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Laura Robson pictured at the China Open

Heather Watson and Laura Robson progress at the Japan Open

Britain's Heather Watson and Laura Robson booked their places in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open with contrasting wins in Osaka today.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 10 October 2012

Germany helps lift fees at Hays

HTC is feeling the heat from rivals as its profits keep diving

HTC has suffered a sharp fall in its quarterly profits after the Taiwanese smartphones maker continued to lose ground to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy device.

Bubble tea comes in a range of flavours – and colours

A curious kind of cuppa

Bubble tea is big in Asia and the US but now this strange brew – complete with tapioca 'pearls' – has reached the sipping point here, says Neela Debnath

8 dead as typhoon smashes ships in South Korea

A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain today as it churned up rough seas that smashed two fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors.

Can Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock take gold in the 100m?

Wanted: 'Innocent' brides for China's ultra-rich

They have to be serious about getting married. These guys are looking for good wives

True Brit: Johanna Konta, world No 205, defeated three higher-ranked players on her way to the main draw of the US Open in New York

Konta qualifies for US Open main draw at first attempt

The changing of the guard in British women's tennis continues. While Elena Baltacha, so long the standard-bearer, prepares for ankle surgery that will keep her off the court for at least six months, 21-year-old Johanna Konta will make her first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament outside Wimbledon here this week.

Terence Blacker: The world's most political animals

With its cute and comical look, and its two lovely black eyes, the panda makes a great symbol. Just over 50 years ago, its image was chosen for the newly created World Wildlife Fund. Today, it symbolises an altogether uglier reality, closer to human cynicism than animal conservation.

Asian broadcasters buy Peppa Pig rights

Entertainment One, the media firm, has sold the broadcasting rights for some of its most popular children's programmes, including Peppa Pig, to major broadcasters in Asia.

Postcard From...Beijing

The story of Zhou Kehua, the fugitive described as "China's most dangerous man" transfixed the nation for days earlier this month. Zhou was accused of preying on people at cash machines in various cities, then shooting them dead, and the 42-year-old was linked to nine murders over an eight-year spree.

Chinese boy gets head stuck in stone balustrade

Perhaps he should have used his head.

BoJo does a Mo: Boris Johnson paid tribute to Mo Farah as he declared London 2012 “the greatest Games ever” at a press conference yesterday. The Mayor of London even did the “Mobot”

Olympic Shorts: Medal prediction is not quite the gold standard

Most of the country spent the final hours of the Olympic Games willing Team GB to get the one last gold it needed to reach the 30-medal mark, few more so than the Goldman Sachs staff who used econometric models to predict how many medals each nation would win.

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