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Anthony Lawrence: ‘A BBC man of the old school’ whose focus was on the story rather than personal projection

Obituary: Anthony Lawrence

Journalist who reported from the Far East for the BBC across three decades

Ivory tusks seized in anti-smuggling operations are displayed by the Hong Kong Customs

Hong Kong seizes 189 elephant tusks in clampdown on smuggled products from endangered species

The illegal ivory haul has estimated street value of $1.5m

New guidebook says travellers should not to pick their noses in public, must keep their nose-hair neatly trimmed and, if they had to pick their teeth, never use their fingers

Revealed: How Chinese tourists should behave abroad

New guidebook published by National Tourism Administration does not approve of citizens picking their noses in public when abroad

In Hangzhou, just south of Shanghai, the typhoon brought huge tidal waves on the Qiantang river

Typhoon Usagi hits China: Death toll rises to 33

Storm changes course, avoiding  Hong Kong but wreaking havoc in China’s Guangdong province

The BBC could be set to axe a raft of senior managers, its chairman Lord Patten has suggested

BBC has too many chiefs, admits Patten

The BBC could be set to axe a raft of senior managers, its chairman Lord Patten has suggested.

From field of dreams to field of sporting misery

It was always going to be a difficult moment, watching my boy play his very first game of contact rugby. Stacey and I drove down to the school in a state of silent tension.

Super Typhoon Usagi heads to Hong Kong

A powerful typhoon has swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan today, as heavy winds and rain continued to batter island communities and the storm headed straight for Hong Kong.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has been ruled out of this weekend's clash with Stoke

David Silva and Gael Clichy ruled out of Manchester City clash with Stoke after Manuel Pellegrini confirms Vincent Kompany is nearing a return

City's defensive crisis continues although Clichy's 'minor knock' shouldn't keep him out for long but Silva faces a race to be fit for Manchester derby

Martin Demichelis in action for Malaga

Manchester City back at square one after Martin Demichelis injury

The Argentine was only brought in last week by former boss Manuel Pellegrini back he joins captain Vincent Kompany on the sidelines

LME unveils new chief executive Garry Jones

The former boss of NYSE Liffe was today named as the new man in charge of the London Metal Exchange.

Tesco mulls joining in $3bn Hong Kong bid tie-up

UK grocer could team up with CRE to buy leading supermarket chain

Hi-tech UK manufacturer sucks up new foreign owner

A historic slice of Britain’s engineering history was sold off to foreign buyers for the third time in seven years yesterday as Sweden’s Atlas Copco bought the vacuum technology business Edwards Group in a $1.6bn (£1bn) deal.

Hong Kong launches mass evacuation as Typhoon Utor shuts down region

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated after a powerful typhoon thundered into southern China shutting down the financial centre of Hong Kong and sinking a cargo ship.

Race for life: Blood tests

Stories from the forgotten heroes of Sars

It was the huge bravery of medical staff that contained the pandemic 10 years ago – many of whom risked or even lost their lives. Simon Usborne hears their stories

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