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If local unrest swells into national protest, will they choose liberalisation or repression

Dr Kerry Brown: Chinese will never leave a region rich in black gold

Whatever the facts behind the terrible events in Xinjiang, they underline one of the key vulnerabilities of China: its insecure energy resources. The problem is at the very heart of China's strategy for the future and Hu Jintao was wise to leave the G8 meeting in Italy to return to China. Mishandling Urumqi now could be devastating both for the future stability of the country he leads and for the Communist Party he heads.

China vows executions for rioters behind killings

China flooded the capital of western Xinjiang province with security forces today after ethnic riots left at least 156 dead. The city's Communist Party boss promised those behind the killings would be executed.

Leading article: A pitch-perfect President has set the right tone

But Mr Obama's triumph abroad will not guarantee success at home

Christina Patterson: Don't expect moral guidance from our leaders

Communist countries may do capitalism these days but they don’t do spirituality

Confucius, he say 'Action!': Film aims to bring philosopher's thinking to the masses

China's most famous thinker has long been condemned as the enemy of communism. But his philosophy is back in fashion – and now the state is funding a film about his life. Clifford Coonan reports from Beijing

Clifford Coonan: Will China keep the flame alight?

Clear blue skies. A shiny, fast-moving new city. The warm applause of a global audience. And a fantastic haul of gold medals to boot. The Communist Party will be very happy this weekend when the closing festivities of the Beijing Olympic Games mark, as predicted, China's re-emergence as a global superpower.

China to have more web users than US

China may be about to overtake the United States as home to the world's biggest number of webizens, but the country's 210 million internet users are unlikely to be spending too much time surfing for porn as the Great Firewall of China seeks to stop smut.

Harlequins 16 Saracens 20: Skirving's late lunge saves Saracens' skins

Saracens pulled off a thrilling victory over Harlequins at the Stoop last night after it looked as if the home side had just nicked the Premiership win for themselves.

China: the true costs of success

As President Hu Jintao arrives in Britain on a controversial state visit, these are the true costs of the economic success story of our age

War In The Balkans - China: Bomb victims' ashes return

PRIVATE grief mingled with political propaganda yesterday as China brought home its dead and wounded from Belgrade - the raw emotion of the bereaved piercing the artifice of Communist Party ritual.

China grooms Hu, the next emperor

THE REST of the world will this week get its first real chance to see China's new emperor-in-waiting.

China: The Party's `Magnificent Seven' step out in style

China's President Jiang Zemin's has secured his political power base. Economic reform is now secure, but his victory probably means a setback for political reform. Teresa Poole looks at winners and losers.

Deng waves in the new leaders

CHINA'S 88-year-old supreme leader, Deng Xiaoping, came out of seclusion yesterday as the Communist Party's new Politburo, from which his successor is likely to come, was revealed.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system