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The trade row between China and the European Union looks set to get uglier, as the Beijing government says it still has cards to play in the dispute a(...)

Bears at a Guizhentang farm in Quanzhou, Fujian province, where the practice of bile farming has been criticised by animal rights activists. Photograph: China Foto Press via Getty Images

One of the more controversial IPOs in China has been shelved for the time being after the industrial bear bile farming company Guizhentang ended its a(...)

President Michael D Higgins: shared some concern about the direction Irish universities were taking. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Irish third-level institutions are “intimately engaged with regimes that have human rights’ questions to answer”, the former head of the Bahrain campu(...)

Supporters gather at a small rally in support of National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan’s Union Square yesterday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Whistleblower Edward Snowden chose a Hong Kong hotel room as a hiding place because he believes he is unlikely to be extradited from there to the US, (...)

California Gov Jerry Brown and Chinese President Xi Jinping  meeting in Indian Wells, California. Photograph:  Richard Lui-Pool

The breadth of the talks between US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping on Friday and Saturday in Palm Springs, and their timing, (...)

A relative comforts Liu Xia (left), wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, as she cries outside Huairou Detention Centre  in Huairou district, on the outskirts of Beijing, where her brother Liu Hui was jailed yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

A court in suburban Beijing sentenced the brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to 11 years in prison yesterda(...)

An employee wearing a cardboard mask works in a bicycle factory in Zaozhuang in the Chinese province of  Shandong yesterday. China’s growth could slow further after data released yesterday showed subdued activity across the economy in May in the face of sustained global weakness, raising the possibility of interest rate cuts. Photograph: Reuters

Slower Chinese inflation in May, combined with below-expectation bank lending, added to a downbeat picture of the world’s second-biggest economy in th(...)

South Korea’s senior unification ministry official and head of working-level delegation Chun Hae-Sung (right) shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Kim Song-Hye (left) during their meeting at Freedom House in Panmunjom, South Korea today. The sides  have agreed to hold working-level talks to prepare for a Cabinet-level meeting between the two divided countries. Photograph: South Korean Unification Miniatry via Getty Images

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a minister-level meeting on Wednesday as the two sides seek limited rapprochement following ratcheted-up (...)

Smoke spirals from a bus on fire   in Xiamen, Fujian province, yesterday, in which dozens of people were killed. Photograph: Reuters

The suspect in a commuter bus fire that rattled a prosperous Chinese port city wrote a suicide note saying he was unhappy and angry before dying in th(...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, yesterday. Mr Obama said  he welcomed the “peaceful rise” of China and that, despite inevitable areas of tension, both countries want a cooperative relationship, as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off two days of meetings. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have begun a two-day informal summit in California. It is the first meeting between t(...)

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