News Gigi Chao pictured with her father, Cecil

Property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung first offered £40 million after his daughter Gigi Chao entered into a civil partnership

Forgive riot attackers pleads injured Malaysian student

The Malaysian student robbed by two thugs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots today said he does not bear a grudge towards his attackers and people should forgive them.

Malaysia bans UK sex education book

Malaysia has banned a nearly 30-year-old sex education book written by a British author after complaints by Muslim activists that it is obscene.

Fear for deported Saudi 'ridiculous', says Malaysian home minister

The Malaysian government has defended its decision to deport a young Saudi journalist who faces a possible death penalty at home for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohamed on Twitter.

Students can improve their global contacts and language skills while working towards a UK standard degree

International bright young things

From Europe to the Far East, British universities are enticing students overseas to their outreach campuses

Miner may dig out Rothschild

Financier Nat Rothschild faces the prospect of ejection from Bumi, the Indonesian coalminer in which he is a major shareholder and the co-chairman.

Leading article: The worrying implications of London's Shard

Given our reliance on China and India for much-needed economic growth, the "unhealthy correlation" researchers have identified between the building of skyscrapers and imminent financial collapse is far from encouraging.

Anwar Ibrahim is greeted by thousands of supporters outside the High Court yesterday

Malaysian opposition leader cleared of 'politically motivated' sodomy charges

Malaysia's charismatic opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim vowed yesterday to topple the government at elections expected later this year after being acquitted of sodomy charges following a trial widely criticised as politically motivated.

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim cleared of sex charge

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted by the country's High Court today of a sex offence against a former aide, citing unreliable DNA evidence.

Survival of species may rest with captured rhino

Malaysian wildlife authorities have captured a female Sumatran rhino, which they plan to pair with a new mate in a breeding program meant to save the species from extinction.

Hats off: A busy Vietnamese fish market

Traveller's Guide: Vietnam

Today the first non-stop flight from the UK to Vietnam touches down in the capital, Hanoi, and opens up a nation.

Bell Pottinger targeted Wikipedia entries for Claire Rewcastle Brown and Boris Berezovsky

The arms company, the oligarch and the ex-PM's sister-in-law: lobby firm's Wikipedia hit list

Hundreds of entries on the site were changed by Bell Pottinger without the subjects' knowledge

Elephant kills tourist in Malaysia

A pygmy elephant has fatally gored an Australian tourist in a remote area of Borneo.

Combat the New Year blues with a week on the beach in Barbados

Fuerteventura, Barbados, Borneo

Now...Canary call

The island of Fuerteventura makes for an ideal winter sun escape. Thomas Cook will fly you out from Birmingham a week from today – Wednesday 14 December – for a seven-night stay at the Rio Calma Hotel on the Costa Calma. The package costs £425 per person with half-board accommodation. Thomascook.com

Poignant portraits into the last few days of life on death row

Asian governments will face renewed calls to abolish the death penalty after figures revealed that 14 countries in the region execute more people than the rest of the world put together.

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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