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Far from swallowing it up in apathy, the Japanese have thrown open their arms and welcomed the World Cup into their midst.
At the forefront of the pro-democracy protests against Hong Kong's goverment – and China – are the "frontliners" engaged in an increasingly violent struggle with a repressive state.
The party-state’s need to control the message increasingly dictates freedom of speech in Europe and the US.
A letter from Beijing on China's response to the Hong Kong riots.
After the shooting of a teenage protester, calls to disband the police force entirely are gaining traction.
The People’s Republic of China turns 70 this month. To reach this milestone it faced down opponents at home and abroad. But will this increasingly corrupt regime be able to maintain its grip on such a vast and volatile country?
The divide between sport and politics is thinner than you might think.
China is believed to have detained one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a dystopian network of “re-education” camps. For relatives in the West, it feels like they disappeared into thin air.
In Hong Kong’s “shoppers’ paradise”, malls have become a key site for protests, exposing an age-old conflict between profit and principle.
“There has been a tremendous disturbance in the Force.”
The protesters have offered the government an olive branch. The world will be watching to see what it does with it.