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Hacking reporter hits out at NOTW

China lifts ban on sale of foreign consoles

The decision by the State Council will allow the likes of Microsoft and Sony to sell to the Chinese - but it's not certain who can afford to buy their wares

Hong Kong film pioneer Run Run Shaw, the man who helped bring kung fu movies to the mainstream, has died, aged 107.

Chinese Kung Fu film pioneer Run Run Shaw dies, aged 107

The Shaw Brothers Studios he founded produced almost 1,000 films and is largely credited for bringing the martial arts genre to a commercial audience

Prince William will study agricultural management at college

'Don't discriminate against Prince William for his background', says Cambridge professor

Prince William “should not be discriminated against” for his blue-blooded background while studying for his Cambridge course, according to a professor.

Chinese student armed with two meat cleavers roamed through Huddersfield University halls after Christmas Day mugging

A Chinese student in Huddersfield has told a court that he armed himself with two meat cleavers and patrolled his halls of residence on Christmas Day because he was “scared to death” after being mugged earlier in the day.

Satyajit Das: The financial markets still bear little relationship to the real economy

Das Capital: Politicians everywhere have proved reluctant to tackle much-needed reforms

Market Report: China slowdown spells dips for mining sector

China continues to show off its influence over the London market as some of the big miners took a heavy dent on the first day when most trading desks were full after the festive celebrations.

UK economy strengthens as services exports leap

It's a fantastic start to the new year and confidence is high, says British Chambers of Commerce

Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa in action during the first stage of the Rally Dakar 2014

Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa takes an early lead with Minis in hot pursuit

Carlos Sousa held off a trio of Minis to claim stage one in the car classification as the two-week Dakar Rally got under way in Argentina.

A pile of confiscated ivory waiting to be crushed in Dongguan, southern Guangdong province

China crushes six tonnes of ivory in crackdown on illegal trade

The illegal stockpile was destroyed in a landmark move but critics say it is just a fraction of the total

And so, the greatest love story never told continues with Dennis Rodman proclaiming his unconditional devotion to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Dennis Rodman: 'I love Kim Jong Un'

The basketball star, who has taken on the role of coach of the national team, landed in North Korea earlier today flanked by 11 retired NBA players

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek - Jang was executed for 'attempting to overthrow the state'

Kim Jong-un ‘uncle fed to 120 dogs’ story begun by Chinese satirist

Explosion of unconfirmed reports across western media was kicked off by Hong Kong tabloid citing the satirist as a ‘source’

China moves to curb shadow banking with new rules

Renewed concerns over a slowdown in the Chinese economy emerged today as Beijing moved to rein in potential dangers in the nation's shadow banking system.

Arla Foods expands UK farmer network on growing demand for milk across emerging markets

Growing demand for milk in Africa and China has led the producer of the Cravendale to almost double the number of British famers who are stakeholders in the business, it was announced today.

Seven arrested for 'injecting dirty pond water into meat' in new Chinese food scandal

Chinese authorities have arrested seven people for allegedly injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to increase its weight and raise its price in the latest food scandal to hit the country.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo

Japanese PM to explain controversial shrine visit

Neighbouring countries unhappy over public 'celebration' of Japan's attacks

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