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Investigators examine the landing gear of Asiana Airlines flight 214. Photograph: NTSB/Getty Images

The Asiana Airlines aircraft that crashed on Saturday at San Francisco airport was travelling at 103 knots just seconds before it hit the seawall in (...)

Buddhist monks receiving a blessing at a temple.  Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province is promoting a free programme offering part-time ordinations allowing people to live as a monastic for three months, six months, one year or two years. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

It’s a process that can take years, developing spiritual practice, studying ancient texts, meditating, chanting, and praying to achieve inner peace, f(...)

A nurse  looks the baby as he rests in an incubator after he was rescued from a sewage pipe at a hospital in Jinhua, Zhejiang province. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The mother of the Chinese newborn baby trapped in a pipe in a squat toilet was the person who raised the initial alarm and witnessed the two-hour resc(...)

An abandoned newborn baby boy is seen in a sewage pipe following his rescue, in this still image taken from video, in Jinhua city, Zhejiang province. Photograph: Local Firefighter Handout via CCTV/Reuters TV

Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe directly beneath a toilet commode, state television r(...)

An airport staff member wearing a mask takes a passenger's temperature at Taoyuan International Airport, northern Taiwan, April 24, 2013. A 53-year-old Taiwan businessman has contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while travelling in China.

A new strain of bird flu that has killed 22 people in China was “one of the most lethal” flu viruses it had encountered and was more easily transmi(...)

A chicken farm in Changfeng county, Anhui province. Poultry is off the menu in many restaurants in China. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese health authorities are examining the possibility of human-to-human transmission within a family of a new strain of bird flu that has in(...)

An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province today.  Photograph: Reuters

Chinese authorities have slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai today as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mo(...)

A worker in protective clothing prepares to haul away dead pigs pulled from a river along Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai. The number of dead pigs found in the Shanghai river that provides drinking water to the Chinese financial hub has risen to almost 15,000. Photograph: AP

CLIFFORD COONAN Nearly two weeks after officials began pulling pig carcasses out of the Huangpu, t(...)

Cathal Cowan, Head of Food Marketing Research Group and Isabel Ryan, Post Graduate Researcher in Food Marketing Research in the Food Processing hall of The National FoodCentre Photograph: Alan Betson

The sight of 7,500 dead pigs, and counting, floating on the Huangpu River near Shanghai has dominated the headlines in China around the annual (...)

A subway in Shanghai yesterday where a TV  screen shows   China's newly elected president  Xi Jinping. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In the months leading up to the National People’s Congress, which yesterday appointed Xi Jinping as president, the Xinhua n(...)

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