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

Galaxy Soho building in Beijing by Zaha Hadid

Architect Zaha Hadid accused of 'destruction' of Beijing old town with futuristic swirling shopping centre Galaxy Soho

A Chinese heritage group has accused the architect Zaha Hadid of “destroying” Beijing’s old town after a futuristic new development created by her practice was honoured with a top award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Liam Phillips on his way to winning the world title in New Zealand

Liam Phillips extends British success with BMX world title

Liam Phillips became the latest success story in British Cycling’s bid for global domination when he was crowned BMX world champion in Auckland on Sunday.

Jessica Ennis-Hill competes in the hurdles

Jessica Ennis-Hill faces agonising race against time to be fit for World Championships

Rutherford set to decide today if he will compete in Moscow but Farah reigns supreme

Book review: The Dark Road, By Ma Jian, trans. Flora Drew

This river journey through boom-time China's lower depths is worthy of Dickens or Hugo

Toni Minichiello, Jess Ennis's coach:

Super Saturday anniversary: 46 minutes of delirium

Super Saturday was  the pinnacle of the Olympics when Jess,  Greg and Mo sealed golden glory in quick succession. One year on, some of the key figures inside the stadium that night relive the passion and emotion with Matt Majendie

Lightning strikes behind The London Eye

Simon Calder: News flashes for UK rail travellers

The man who pays his way

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (L) and British sprinter James Dasaolu attend a press conference in central London

Is Usain Bolt running under a cloud amid doping suspicions?

Bolt and Dasaolu compete in Anniversary Games on Friday night. It should be a celebration of last year’s Olympics... but all the talk in athletics is of drugs

Chinese police today accused GlaxoSmithKline of being the “ringleader” in a massive bribery scandal

GlaxoSmithKline admits 'senior executives' may have broken Chinese law

Police detain executives amid allegations that employees bribed doctors to prescribe their pharmaceutical products

At least 89 dead as China's Gansu region is hit by powerful earthquakes

The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province

A beaming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has celebrated a resounding election victory

Japan election: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hails landslide win

Voters have handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a resounding victory in Japan’s general election, ending a gridlocked parliament and giving him one of the strongest political mandates for a Japanese leader in years.

Wide of the mark: Fran Halsall is now working with a sports psychologist after targeting five medals at last year’s Olympics but ending up with none

Olympic legacy: Medals will increase pool of talent

British swimmers failed at London Games and if there are no role models the grass roots will suffer

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, centre, in Phnom Penh

Thousands cheer return of exiled opposition leader

Cambodian ex-finance minister expected to spearhead election fight against prime minister

Screenshot of the offending charger via Beijing Evening News

Chinese man in coma after being electrocuted by charging iPhone

Incident follows news of the death of bride-to-be Wu Ailan earlier in the week

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) expressed 'shock' at how the multinational giant Huawei established a huge presence in the UK

Huawei 'an unambiguous national security threat' says former CIA chief

Huawei responds, calling allegations 'tired' and 'unsubstantiated'

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his speech before officers of Japan Coast Guard

Japan's China-baiting prime minister Shinzo Abe looks set for election success, but ordinary Japanese have other priorities

Leader heads south to promise 'not to give an inch' to its giant neighbour

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