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US vice president Mike Pence laid out allegations of Chinese election interference in a harshly worded speech on Thursday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

The Trump administration stepped up its criticism of China on Thursday as vice president Mike Pence accused Beijing of meddling in US elections. Spea(...)

Burberry fell 5.6%  along with shares in European luxury goods companies as concerns persisted over a slowdown in China. Photograph: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

European shares suffered their biggest fall in a month on Thursday as global stock markets came under pressure from surging bond yields. The pan-Europ(...)

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Irish-based oil and gas exploration firm Providence Resources has appointed Tullow Oil’s Dr Angus McCoss as senior independent director. Dr McCoss h(...)

The dominant male in a gorilla group services a harem, hogging all the sex with all females in the group and denying the subservient males any “look-in”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Science has yet to definitively pronounce on whether humans are naturally monogamous (lifelong male-female breeding pair) or polygamous (single male b(...)

South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene  is the first minister to appear at the commission of inquiry into corruption in the public sector. Photograph: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s finance minister has said he was fired from his cabinet post in 2015 by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to sanction government(...)

Whisky expert Charles MacLean with the  bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 60 year-old 1926 to be auctioned in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A bottle of Scotch whisky, thought to be the world’s most valuable, has been sold for just over €950,000. The bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami fe(...)

 Chinese actress Fan Bingbing pictured during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in  May. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

China’s most famous actor Fan Bingbing has made a public apology after she was fined hundreds of millions of yuan for tax evasion, her first public pr(...)

As with sister brand Peugeot, Citroen is introducing the first of its plugin hybrids at the Paris motor show. Citroen’s plugin is based on the incomin(...)

The USS Decatur in the South China Sea. The US and China traded angry accusations after the Decatur and a Chinese warship nearly collided on September 30th. File photograph:  Diana Quinlan/US Navy via the New York Times

A Chinese destroyer came within 40m of the bow of a US Navy warship performing manoeuvres in a disputed section of the South China Sea, the latest esc(...)

PepsiCo has boosted advertising behind its trademark colas – Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Zero – to claw back market share from Coca-Cola. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

PepsiCo posted stronger than expected profit on Tuesday, boosted by beverage sales in North America that rose after a year of declines and as investme(...)

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