Chinese authorities are revoking the business licence of a design company associated with famed dissident artist Ai Weiwei.
On a return visit, Sue Watt finds a captivating country poised to welcome tourists again.
Frustrated protesters claimed today that oil giant BP's clean-up operation in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster had been a "complete fiasco".
Football boss Harry Redknapp told a jury today: "I have always paid my taxes."
FIFA member Mohamed Bin Hammam refused to speak to investigators or provide his bank records during the probe into allegations he paid cash gifts to Caribbean football officials, according to a report to FIFA's ethics committee.
Simon Calder reports on how sterling's fall is causing a rise in the price of foreign travel
Parrot Cay, the superstars' favourite Caribbean island, isn't recession proof. That's good news for the rest of us, says Kate Simon
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today criticised the European arrest warrant system after a judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face sex offence charges.
Higher taxes and sharp public-spending cuts are unlikely to faze British shoppers, which bodes well for the prospects of traders on Britain's high streets next year, a report suggests.
Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieved its first solo glide flight, marking another step in the company's eventual plans to fly paying passengers.
At the beginning of the year, Ireland was the poster child for the merchants of austerity. While the people of Greece seemed either unable or unwilling to accept massive cuts in public spending, the Irish stoically accepted their fate, resigned to a prolonged period of self-flagellation.
BP's new chief executive today pledged to put the oil giant "on the road to recovery" as it reeled under a 32.2 billion US dollar (£20.8 billion) blow from the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Debt-swamped Dubai today asked for a six-month reprieve on paying its bills, causing a drop on world markets.
For years Michael Ashcroft's business interests have dominated a tiny Central American state. But now the tide is turning against him. Stephen Foley tests the mood in Belize City
Gold price at record high as <i>Independent</i> story sends global markets into a frenzy
In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading