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Shipping magnate says he 'isn't happy', but backs down after daughter penned poignant open letter asking him to accept her for who she is

London unseats Hong Kong as the world's most expensive office market

London's West End has seen a 14 per cent jump in costs this year to $259

Conservation bodies believe the legal ivory market in China is providing cover for illegal trade from Africa. They estimate that 37,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year

Hong Kong’s ‘legal’ ivory trade thrives on folk beliefs and China’s rising wealth

“Millions of people who are getting into the middle class want to have a piece of ivory”

Akeed Mofeed, ridden by Douglas Whyte, wins the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin

Arvika profits from Sir Des Champs’ quick exit as jumping’s best fall short

Jump racing’s essential paradox, that often as not the best chasers cannot jump, was perfectly illustrated at the weekend, when last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs followed the Gold Cup fourth The Giant Bolster in proving unequal to the fundamental task, departing at the third fence in a three-runner race on his reappearance at Punchestown. The two-and-a-half-mile Grade One contest, so rapidly reduced to a match, went to stablemate Arvika Ligeonniere.

Chinese students excelled in maths and reading, with the Shanghai region winning in both categories

The Pisa global league table overlooks cultural factors that incentivize learning

It is cultural norms in communities that orient children towards education

Chinese Yuan surpasses Euro as second most used currency in global finance

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and Australia among top five countries using the yuan to finance trade

Miguel Angel Jimenez signs Graeme McDowell for EurAsia Cup challenge

Former US Open champion and Ryder Cup winner Graeme McDowell will help lead Team Europe's challenge at next year's inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

The high-speed ferry Madeira is docked at a shipyard after hitting an unidentified object in Hong Kong

More than 80 injured after high-speed Hong Kong ferry hits 'unidentified object'

Hong Kong government said at least three of the people on board who were taken to hospital were in a serious condition

The new terminal is of critical importance to the future of Shenzhen as a booming business and tourist destination, and will bring benefits to the region as a whole

Shenzhen airport Terminal Three: Vast, shiny, new - and empty? China's latest temple to aviation opens

It can handle 45 million passengers a year, 30 per cent more than Terminal Five. It cost $1bn (£612m), just one-seventh the cost of the Heathrow project. And while T5 had been 20 years in the making, the bigger Terminal 3 at  Shenzen took only five.

Ireland claim place in World T20 finals with win over Hong Kong

Ireland have secured their place in next year's Twenty20 World Cup thanks to a fantastic performance from Paul Stirling.

Cory Allen, pictured during this year's Hong Kong Sevens, has been called up to face Argentina

Wales v Argentina: Sam Warburton pleased to see Cory Allen 'chucked in at the deep end'

Cardiff Blues man will make his debut against Argentina at outside centre due to an injury to Jonathan Davies

A view of Old Trafford

Manchester United watch partner promises 'exciting' addition to Old Trafford

Bulova are replacing Hublot, who erected a distinctive Tower in the Old Trafford car park

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s father arrives in Moscow

Lon Snowden expresses gratitude to Russia and Putin for providing safe haven to the NSA whistleblower

Treve covered the last two furlongs of the Arc faster than sprinters on the same card

Treve to return next season on the trail of second Arc

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek confirmed on Monday that her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve will stay in training as a four-year-old next season to defend her Longchamp crown.

Thierry Jarnet raises his arm in triumph as Treve wins the Arc

Treve lands Arc in family tradition

Unbeaten filly surges clear of high-class field to give trainer second win and frustrate Japan

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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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