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A  view of the skyline of the central business district in Beijing last February. Heavy smog has intermittently  beset the city in recent times.  Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A Chinese official’s remarks that cooking fumes must share the blame for Beijing’s choking pollution drew ridicule from many microbloggers, who mocked(...)

Wayne Leahy: “I was determined to travel after completing my doctorate”

Element Six is one of the world’s leading producers of industrial diamonds used in the drilling, mining, optics, electronics and precision machining i(...)

Gael Monfils (right) of France shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after his win on day four of the Shanghai Rolex Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Roger Federer’s hopes of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London were dealt a blow as he suffered a third-round defeat to Gael Mo(...)

Nuclear-powered supercarrier ‘USS George Washington’ arrives at a port of the South Korean navy in Busan. Photograph: Reuters

Black tee-shirted Shore Patrol officers pop in and out of The Wolfhound, a popular Irish pub in the Haeundae beachfront area of Busan in South Korea, (...)

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  • October 4, 2013, 06:00

‘Breathtaking, belly-shaking good times’ Heather Greenwood Davis Writes at She and her family were named travelle(...)

Chen Guangcheng, whose position at Columbia University in New York was not renewed  after a year. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Chen Guangcheng, the “barefoot lawyer” who fled house arrest in China before moving to the United States, is to join three organisations, including a (...)

Actress Nicole Kidman shakes hands with fans at a red carpet event promoting Wanda Group’s Oriental Movie Metropolis project in Qingdao, Shandong province recently

China’s richest tycoon, Wang Jianlin, of the real estate colossus Dalian Wanda Group, has been a busy man in the past few weeks as he works on broaden(...)

There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing last week about this, but it now looks like China will not lift Great Firewall restrictions on Facebook and Twit(...)

Li Keqiang, China’s premier, speaks during the opening plenary at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Dalian, China. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Against the background of Premier Li Keqiang’s bold talk of reform in Dalian, groundbreaking plans to allow free exchange of China’s yuan currency in (...)

Vehicles are seen during rush hour in  Beijing. China has unveiled a slew of measures to curb a choking pollution problem. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China has pledged to cut coal consumption, close steel plants and reduce the number of cars on the roads as part of its efforts to tackle smog and gra(...)

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