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Book review: 'Ping-Pong Diplomacy', By Nicholas Griffin

Of all the subjects for a thrilling tale of espionage, war and diplomacy, ping-pong seems an unlikely contender. All the more intriguing then is the story behind a détente between America and China in 1971, which occurred seemingly out of the blue after 22 years of hostility.

Cartier Panther bracelet

Richemont warns of luxury slowdown in China as third quarter sales miss estimates

Richemont owns the Cartier and Montblanc luxury brands

China confirms hypersonic nuclear missile carrier flight test

China has accused US media of using the opportunity to 'hype' China threat

Chinese firm hopes to take a bite out of United Biscuits

McVitie's, Penguin and Jaffa Cakes could be the latest British brands to fall under Chinese ownership as private equity firm Hony Capital weighs up a bid.

China's Hony Capital mulls bid for United Biscuits

McVities, Penguin and Jaffa Cakes could be the latest British brands to fall under Chinese ownership as private equity firm Hony Capital weighs up a bid.

A model presents a creation by Burberry Prorsum during the Autumn/Winter 2014 London Collections

Burberry shares jump 6% as British luxury retailer sees strong growth in China

Burberry revealed business in Asia is back on form as it beat City forecasts with a strong Christmas sales performance today

World Bank expects the US economy to grow 2.8 percent this year, up from 1.8 per cent in 2013

Global economy 'bouncing back' as rich nations emerge from financial crisis, says World Bank

Global GDP to expand 3.2% this year, up from 2.4% in 2013

Vibrant Guangzhou

5 ways to... enjoy an exotic stopover on the way to Australia

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Amartya Sen, professor of economics and of philosophy at Harvard University, is an Indian-born Nobel laureate

The lost girls: Girls are still aborted in states with more educated women, by Amartya Sen

A distinct bias of "boy preference" can be found in countries extending from North Africa and West Asia to South Asia, including India, and East Asia, including China. That such discrimination has a place in a large part of the modern world is distressing: the number of "missing women" can be quite large.

Ed Miliband says he can save the middle class

I put Ed Miliband's love letter to the middle class through Google translate, but it still doesn't make sense

Which other classes will do less well, now the middle is a priority?

A ballboy faints in the heat, as Melbourne heads towards 43 degrees celsius during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray among those to criticise 'inhumane' organisers as temperatures top 42C

A player and a ball boy collapsed on the courts in Melbourne

How powerful is a mind? Supercomputer takes 40 minutes to map 1 second of brain activity

The activity was modelled using a supercomputer with 1.4 millino GB of RAM and 700,000 processor cores

Trinkets and jewelry made from ivory are prepared to be crushed. The U.S. accounts for the second largest market for ivory in the world after China

Where the Chinese go to buy illegal ivory

Burmese town exposed as one of Asia’s biggest markets after thousands of trinkets are seized.

ASOS sales climb 38% in run-up to Christmas as high street rivals suffer

ASOS recently launched in China, marking its eighth local language site outside the UK

Chinese doctor sentenced to death for stealing babies and selling them into trafficking

Obstetrician Zhang Shuxia convinced parents to give up their babies, saying they had been born with congenital problems

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Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?