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American 1,500m and 5,000m record holder Shelby Houlihan returned a positive test for nandrolone that resulted in a four-year ban. File photograph: Getty

We were standing in the line of duty and suitably disguised behind dark sunglasses when our order arrived in two green-striped boxes decorated with th(...)

In Beijing, people sit on a bench overlooked by Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen (left) and Paralympic mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP

Image of the week: Beijing bound In just a hint that staging the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing might not have been the best of the I(...)

Visitors pose for photographs with the Olympic rings at the Beijing Olympic Tower on Sunday in Beijing, China. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are set to open on February 4th. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

With some 20 million Chinese now in localised stay-at-home lockdowns, the Beijing 2022 organising committee has announced that it will not now be sell(...)

Mandarin Chinese teacher Niamh McNally (centre) alongside Leaving Cert students Sanda Sanduta and Carla Quinlan at Our Lady’s Grove Secondary School in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When asked what motivated them to study Chinese for the Leaving Cert, students at Our Lady’s Grove Secondary School in Dublin’s Clonskeagh give varied(...)

Children  at Fuyang ecological park during the May Day holiday in 2021. China’s birthrate has fallen to its lowest level in six decades.  Photograph: Sheldon Cooper/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

China’s birthrate has fallen to its lowest level in six decades, barely outnumbering deaths in 2021 despite major government efforts to increase popul(...)

Richard O’Halloran, a 46-year-old father of four, has been blocked from leaving China since February 2019

The wife of a Dublin businessman detained in China for almost three years has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to travel to Beijin(...)

Residents line up for Covid-19 tests at a mobile testing site in Xi’an, northwestern China, on January 2nd. Photograph: Tao Ming/Xinhua via AP

Two days after a woman who was turned away from a Xi’an hospital suffered a miscarriage, an elderly man died of heart disease when various medical ins(...)

A queue for a coronavirus test in the city of Tianjin on Sunday. Photograph: Sun Fanyue/Xinhua via AP

China is tightening pandemic controls over Tianjin, a city of 14m people near Beijing, as its zero-Covid-19 strategy is tested by the country’s first (...)

A Taiwan Air Force F-16V fighter jet during a military training exercise in Chiayi County, Taiwan. Photograph: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg

Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Wednesday in a drill simulating a war scenario, showing its combat readiness amid heightened military t(...)

A medical worker reaches through protective gloves as she administers a nucleic acid test at a private outdoor clinic on December 27th in Beijing. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Yesterday the Chinese authorities announced that the city of Yuzhou in Henan province (population 1.2 million) will join western Xi’an in Shaanxi (13 (...)

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