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Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

George Osborne has bowed to pressure from businesses and agreed to bring in a joint visa application for the UK and other European countries to help lure wealthy Chinese visitors

Britain to ease visa system to attract rich Chinese visitors, reveals George Osborne

Chancellor says there is 'no limit' to the number of Chinese tourists and students Britain can accommodate

It's our 'beautiful communist bicycles' that attract Chinese students to London, says Boris Johnson

Mayor of London joked in a speech that Chinese students are attracted by London's weather and 'beautiful communist bikes'

Review: Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking, By Anya von Bremzen

Billed as “The Hare With the Amber Eyes meets Julie and Julia”, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is part memoir and part history – following the Russian kitchen from the turn of the 20th century through to the present. Von Bremzen herself moved to the USA at the age of 10, and much of the book is recounted from a distance, both of geography and of time.

Tiger cubs: Guan Tianlang (pictured) and Ye Wocheng have both gone to American finishing schools to improve their game

China's golfing poster boys are driving a boom

But the world can relax – not all the teen talent is as good as Ye Wocheng and Tianland Guan

Postcard from... Beijing

Brian Cookson has made a brisk and busy start to his tenure in charge of cycling

Cycling: Brian Cookson looks for drugs probe as reform starts

Brian Cookson has made a brisk and busy start to his tenure in charge of cycling, with the new president of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, opening talks with the World Anti-Doping Agency over the creation of an independent inquiry into doping within the sport

British Tibetan Monk 'assassinated' in China

High-profile monk co-founded the the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland

Get your fiscal house in order: China warns US as Asia expresses concern for $1.3tn of investments

'Clock is ticking', says Chinese minister, as US fails to break deadlock over government shutdown and fast-approaching ‘debt ceiling’ deadline

Markets slide as pressure mounts over US shutdown

Major indices across Europe registered losses of 1 per cent or more

Andy Murray is not expected to be fit for the ATP Tour Finals

Recovering Andy Murray plans for a Barbados return

Andy Murray gave an indication that his recovery from back surgery is going well when it was announced yesterday that he would appear in an exhibition tournament in Barbados at the end of next month.

Jamie Murray into doubles semi-finals at Japan Open with partner John Peers

Jamie keeps the Murray flag flying in Japan

Andy Murray may be missing from this week's Rakuten Japan Open following back surgery but the world No 3's brother is keeping the family name in the spotlight here. Jamie Murray and his doubles partner, John Peers of Australia, reached the semi-finals with an emphatic 7-5, 6-1 victory over Nicolas Almagro and Pablo Cuevas, who had beaten the Bryan brothers in the first round.

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 2 October 2013

Superb Arsenal clinch their tenth consecutive win

Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

Laura Robson overcomes world No 33 Klara Zakopalova at the China Open

Briton seals first win over a top-50 player since Wimbledon

Li Tianyi is the son of Li Shuangjiang and Meng Ge

Li Tianyi - son of Chinese military singers - sentenced to ten years in jail for rape

His sentence, which his lawyers say he will appeal, reflected his minor status

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Beige to the future

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