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Saturday 23 July 2011
An overloaded double-decker bus burst into flames on a highway in central China yesterday, killing 41 people on board.
Friday 22 July 2011
Written in lively style by two American academics, this book questions the stability of the "food empire" on which humanity depends. We are complacent, they claim, due to four assumptions: there will be more "biochemical fixes" to maintain bumper crops; continuation of the "mild, sunny weather" of recent centuries; dependence on fragile monocultures; reliance on cheap fossil fuels to power freezers and synthesise fertilisers. "For a hundred years," the authors point out, "our industrial food empire has been astoundingly successful but all empires stumble and fall."
Monday 18 July 2011
Beekeepers Wang Dalin, 42, and Lv Kongjiang, 20, battled it out over the weekend in Shaoyang, Hunan province, China in a competition known as 'bee bearding'.
Tuesday 28 June 2011
BG signed a $1.5bn (£940m) agreement with the Bank of China yesterday to fund an expansion of the oil and gas giant's activities in the country.
Tuesday 21 June 2011
Tuesday 21 June 2011
More than 40 miles of dykes are in danger of being breached in an eastern Chinese province where floods have caused $1.2bn in losses, authorities said yesterday, as the country neared a critical point in battling seasonal rains.
Wednesday 08 June 2011
Floods in south-western China have killed 14 people and left 53 missing while destroying roads, bridges and thousands of homes.
Tuesday 10 May 2011
A hospital in southwestern China says conjoined twin girls with a single body and two heads have been born at its facility.
Friday 18 March 2011
A Tibetan monk who set himself on fire in an anti-government protest – and was then beaten and kicked by police – has died.
Sunday 06 March 2011
Part-documentary and part-portraiture, Christophe Agou's book is about the landscape and the lives of the farmers and families in his homeland – the rural Forez province of France.
Friday 25 February 2011
The Broadway musical, as a habitat, tends not to throng with nature's great spellers. Gypsy's Mama Rose could probably get through "audition", without mishap, but the chances are that she'd put a middle "e" in "monstrous". And, even though it's her native German, how would Maria von Trapp cope with "Weltanschauung" – the word that happens to be the climactic clincher in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical comedy (by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin), that redresses the balance, to an almost parodic degree, in favour of the non-orthographically-challenged?
Monday 31 January 2011
Firefighters struggle to combat a huge wildfire in Logan County, Oklahoma.
Monday 24 January 2011
Thursday 06 January 2011
It must have seemed a perfectly grand idea to Suffolk tourism chiefs. They would invite the public to vote online for the best loved "icon" of the county. Even better, they would allow the public to make suggestions themselves. What could be more in tune with the devolutionist and participatory ethos of the Big Society?
Thursday 30 December 2010
Men claiming to belong to Mexico's Zetas drug gang have forced radio stations to broadcast a threat of war in a northern Guatemalan province where the government declared a state of siege last week.
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
- 1 Three of Pope Francis' relatives die in Argentina car crash, including two young great-nephews