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 Giulio Andreotti: many Italians believed he was the quintessential back-room wheeler-dealer, overseeing a political system riddled with cronyism and corruption. Photograph: AP Photo/Plinio Lepri

Giulio Andreotti, who died last Monday aged 94, served as Italian prime minister seven times and for more than half a century was known as “Mr (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping, who has called for a crackdown on graft and warned that the problem is so extreme it could threaten the party’s survival. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Chinese police have detained activist Liu Ping on subversion charges after she called on(...)

Fang Zhongmou with her family in 1963, seven years before  her son Zhang reported her to the authorities over her criticism of Chairman Mao, after which she was executed by firing squad

In April 1970, as a 15-year-old Red Guard in the Chinese town of Guzhen, Zhang Hongbing did something he has regretted ever since. After his mo(...)

Eric Hobsbawm, who died last year aged 95, was a historian of breathtaking range, authority, linguistic ability and intellectual imagination. H(...)

Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan takes part in a welcoming ceremony upon her arrival with President Xi Jinping at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Freshly installed Chinese president Xi Jinping embarked on his maiden overseas tour as China ’s leader yesterday, starting in (...)

Ieng Sary, former foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge, died last week aged 87. Photograph: AP

Ieng Sary, the former foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge, was one of three elderly leaders on trial for genocide, crimes against humanity and (...)

The Chinese Communist Party installed Li Keqiang as premier yesterday. The new second in command will be the public fac(...)

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(...)

Karl Marx described the imperative of capitalism as “accumulate, accumulate”, but his soi-disant followers in the People’s Republic of China ar(...)

at any other time in history. But a spate of air-rage incidents – in Chinese known as “ kong nu zu (...)

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