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Rescuers right the cruise ship Dong Fang Zhi Xing which capsized in the Yangtze River. The death toll of the accident is expected to be over 400. The starboard side of the Eastern Star, which capsized late Monday in bad weather, was visible above the water. Photograph: Yuan Zheng/EPA

Emergency workers were hoisting the Eastern Star from the Yangtze River on Friday after righting it early in the day, as the grim search for bodies i(...)

Local residents pray at a candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the passengers of the sunken cruise ship on the Yangtze River, at a public square in Jianli, Hubei province, China, on Thursday. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Distraught relatives of the nearly 400 passengers still missing from the capsized cruise ship in the Yangtze River have clashed with authorities, dema(...)

Rescuers trying to find survivors from a cruise ship that sank in the Yangtze River cut into the ship’s hull as hopes faded of finding more people alive. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China has pledged that there would be “no cover-up” of an investigation into the sinking of a cruise ship on the Yangtze River, which has left 65 peo(...)

Rescue workers search on a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters

Divers have pulled two people alive from inside a capsized cruise ship in China and are preparing to rescue at least four more, state broadcaster CCTV(...)

The Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Centre of Shanghai: the city is home to more than 50,000 of China’s super-rich, as is the case in Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

China, the world’s second-largest economy, may not be growing as quickly as it was a couple of years ago but its number of super-rich keeps rising s(...)

The attacker  injured a teacher and eight children, three of whom died on their way to the hospital, the state broadcaster reported. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A man with a knife killed three children and injured several in a primary school in China today, the first day of a new school term after the summer h(...)

Liu Han, former chairman of Hanlong Mining, smokes a cigarette during a conference in Mianyang, Sichuan province. Prosecutors have charged Liu with murder, gun-running and other crimes as part of a “mafia-style” gang. Photograph: Reuters.

Prosecutors in central China have charged the former chairman of Hanlong Mining with gun-running and other crimes as part of a “mafia-style” g(...)

New Year’s Eve celebrations began in Dublin with the People’s Procession of Light, a celebration of art, music and dance.Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times
World begins ringing in the New Year
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  • December 31, 2013, 13:38

With fireworks, dancing and late-night revelry, millions around the world have welcomed 2014, gathering for huge displays of jubilation and unity as t(...)

Artistic reconsruction of how Archebus achilles might have looked. Image: Xijun Ni / Chinese Academy of Sciences

The world’s oldest-known fossil primate skeleton — dating back around 55 million years — has been discovered in China, scientists have announced.Estim(...)

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