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Last week a well-known writer called Hao Qun, whose pen name is Murong Xuecun, had his Weibo accounts with the providers Sina, Tencent, Net-Ease, and Sohu deleted simultaneously. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In its latest effort to muzzle dissent and steer public opinion, the Chinese government has started to shut or freeze microblogs written by pro(...)

A Walrus sits on a melting ice shelf in the Chukchi Sea. The earth’s atmosphere is warming faster than expected and evidence is mounting that sea levels could rise between nine and 88cm up to 2100. Photograph: Reuters

Last week the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was reported to have passed 400 parts per million for the first time in 4.5 mil(...)

Reporters crowd around a speakerphone as they listen to a transgender woman it after she won a legal ruling at Hong Kong’s top court allowing her to marry her boyfriend.

A transsexual woman will be allowed to marry her boyfriend after Hong Kong’s top court allowed her appeal, a ruling hailed as a landmark but wh(...)

The commercial and shopping district in Kunming, Yunnan province.

This week’s Asia Briefing comes from Kunming, in the southwest Chinese province of Yunnan, where one of the first sights to greet you on arriva(...)

An advertisement for Clarks from a bygone era

“Keeping it in the family” doesn’t conjure up the image of dynamic and innovative enterprises and nor do the figures on family- run companies. (...)

Rescue workers prepare outside after a coal mine blast hit Luxian county in Sichuan province, which killed 28 people. Photograph: Reuters

Forty miners have died in two separate coal mine explosions in south-western China, authorities said. Twenty-eight miners were killed in (...)

A Qing period pale celadon jade box, just 11cm high, made €36,000

Is there a house left in Ireland with yet-to-be-discovered Chinese treasures? Probably. Despite astonishing prices at auction here and overseas(...)

The $500-billion-a-year industry, which is  a gauge of the global economy, has been hit hard by falling demand from austerity-ravaged Europe and slowing growth in China. Photograph: Reuters

ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, defied fears of a profit warning yesterday and kept its earnings forecast for this year, helped (...)

Chinese director Zhang Yimou reportedly has up to seven children from his two marriages and from relationships with two other women. Photograph: Reuters

Government officials in China are investigating reports that Zhang Yimou, one of the country’s best-known film directors, has fathered numerous(...)

‘Shell faces up to climate change challenge” ran the headline in this paper last week. I wish it were true but the company has a credibility pr(...)

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