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Haifeng Fu of China competes in his Men's Doubles Badminton Semi Final match against Boon Heong Tan and Kien Keat Koo of Malaysia

China victims of 'double standards' at Olympics according to official newspaper

Chinese athletes have been victims of double standards at the Olympics, the country's top official newspaper said today while questioning the expulsion of two of its players from the badminton tournament.

Badminton: Lee falls just short of summit

Lee Chong Wei moved heaven and earth in his bid to win Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal yesterday – but in the end he could not quite conquer badminton's highest peak.

New releases 04/08/2012: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, London: the Modern Babylon, A Simple Life, Sound of My Voice, Undefeatedm The Flowers of War, Eames: the Architect & the Painter, Leave It on the Floor and Truth or Dare

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days (U)

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Dir. David Bowers
Starring Zachary Gordon,  Robert Capron, 94mins

Another episodic series of misfortunes and indignities befall Greg Heffley, the fairly charmless hero of these adaptations of Jeff Kinney’s children’s novels. He  embarrasses himself in  front of his teenage crush;  has to join his father in a  Civil War battle re-enactment; loses his trunks in the swimming pool, and so on.

Gu Kailai, left, and her husband Bo Xilai, a former party boss. She now faces the death penalty

China's rulers seek to close ranks over Neil Heywood death

Looming murder trial of key Communist party figure's wife exposes ominous rift in leadership

Zhang, the 24-year-old reigning world champion, celebrated by leaping over the court surround and kissing the gold medal podium and then draping himself in a Chinese flag

Table Tennis: Jike wins gold to complete slam

World No 1 Zhang Jike powered to victory over Wang Hao in an all-Chinese men's table tennis final, taking China halfway to another clean sweep of golds at London 2012.

Five dead as typhoon batters Taiwan

Torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding across Taiwan today, killing five people and injuring 15, as Typhoon Saola skirted the island's east and north coasts and headed towards China.

Jiao Liuyang continued China’s success with 200m butterfly gold

Records continue to tumble as China makes more waves at the Aquatics Centre

Two more world records, a fingernail finish to the men's 100m freestyle, another is-she-isn't-she sighting of Ye Shiwen and at last some encouragement for the home nation were corralled together to create another rousing evening's entertainment in the Aquatics Centre.

Ye Shiwen

James Lawton: It may feel wrong to doubt golden Ye but history tells us we must

The young Tigress of swimming was almost in repose here last night. Ye Shiwen lowered the Olympic record, the one she had set a few hours earlier, by a mere one and a half seconds. If you didn't know better, you might have guessed someone had suggested she didn't draw too much attention to herself.

The West are 'always arrogant' says father of 'disturbing' gold medal winner Ye Shiwen as China hits back over doping accusations

Chinese officials have reacted angrily to doping accusations swirling around their newest swimming superstar Ye Shiwen, who has won two gold medals at the London Olympics.

Hugo Boss sales slowing in Asia

Hugo Boss, owned by Britain's Permira private equity firm, has reported a slowdown in sales growth in Asia.

Tom Daley believes he can still win an Olympic medal in the individual events

Diving: 'We know exactly what to do', says Tom Daley as he refuses to give up on London 2012 medal dream

Despite yesterday's disappointing result in the synchronised diving with Pete Waterfield, Tom Daley still believes he can win an Olympic medal at London 2012.

Sales of cosmetics grew by 18 per cent in China last year, amounting to £10bn

Wendy Higgins: Animal testing is the beauty industry’s well-kept ugly secret

Animal testing is the beauty industry’s well-kept ugly secret. Many consumers still shop under the assumption that cosmetics animal suffering is a thing of the past. The truth, however, is altogether harder to swallow - thousands of animals are still used to test cosmetic chemicals.

1. DIVING: Six confident and precise dives from the Chinese teenage pair Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won the gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10m platform event yesterday afternoon

China's Town: The athletes making their mark here at London 2012

Chinese athletes are proving dominant across the Olympic venues and day four was certainly no exception. Jack Pitt-Brooke surveys another exceptional set of results

A young boy tries to looks for his belongings after a storm hit the Philippines capital Manila yesterday

Storm wreaks havoc on Manila's poor

A young boy swims among floating debris, trying to salvage his belongings. Tropical Storm Saola hit the Philippines capital Manila yesterday, sweeping two barges into an informal settler area of the city.

July 30, 2012: Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield look on as they finish fourth in the synchronized event

Diving: Daley and Waterfield see medal chances evaporate

It takes, as Tom Daley often likes to point out, 1.6 seconds to plunge from the top of the 10m platform into the water and that is how long it took Daley and his partner Pete Waterfield to see their hopes of a medal disappear today.

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