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A chain-mail coif can work for the 21st century, as a cable-knit hoodie

MBA students have the chance to rotate between campuses around the globe if they study at Hult

The two imposing Georgian buildings overlooking Russell Square in Bloomsbury in London are quintessentially British from the outside. Step through the solid oak doors to the ultra-modern interior, however, and you'll find a piece of America. This is Hult, the only international school in the UK to offer postgraduate business qualifications and US undergraduate degrees under the same roof.

Chinese gaming tycoon holds takeover talks with Liverpool

A chinese multi-millionaire internet gaming tycoon from Shanghai has held provisional talks about buying Liverpool, The Independent can reveal. No offer has been tabled yet but Zhu Jun, 44, the founder chairman and chief executive of The9 Ltd – one of China's leading online gaming firms – is described by local sources as "sincerely interested" in the club.

Shanghai World Expo opens with modest attendance

Hundreds of thousands of visitors (above) waited for hours in the baking sun yesterday on the opening day of the Shanghai World Expo 2010, showcasing China's rise as a modern industrial power.

'Speak out and you will disappear', activist told

Feng Zhenghu, Shanghai's most famous dissident, announced last week that he wanted to launch a manifesto on human rights.

No room for dissent as China presents proud face to the world

Chiefs of £38bn World Expo in Shanghai warn protesters will not be tolerated

Chinese court charges 'Rio four' with bribery and espionage

The mining giant has repeatedly denied the allegations against its staff

Shanghai: There's a new kid on the Bund

This is the first building in 60 years to go up on the historic waterfront. Yet its style gives a nod to the city's Art Deco heyday

The year starts here: With new heights, new horizons and even new nations to explore, take the plunge into 2010

Adventure, culture or indulgence: whatever you seek in the coming year, let James Tennet, Ben Ross and Simon Calder inspire you.

Tsonga and Verdasco play match on high speed train

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Verdasco, acclaimed for their speed around the court, admitted to feeling a little nervous themselves as they played a modified exhibition match while hurtling around Shanghai in one of the world's fastest commercial high-speed trains.

The Mao Case, By Qiu Xiaolong

The sixth in Qiu Xialong's Inspector Chen series, The Mao Case is the usual enjoyable mix of murder, poetry and contradictions of contemporary Chinese culture. Chen is asked by the Party to secretly investigate the whereabouts of a mysterious object that the granddaughter of one of Mao's old lovers is thought to possess. The carefully schizoid attitude to Mao is evident: all Chinese deplore the brutalities of the Cultural Revolution, but it's not allowed to blame Mao. Chen himself, no lover of Mao, rebukes a taxi-driver for speaking ill of him.

Black cab firm flagging with first-half loss

Manganese Bronze, the group that makes London's black taxis, slumped to a first half loss blaming flagging confidence from cabbies in the current economic climate.

Melanie McDonagh: Soon there will be brothers and sisters again in China

China – at least, its biggest commercial city – is to modify its one-child policy. The authorities in Shanghai have declared that "eligible couples" – viz, two only-children – will be allowed, indeed, encouraged, to have a second child.

China relaxes one-child rule to beat pension crisis

Fears that an ageing population could be left unable to support itself mean that China's biggest city and financial centre, Shanghai, is overhauling the decades-old One Child Policy and encouraging couples to have a second baby.

Don't stop me Mao: Shanghai's ambitious skyline continues to soar towards the stratosphere

Harriet O'Brien explores the city then retreats to the limestone peaks of rural China
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