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The Prime Minister is leading the largest ever trade delegation to China. But what value do these junkets really deliver?

Seven killed in China stabbing rampage

Seven people were killed and 22 injured when two knife-wielding men hijacked a truck and then attacked a crowd, Chinese police sources said.

41 killed in bus fire in central China

An overloaded double-decker bus burst into flames on a highway in central China early today, killing 41 people on board and injuring six, state media said.

Four die in raid on China police station

Two attackers, a policeman and a civilian were killed today during an attack on a police station in China's far western Xinjiang region, state media reported.

Basketball: Foot injury makes Chinese giant Yao walk away from NBA

The Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming, China's most recognisable athlete, has retired from basketball.

China calls reports of Jiang Zemin's death 'pure rumour'

China has dismissed as "pure rumour" reports that retired president Jiang Zemin, who led the country through massive changes after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died.

Leading article: The long march of history

"It's too soon to tell" was the response Zhou Enlai, the first prime minister of China's Communist government, supposedly gave to a question about the historical significance of the French Revolution.

Stick with China, says Bolton, as his investors lose 20 per cent in first half

The veteran investor Anthony Bolton claimed yesterday that the case for investing in China was as strong as ever, despite the fact that the value of the fund he manages has slipped by a fifth since the start of the year, and is languishing below its net asset value.

Video: '100 killed' as China floods continue

Severe floods are continuing to inundate southern and eastern China - reports suggest more than 100 people have been killed.

Chinese flood waters set to rise

Torrential rains which have left more than 170 people dead or missing in China are forecast to continue.

Video: Floods destroy homes in China

Thousands affected by destructive floods in province of Guizhou in south west China.

Hit-and-run stirs ethnic tensions in Inner Mongolia

Police tightened security in the capital of China's vast region of Inner Mongolia yesterday after nearly a week of protests.

China: Chemicals cause melons to explode

Fields of watermelons have been exploding in China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather.

China's surging exports adds to tensions with US

China's trade surplus with the rest of the world surged in April, with record exports driving the world's second-largest economy to a $11.4bn (£6.97bn) positive balance for the month.

New Chinese fleet to secure disputed waters

China's ocean monitoring agency says it is adding ships and personnel to beef up enforcement of the country's vast maritime claims.

Stephen Foley: A question of 'when', not 'if' – and not 'who'

Outlook So the Greek authorities are investigating a stock-market rumour that it plans to use the cover of the Easter weekend to "restructure" – read "default" – on its debt.

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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

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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?