expectation has been that the democracy demonstrations in key business districts during the National Day Golde(...)

People rest with their heads under umbrellas on a road during a protest in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on Thursday. The Hong Kong government has called for thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators to end their protests and free up the city centre. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Hong Kong‘s leader, Leung Chun-ying, has told pro-democracy protesters that he has no intention of stepping down, and warned that the consequences of (...)

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators defied tear gas and pepper spray to occupy the city centre, as police undertook the biggest crackdown since the city returned to Chinese rule. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests today and baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government di(...)

New properties in Taiyuan, Shanxi province: Data from the China Real Estate Index System (Creis) showed weak momentum in the property market continued for the fourth month in a row. Photograph: Reuters

Hangzhou, Chongqing, Xian, Wuhan . . . driving through China’s second- and third-tier cities for the past couple of years, it’s been hard not to think(...)

A labourer works beside a logo of Bank of China: report has prompted speculation that the government is getting ready for a new campaign to tighten up capital outflow controls. Photograph: Reuters

It’s not common for the state-owned Chinese Central TV (CCTV) to blow the whistle on an equally powerful government-owned monolith, especially when th(...)

Pro-democracy protest: thousands gather to march in downtown Hong Kong to push for greater democracy earlier this month. Photograph: ap photo/kin cheung

Over half a million people took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong earlier this month, on the 17th anniversary of the territory’s reversion to Chine(...)

Protesters congregate at Victoria Park for a democracy rally in Hong Kong yesterday. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Calling for full democracy, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong yesterday, on the 17th anniversary of the territory(...)

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