News The offices of the Guardian newspaper in central London

China has blocked the websites of The Guardian and other media organisations which published stories about the offshore holdings of relatives of the country’s leading figures.

Business Diary: 06/03/2010

Primark's Ryan comes out of hiding

Arthur Ryan, chairman of Primark, hasn't been photographed in public since founding the chain in 1969. Now Mr Ryan's seclusion is over: after turning up to accept a gong at the Retail Week Awards at London's Grosvenor House on Thursday night, the septuagenarian stuck around and was spotted puffing away on a ciggie with pals outside the Park Lane hotel after midnight.

Shoe incident gave Wen's mother haemorrhage

The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has revealed that his mother suffered a brain haemorrhage last year when she watched television footage of a student throwing a shoe at him during a visit to Cambridge University.

DJ Taylor: Are we really free?

The demise of 'legs 11' and the desire to deal with the Chinese indicate that we may be less liberal than we were back in the heyday of Grace Brothers

China's delaying tactics threaten climate deal

China is attempting to scupper chances of a comprehenive agreement at the Copenhagen climate summit by using delaying tactics, sources inside the negotiations have told The Independent.

PM calls for ambitious climate deal

Gordon Brown demanded more ambition from countries deadlocked in climate change talks today but conceded that it could take up to a year to secure a binding international deal on global warming.

Crunch climate change talks kick off in Copenhagen

Crunch UN talks on climate change kicked off in Copenhagen today, amid calls for a strong international agreement which delivers immediate action to tackle rising temperatures.

All roads lead to Copenhagen as 100 world leaders head to summit

Saudi Arabia casts shadow over conference with bid to exploit leaked climate change emails

China mine explosion kills 42 and traps 66

At least 42 miners were killed and 66 remain trapped 500 metres underground following a gas blast at a mine in China early today.

Wen Jiabao: It's not a clash but a coalition of civilisations that China wants

Civilisations can be different, but no civilisation is superior to others. Each civilisation embodies the common vision and common aspirations of mankind shaped in the course of development and progress. The Chinese civilisation has long advocated the great ideas that "harmony is most valuable", "seek harmony in diversity" and "do not do unto others what you would not have others do unto you". Similarly, the Islamic civilisation values peace and calls for tolerance. The Koran contains more than 100 references to peace. We should build consensus and seek harmony in a world of diversity and push forward development through exchanges. This is the approach all mankind should embrace in advancing civilisation.

China unlikely to back more Iran sanctions

Premier Wen Jiabao says China intends to strengthen its co-operation with Iran, an indication that Beijing will oppose growing calls in the West for additional sanctions against the Islamic Republic for its nuclear programme.

North Korea may resume nuclear talks

North Korea has said it is ready to return to international talks on ending its nuclear weapons programme if the United States agrees to bilateral discussions first. The offer came during a visit to Pyongyang by the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, whose government pledged to strengthen bonds with North Korea.

China's premier visits North Korea

China's Premier Wen Jiabao met the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il yesterday amid signs that North Korea may be willing to restart talks over its nuclear weapons programmes.

Johann Hari: Please, dear novelists, get real

I long to drag them to a rundown estate in Bradford or a climate change protest camp

Shoe protester 'was unreasonable'

A protester who threw a shoe at the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao during a lecture at Cambridge University behaved "unreasonably" and could have caused serious injury, a court heard.

Andrew Buncombe: Paxman – time to throw the shoe

I wasn't at the press conference last week when an Indian journalist took off his shoe and threw it at home minister P Chidambaram in disgust over the politician's apparent refusal to properly answer his question. But I was watching it live on television. To his credit, Mr Chidambaram leaned gracefully out of the way of the projectile and urged the security personnel to go gentle on Sikh reporter Jarnail Singh as they led him away.

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