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Media mogul Jimmy Lai  is escorted   from  a Correctional Services Department vehicle  into court  in Hong Kong. This May he  and nine other activists pleaded guilty in a district court to organising an unauthorised assembly. Photograph:  EPA/Jerome Favre

Jailed Hong Kong media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai was given a new prison sentence of 14 months on Friday over his role in an unauthorised as(...)

US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Joe Biden has ordered the US intelligence community to intensify its efforts to study the origins of coronavirus, adding that it will continue to pres(...)

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

China has angrily rejected White House calls for an investigation into the possibility that Covid-19 escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, a theory that st(...)

Workers  wait to receive a Covid-19 vaccine dose at a PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper plant in Tangerang, Indonesia, on  May 19th. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Asian countries that led the way in controlling Covid-19 last year have become laggards in the battle against the virus as their efforts to vaccinate (...)

Rescuers in China carry equipment as they search for runners who were competing in a 100km cross-country mountain race when extreme weather hit the area. Photograph: STR / AFP/ China OUT/Getty Images)

Twenty-one people were killed when extremely cold weather struck during an ultramarathon in rugged Gansu province in northwestern China, sparking pub(...)

People receive coronavirus vaccines in Shenyang, in China’s northeastern Liaoning province. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

China vaccinated more people against coronavirus in 10 days this month than it did in the first quarter of this year after a handful of locally transm(...)

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Bitcoin regained some ground on Thursday from the previous session’s brutal slide to four-month lows but was weighed down by concerns over tighter reg(...)

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Zhang Yiming will step down as chief executive of TikTok-owner ByteDance, leaving the task of navigating a rising number of Big Tech regulations world(...)

Some Tesla investors, along with environmentalists, have been increasingly critical about the way bitcoin is “mined” using vast amounts of electricity generated with fossil fuels. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP

Tesla Inc will no longer accept bitcoin for car purchases, chief executive Elon Musk said on Wednesday, citing long-brewing environmental concerns for(...)

The cost for an ordinary family in China to raise a child is about 1.99 million yuan (€255,000), according to local Chinese media. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s population grew at its slowest since the 1950s as births declined in the last decade, sowing doubt over Beijing’s ability to power its economy(...)

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