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Birmingham majority shareholder Carson Yeung has been granted the right to make a one-off trip to the UK next month, his lawyer has confirmed.

Holidays on hold as travellers await news

Passengers put their dream holidays on hold for a second day as flights remained suspended across the UK today.

Third Hong Kong acid attack in six months

An acid-filled beer bottle was dropped onto a street in the same area of densely populated Hong Kong for the third time in six months, police said Monday, fueling media speculation about a serial attacker.

Hong Kong tycoon to bid for EDF UK assets

Li Ka-shing amongst group of five bidding for 100,000-mile cable network

Hong Kong presses new charge in 'milkshake murder'

Hong Kong prosecutors today issued a new murder indictment against Nancy Kissel, an American who successfully appealed an earlier conviction on charges of drugging and then bashing her husband to death in a luxury apartment complex.

Egg-sized diamond sold to Hong Kong jeweller for a record $35m

A Hong Kong jeweller paid a record price for an uncut diamond yesterday when it bought the egg-sized "Cullinan Heritage" for $35.3m (£23m).

Sir Percy Cradock: Diplomat who played a crucial role in negotiating the handover of Hong Kong to China

Sir Percy Cradock, the former Ambassador to China, played a pivotal role in, the peaceful transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997. At the time, given China's overwhelming military advantage, Hong Kong's dependence on China for food and water, and Britain's lack of leverage in the negotiations, it was regarded as a diplomatic triumph for Margaret Thatcher. Cradock had managed to persuade the Chinese leadership to guarantee the British colony's capitalist economy, Western legal system and separate political structure for 50 years. But in Cradock's opinion his work was nearly undone with the appointment of Chris Patten, whom Cradock regarded as merely a self-seeking politician, as the final Governor of Hong Kong.

Deripaska plans new $1.5bn float in Hong Kong

Oleg Deripaska is set to launch a $1.5bn (£950m) stock market flotation of his electric power business, despite the recent collapse of several high profile flotations.

Dindane closes on Portsmouth move

Aruna Dindane is a step closer to completing a permanent move to Fratton Park after parent club Lens admitted they now consider him a Portsmouth player.

French luxury tells a tale of China's haves and have-nots

Communist nation's new rich lavish millions on luxury homes inspired by Europe

Police say Hong Kong acid attacker remains at large

An attacker who hurls bottles of acid from high-rise buildings on to shoppers in Hong Kong tourist spots remains at large, after police admitted they had arrested the wrong man following an attack on a market which injured 15 people.

Man arrested after Hong Kong acid attack

Police arrested a man today after two bottles of corrosive liquid were hurled into a crowd at one of Hong Kong's famous tourist spots, officials said. At least 30 people were injured in the city's latest acid attack.

James Moore: Mr Bolton with Chinese characteristics

Outlook When Anthony Bolton speaks, it usually pays to listen. Quite literally, given the way Fidelity's Special Situations fund performed when he was in charge of it.

Bolton puts off retirement to run new China fund

Veteran Fidelity guru says Western economic recovery is faltering

Click, pack and go: our pick of this week's travel deals

Late November into early December is traditionally the quietest period in the travelling calendar, which is why tour operators, hotels and transport providers often release some of their best deals around about now.

Gold prepares formal hand over to Yeung

Outgoing Birmingham chairman David Gold is hoping to enjoy the club's future success from afar as he prepares to formally hand over to new owner Carson Yeung.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker