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Pro-democracy lawmakers join hands at the start of a press conference in a Legislative Council office in Hong Kong on  Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/ AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition lawmakers said on Wednesday they would resign in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues from (...)

Comedian Sarah Cooper’s page  on  TikTok. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Short-form video app TikTok is set to expand its Irish operation, adding 200 new jobs in the next three months. That will bring the total number empl(...)

A man reads a local newspaper showing a photograph of newly elected US president Joe Biden, in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

World leaders welcomed Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance co-operation on climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and other (...)

A view inside  RTHK, Hong Kong’s public broadcaster, earlier this year. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Hong Kong’s police have arrested a journalist who reported on allegations that law enforcement failed to protect civilians from a group of thugs, in a(...)

Shopify merchants will be able to create ‘shoppable ads’ for TikTok under a new partnership. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

TikTok users will be able to shop as they scroll through its short-form videos via a new deal with ecommerce platform Shopify, bringing the Chinese-ow(...)

Jack Ma, billionaire founder of ecommerce giant Alibaba, controls Ant Group, on track for a record IPO. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP

Ant Group is set to raise more than $34bn after setting the price of shares in its initial public offering, putting the Chinese payments group on trac(...)

Andrew Wan, a pro-democracy lawmaker, is arrested by riot police during a protest in Hong Kong in July. File photograph: Roy Liu/Bloomberg

Ireland has joined other EU countries in suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to draconian security measures imposed on the ci(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty

US president Donald Trump has a bank account in China and has unsuccessfully pursued business projects there, according to an analysis of his tax reco(...)

US president Donald Trump: US military and economic predominance was so complete through much of the 20th century that relative decline was always inevitable. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski

American fear about loss of supremacy is almost as old as the republic itself. If its people were to be believed, Dickens wrote, the country “is alway(...)

The World Trade Organisation has given the European Union permission to impose tariffs on $4 billion worth of American products annually in retaliation for illegal subsidies given to US plane maker Boeing. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/The New York Times

The EU has been handed the right to hit almost $4 billion (€3.4 billion)-worth of US goods with punitive tariffs in retaliation for illegal state aid (...)

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