Ex-Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa despite Congress invitation | World news

An outspoken former detainee in China’s internment camps for Muslims has said that his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected even though he had been invited to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the chairs of the …

New Look to pull out of China with closure of 120 stores | Business

New Look is to close all its 120 shops in China by the end of the year after disappointing sales, as it continues to battle tough conditions on the UK high street. The fashion chain, which persuaded landlords to back the closure of up to 60 of its 593 UK stores and rent reductions on …

WTO warns trade war threatens ‘millions of jobs’, as China’s stocks slide again – business live | Business

3.16am EDT03:16 China’s stock market hits fresh four-year lows Roberto Azevedo’s warning of the perils of a trade war will have resonated in China’s stock exchanges today. Shares are sliding sharply AGAIN today, as traders fear that the dispute with America will escalate further. The Shanghai composite index has just closed, down 3%, at its …

Papua New Guinea imports 40 Maseratis to transport Apec delegates | World news

Papua New Guineans have reacted with anger at its government importing a fleet of Maseratis to drive international delegates around the Apec conference next month, amid a health and poverty crisis, struggling economy, and ongoing efforts after a devastating earthquake. The PNG government has defended its decision, expressing confidence that all 40 luxury cars will …

Inside the psychiatric hospitals and churches of rural China – in pictures | Art and design

A woman with lamb, holding a cross in Shaanxi, 1992 Lu says: ‘My visual treatments are influenced by two great painters, Piero della Francesca and Johannes Vermeer. Francesca’s works have a quiet, solemn atmosphere; they have clear spatial structure and the figuration is unassuming yet powerful. Vermeer’s pictures portray simple settings that are serene yet …

World stock markets dive as Trump attacks ‘crazy’ US rate hikes | Business

A jittery, volatile week on global financial markets has burst into a frenzy of selling, triggered by heavy losses on Wall Street and comments by Donald Trump describing US interest rate hikes as “crazy”. The Nikkei index in Tokyo fell by almost 4% on Thursday, while in Hong Kong the index was down 3.25% and …

French investigate after Interpol chief Meng Hongwei goes missing | World news

French police have opened an investigation after the wife of the president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, said she had not heard from her husband since he travelled home to his native China last week. French police sources and justice officials said Meng’s wife, who lives with him and their children in Lyon, south-east France, where …

Mike Pence accuses China of meddling in US elections despite lack of evidence | US news

Mike Pence has claimed that Russian interference in US elections “pales in comparison” with Chinese meddling, which he said was aimed at ousting Donald Trump. The vice-president’s allegation echoes a similar claim made by the president at the UN last week, but it has been contradicted by cybersecurity experts and the administration has yet to …

China warns US it will not be ‘blackmailed’ on trade | World news

China has warned that its critical relationship with the United States could break “like a glass”, and used the most global of stages to warn the Trump administration it wouldn’t be pushed around on trade. Foreign Minister Wang Yi insisted that his country “will not be blackmailed” or bow to pressure. “Protectionism will only hurt …

The strangest moments from Donald Trump’s UN press conference – video | Global

In a rare event, US president Donald Trump has fronted reporters for a solo press conference and there was no shortage of colour. Among them was the moment he called a reporter from Kurdistan ‘Mr Kurd’ and talked of the respect China has for his ‘very, very large brain’. Trump even managed to quote Elton …