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Visitors at the Shanghai Motors show visit the Mercedes-Benz stand. Photo: Reuters

Walking through the halls and stands of the Shanghai motor show this year must have been somewhat akin to attending a cocktail party in(...)

Mercedes  driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates after taking pole position during the qualifying session for the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit. Photograph: Caren Firouz/Reuters

Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes back-to-back pole positions for the first time since their return to Formula One at the start of 2010. Rosber(...)

A chicken farm in Changfeng county, Anhui province. Poultry is off the menu in many restaurants in China. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese health authorities are examining the possibility of human-to-human transmission within a family of a new strain of bird flu that has in(...)

A woman leaves a Beijing cinema advertising Django Unchained before it was banned. Photograph: AP

It’s lights, camera and action all week in Beijing, as the great and the good of the international film business descend on the Chinese capital(...)

A worker adjusts a water dispensing device at a chicken farm in Changfeng county, Anhui provinc. The farm says the chickens at the farm are not infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus. According to local media, the price of poultry plunged recently, caused by the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus. Photograph: Reuters

China's poultry sector has recorded losses of more than 10 billion yuan (€1.2 billion) since reports emerged of a new strain of bird flu two we(...)

Cash bullion of 99.99 per cent purity sank as much as 8.4 per cent to 285.60 yuan a gram on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, the  lowest since February 2011. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Gold dropped by the daily limit in Shanghai, following a slump in international prices, on expectations that demand for haven assets will contr(...)

Chickens on the floor of a food market in downtown Shanghai.

Officials have closed Shanghai’s poultry market and slaughtered more than 20,000 birds as the death toll from a new outbreak of bird flu rose t(...)

An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province today.  Photograph: Reuters

Chinese authorities have slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai today as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mo(...)

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Two more people died from the disease today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu has risen to five in China today as Beijing said it was mobilising resources nationwide to combat (...)

A vendor puts chickens into a plastic bag at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province, today. Chinese authorities reported four new cases  of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans that has already killed two people. Photograph: Reuters

China has identified two new cases of a new strain of bird flu, and one of the victims has died, in the eastern city of Hangzhou, state media s(...)

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