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Screenshots from ‘A Gay’s Life’, which has logged more than a million players so far.

In the two decades since homosexuality was decriminalised in China, discrimination against LGBTI people has eased. But while being gay is no longer cl(...)

Hotpot has gained in popularity in recent years, but customers across China have complained about questionable hygiene standards at hotpot chains. Photograph: Getty Images

At hotpot restaurants in China, most of the ingredients are relatively inexpensive. Customers dip pieces of raw meat and vegetables into a big vat of(...)

A coal-fired power plant in Kaifeng, in central China’s Henan province. China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years. Photograph: AP

Has the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy gone into reverse? The alarming question is being posed by no less an authority than Spenc(...)

A security sign in a Berlin train station warns passers-by about an automatic face-recognition system. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

I once thought that I was in serious trouble with the German police. As a young PhD student in the 1980s, I was speaking at a conference on distribut(...)

Kulindadromeus: An example of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales

Jurassic Park (1993) featured Velociraptors hunting park visitors, depicting them as wily lizard-like predators. Time and science, however, have been (...)

A screengrab taken from  China’s state broadcaster CCTV showing the aftermath of an explosion outside a kindergarten in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou. Photograph: CCTV/AFP/Getty Images

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion at the gates of a kindergarten in eastern China, with state media saying a cooki(...)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off Cape Canaveral  in December  2015 – it carried 11 satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based  company. Photograph: Reuters

In October, we will celebrate 60 years of space technology. On October 4th 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik-1. Th(...)

Miners  at the end of their night shift at the Leonine mine in Rustenburg, South Africa. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump’s anti-China stance could accelerate Asian investment into Africa’s mining sector over the coming years, experts attending a(...)

 Zhanming Cui with his wife  Xia Shen and baby Aiden,  daughter Eachn and his parents in their Blanchardstown home in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Zhanming Cui’s parents arrived in Ireland a fortnight before his daughter was born. They spoke no English and had never left China before but were det(...)

The now-closed Zhushi iron mine, where police allege that murder-for-profit schemes were disguised as routine accidents, in Lanling, China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/New York Times

The three miners befriended a lonely, luckless man and offered him work down an iron mine in eastern China. After working together for 10 days, the th(...)

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