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American 1,500m and 5,000m record holder Shelby Houlihan returned a positive test for nandrolone that resulted in a four-year ban. File photograph: Getty

We were standing in the line of duty and suitably disguised behind dark sunglasses when our order arrived in two green-striped boxes decorated with th(...)

Visitors pose for photographs with the Olympic rings at the Beijing Olympic Tower on Sunday in Beijing, China. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are set to open on February 4th. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

With some 20 million Chinese now in localised stay-at-home lockdowns, the Beijing 2022 organising committee has announced that it will not now be sell(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing in September. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty

Few world leaders can claim to end 2021 stronger than they started it. Many of them, buffeted by the winds of rising inflation, spiralling energy cost(...)

The dismissal of Emma Reilly from her job at the UN marked the culmination of a long saga that shone a harsh light on the world’s most important human rights body. Photograph: iStock

Almost three weeks ago, on November 9th, Emma Reilly received a letter that told her she was being dismissed from her job at the United Nations. For t(...)

Taiwanese staff members at the opening of the representative office in Vilnius last week.  Photograph: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/AFP via Getty Images

China has downgraded diplomatic relations with Lithuania after the Baltic country upgraded economic ties with Taiwan, in a sign of how EU member state(...)

The long-awaited virtual meeting on Monday between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping was less about improving frosty relations, and more about avoiding further(...)

US president Joe Biden  and Chinese president Xi Jinping: they will hold  a  virtual summit  on November 15th, 2021

US president Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting on Monday in an intensified effort to smooth relations amid (...)

Uyghur farmers pick cotton by hand in a field on the outskirts of Qiemo in  China. Photograph: iStock
The human cost of our cotton

Last week, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region called on world leaders gathering for the G20 Summit to ban products made with Uygh(...)

The Economist Intelligence Unit outlines  10 possible events/scenarios that could derail global growth and ratchet up political tensions in 2022.

While post-pandemic recovery is expected to gain momentum in the coming months, there are, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), 10 poss(...)

US president Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, are to hold a virtual summit this year. Photographs: Mandel Ngan, Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to hold a virtual summit this year, in the first sign of improving relations between the (...)

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