Emma Dabiri. Photograph: Olivia Harris

Growing up in Dublin, Emma Dabiri was the only black person in her sphere of vision. Now living in London, the academic, TV presenter and writer ta(...)

Attendees look at a slideshow of Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Five Years of Sheer Endeavour show at the Beijing Exhibition Centre as he is poised to become the most powerful figure in Chinese politics since Mao Zedong. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has ruled out western-style political reform on the eve of a crucial Communist Party congress that looks sure to cement Xi Jinping’s legacy by e(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping in Helsinki on  Wednesday. “Xi is willing to take the risk over Trump’s unpredictability,” said analyst Steve Tsang. Photograph: Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen/via Reuters

Golf is unlikely to feature on the agenda when US president Donald Trump hosts his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday(...)

Maro Itoje was the second best shot-putting schoolboy in England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There comes a time when a boy must become a man – extract from a poem by Maro Itoje Lebron James is an astronomical comparison that nobody deserves.(...)

Fuchsia Dunlop will be doing a three-hour demonstration as well as a talk about her books and her “essential flavours” at the Ballymaloe Litfest. Photograph: Jonathan Perugia

Put a slippery sea cucumber in front of food writer and cook Fuchsia Dunlop and she’ll attack it with gusto. Goose intestines, yum, pass the chopstick(...)

Relatives mourn during the funeral for the victims of a mining disaster in Soma, Turkey.   Rescuers are still trying to reach parts of the coal mine in Soma, 480 km southwest of Istanbul.  Photograph:  Ahmet Sik/Getty Images

The operator of the Turkish mine where 284 workers were killed this week in Turkey‘s worst ever mining disaster said today there was no negligence on (...)