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Smoke spirals from a bus on fire   in Xiamen, Fujian province, yesterday, in which dozens of people were killed. Photograph: Reuters

The suspect in a commuter bus fire that rattled a prosperous Chinese port city wrote a suicide note saying he was unhappy and angry before dying in th(...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, yesterday. Mr Obama said  he welcomed the “peaceful rise” of China and that, despite inevitable areas of tension, both countries want a cooperative relationship, as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off two days of meetings. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have begun a two-day informal summit in California. It is the first meeting between t(...)

German exports rose in April and imports surged even more, data showed today, suggesting Europe’s largest economy is regaining some momentum after it contracted at the end of 2012. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Files/Reuters.

German exports rose in April and imports surged even more, data showed today, suggesting Europe’s largest economy is regaining some momentum after it (...)

Roll-your-own tobacco disguised as tea and valued at some €102,000 was seized by Revenue Customs officers. Photograph: Revenue

Roll-your-own tobacco disguised as tea and valued at some €102,000 was seized by Revenue Customs officers yesterday.The quarter tonne of tobacco was c(...)

Services sector continues to enjoy momentun

Ireland’s services sector continued to enjoy positive momentum in May, experiencing a tenth successive month of growth although the picture was not as(...)

A boy holds a Chinese national flag as he sits on the shoulders of a man in front of a portrait of   Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing this week.  Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

In Beijing, yesterday, the smog and a looming thunderstorm combined to generate darkness at noon, an eerie visual effect on what is a strange day ever(...)

A salesman displays a bottle of French Cotes de Bourg wine to a customer at a wine expo in Beijing, this week. Photograph: Reuters

China has launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe in European wine in response to the European Union’s decision to impose duties on imports o(...)

Last month, the commission announced plans to impose provisional duties on Chinese manufacturers of solar panels, following a nine-month inquiry, in one of the biggest trade cases of its kind.

Solar panels imported from China will face an 11 per cent tariff – instead of the 47 per cent tax proposed last month – as Brussels moves to avert a t(...)

Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong, with its modern natives and matching shops, came as a complete surprise to Carl Stearns Clancy, the first round-the-world biker, whose rout(...)

A man confronts police officers during a protest by families outside a poultry slaughterhouse in Dehui, Jilin province, China, where a fire resulted in 120 deaths yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters TV

Relatives of workers killed as fire engulfed a chicken processing plant in rural northeast China blocked traffic and scuffled with police today, dema(...)

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