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The Group of Seven has been searching for a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of Chinese president Xi Jinping after China’s spectacular economic and military rise over the past 40 years. Photograph: Leon Neal/Pool via New York Times

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone,(...)

A statement on the city of Shiyan’s official social media channel said rescue efforts were continuing but gave no word on the cause of the explosion. File photograph: iStock

At least 11 people have been killed and 37 others seriously injured after a gas explosion tore through a residential neighbourhood in central China on(...)

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow is released from prison on Saturday after serving nearly seven months for her role in an unauthorised assembly during the city’s 2019 anti-government protests. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from prison on Saturday after serving nearly seven months for her role in an unauthorised ass(...)

“China is at the forefront of academic research in many disciplines and the second-biggest economy in the world. The possibilities for collaboration would be exciting if the price tag were not selective blindness to human-rights abuses.” Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

President Michael D Higgins gave a stirring address at an online conference on academic freedom this week. He suggested we are in danger of losing not(...)

JFK airport in New York: Thousands who live and work legally in the US under non-immigrant visas are unable to leave the country as they are not sure if they will be readmitted. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP

As the summer season steps into gear in the United States, media outlets are awash with advice for Americans hoping to travel overseas. “Booking a Eu(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken also raised other contentious topics, including China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

US secretary of state Antony Blinken stressed the need for co-operation and transparency over the origins of Covid-19 in a call with his Chinese count(...)

The Chinese Mars rover, Zhurong, is seen near its landing platform taken by a remote camera, which it dropped into position. Photograph: CNSA via AP

Images captured by a Chinese rover depicting the dusty, rocky surface of Mars have been revealed by the country’s space agency. Pictures released by (...)

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Nicola Mitchell: ‘I don’t want to end up in snake oils. I’m a scientist so I want to understand mother nature.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

If one were to draw up a list of rousing dinner party topics, it’s reasonable to suspect that veganism might get a look in while climate change could (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson arrives by boat for a visit to the workshop of Scott Woyka Furniture in Falmouth, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photograph: Tom Nicholson/PA Wire

Boris Johnson will welcome leaders from around the world to the G7 summit in Cornwall on Friday, discussing issues ranging from Covid-19 vaccines and (...)

US President Joe Biden speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland before departing for the UK and Europe to attend a series of summits. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden arrived in Europe on Thursday for summits with the Group of Seven powerful states and then with the European Union, Nato and Presi(...)

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