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Europe suffered its hottest summer on record  while intense wildfires raged in Italy, Greece and Turkey. Photograph: iStock

The last seven years were the world’s hottest on record, with global average temperatures 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, according to the la(...)

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 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 (...)

Flooding in Fangak County, Jonglei state, in South Sudan. Photo Credit: African Development Aid/Christian Aid

The costs associated with extreme weather events exacerbated by global warming continued to escalate during 2021 while the world’s poorest countries o(...)

Hui Ka Yan, the 62-year-old former steel technician, raised by his grandmother in a rural village in central Henan province, who founded Evergrande in 1996. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty

Mingling with power brokers at celebrations to mark the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1st, a beaming Hui Ka Yan showed no signs tha(...)

 A man uses his phone next to a  picture of Chinese president Xi Jinping on a street in Shanghai, China. Xi Jinping’s political ideology  will be integrated into the national curriculum from primary school up to university. Photograph:  EPA/Alex Plavevski

A campaign to make Chinese children as young as 10 study President Xi Jinping’s political philosophy has been labelled by some parents as “disgusting”(...)

This photo taken on August 16, 2021 shows workers producing washing machine parts at a factory in Nanjing, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province.  Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China’s factory output and retail sales growth slowed sharply and missed expectations in July, as new Covid-19 outbreaks and floods disrupted business(...)

A shopping district in Wuhan on January 23rd last, the first anniversary of the city’s lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

A fast-spreading outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant in China has caused rare infections among the country’s vaccinated individuals, spurring au(...)

A  flooded road after record downpours in Zhengzhou city in  China’s Henan province. Photograph: EPA

Chinese authorities have raised the official death toll in last month’s devastating Henan floods to 302, with at least 50 still missing. The announce(...)

A firefighter during nighttime firefighting operations at the Bootleg Fire, near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photograph: US Forest Service/AFP via Getty Images

Holy smokes. It feels like we are living through the first vertiginous 15 minutes of a disaster movie, maybe one called The Day After Tomorrow was Yes(...)

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