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

China's spike in car ownership has led to restrictions

‘Auntie’ Wang Xiuxia makes a million from car number plates scam in congested Beijing

Retired woman stocked up before restrictions were introduced

The US skater Johnny Weir will be as flamboyant in Sochi as he was in Vancouver

Inside Lines: For Sochi the future is gay, whether Vladimir Putin likes it or not

One certainty is there will be no boycott neither will the games be shifted

Senior Chinese forensic scientist resigns in protest over mishandled cases

Wang Xuemei claimed that the officially recorded circumstances of British businessman’s death were wrong.

Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

Theatre review: Chimerica - Lucy Kirkwood's piece is a strong contender for play of the year

Her back catalogue includes an unflinchingly eloquent promenade play about the life of a sex-trafficked girl and a lethally mordant satire about power and privacy in the era of glossy celebrity journalism. So the imaginative range and penetration of twenty nine year old Lucy Kirkwood's oeuvre were well established. But nothing had quite prepared one for the sheer theatrical boldness and thematic sweep of Chimerica, her remarkably ambitious, three-hour exploration of the fast-changing and complex relationship between the United States and China.

Usain Bolt, centre, leads the field, including Adam Gemili, left, in his 200m victory in Moscow

World Championships: Usain Bolt triumphs again in league of his own

Jamaican secures his seventh world gold by defending 200m title with ease, while Briton Gemili narrowly misses out on medal

BHP faces action in America over ‘corruption’ at Olympics

BHP Billiton could face enforcement action by US officials over alleged breaches of anti-corruption laws, it admitted yesterday. The move relates partly to corporate hospitality that the London-listed miner laid on for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Chen Guan Ming

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BHP facing charges from US over Beijing Games 'corruption'

London-listed mining giant BHP Billiton today said it has been warned it could face enforcement action by US authorities over alleged breaches of anti-corruption laws. The move relates partly to corporate hospitality it laid on for the Beijing Olympics.

The mass suicide attempt took place near the Beijing West Railway Station

Chinese parents in mass suicide bid after railway company fails to follow through on promise of jobs for their children

Twenty-one people from north-east China tried to kill themselves

A building sits partially collapsed over a sinkhole at Summer Bay Resort near Disney World

How sinkholes are swallowing streets around the world - in pictures

It seems like stuff of Hollywood films – the ground opens up and swallows whole buildings, cars, roads and even people. But that is exactly what happened on Monday when a sinkhole 100ft wide opened up in Florida, causing the Summer Bay Resort ay Clermont, near Disney World, to collapse into the pit.

Neil Heywood was found dead in his hotel room last year

Murdered businessman Neil Heywood's mother appeals for compensation from his killer Gu Kailai

The mother of Neil Heywood releases statement to say that there has been no progress with compensation

Song Yangbiao denounced Bo Xilai's trial in a blog

Bo Xilai supporter arrested as Chinese authorities prepare for trial of the former Communist Party rising star on charges of corruption and abuse of power

Mr Bo could be sentenced to death, although a lengthy jail sentence is the more likely outcome

Fonterra chief Theo Spierings executive apologises over botulism scare

Diary product giant announced last week that some products may contain contaminated whey-protein concentrate

Visual art book review: Art Now! Vol 4, Edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth

Think of this as a tour of the world's most influential galleries: if it's hot in the art world today, it's in this book.

Zaha Hadid, architect

Page 3 Profile: Zaha Hadid, architect

Another award? Another honour?

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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own