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China's 302mph train leaves the rest of the world behind

A sleek, grey-nosed, Chinese passenger train sped past green fields yesterday and into the record books, hitting a top speed of 302 miles per hour during a test run of the link between the capital, Beijing, and the financial centre, Shanghai, the latest sign of China's growing technological prowess.

High-rise fire victims mourned

Tens of thousands of people swarmed to the site of a Shanghai high-rise fire that killed 58 recently to mourn and quietly criticise a system that allowed illegal contracting and unsafe materials in the country's most modern city.

Dozens killed in Shanghai inferno

Fire engulfed a high-rise apartment building under renovation in China's business centre of Shanghai yesterday, killing 42 people and sending residents scrambling down scaffolding to escape, city authorities said.

Shanghai throws lavish party to close World Expo

Shanghai wrapped up its record-breaking World Expo yesterday with a lavish display of Chinese national pride.

Murray beats Bai to progress in Shanghai

Andy Murray fought his way into the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters today with a straight-sets win over local favourite Yan Bai.

HSBC directors put on brave face at their Shanghai board meeting

HSBC was attempting to gloss over the bitter infighting that has wracked its board in recent days as directors met in Shanghai yesterday. The meeting had originally been scheduled with the aim of selecting a new chairman to replace Stephen Green, who is departing early to take an unpaid role as David Cameron's Trade Minister from the House of Lords.

David Prosser: HSBC keeps us all guessing

Outlook Also hoping to put its troubles behind it is HSBC. After the public infighting of last week, the bank's senior directors were all very gracious about each other yesterday as they met up in Shanghai for the board meeting that had been due to sign off on its management shake-up. Stuart Gulliver, HSBC's chief executive in waiting, was in particularly conciliatory mood, softening his tone on whether the bank might quit the UK.

Snooker: Robertson fights back from Shanghai shock

The world champion Neil Robertson joined the last-16 line-up at the World Open in Glasgow by knocking out Ireland's David Morris yesterday.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: It's time I embraced the word 'biodiversity'

What's your reaction to the word biodiversity? Do you know what it means? Legend has it that when John Prescott took up office as the Environment Secretary in the New Labour government of 1997, he thought it was a washing powder. But of course he soon learned, as all of us learn, that biodiversity is basically a portentous way of saying wildlife.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: The sparrow that survived Mao's purge

Recently in The Independent we summarised the 10 years of our campaign to save the house sparrow, which has largely disappeared from central London for reasons which remain a mystery. In terms of sparrow stories, this vanishing act is hard to beat. Yet there is another sorrowful sparrow tale which is up there with it, in terms of drama, and which bears retelling.

Irish boy wins Chinese story-telling competition

An Irish boy has defeated dozens of native speakers to finish in the top five of the All China Storytelling competition for his performance in Mandarin Chinese of "Little Red Riding Hood" – complete with red headwear.

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Fitness First gears up for £1.2bn listing in Asia

Fitness First, the world's biggest gym chain, is preparing for a £1.2bn flotation in Asia before the end of this year.

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