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China treats its foreign aid like a state secret. New research aims to reveal it.

Since the turn of the century, China has become an unavoidable global provider of foreign assistance, funding everything from opera houses in Algeria to tobacco farms in Zimbabwe.<p>Try to find in-depth data about these projects, however, and you are mostly out of luck. China treats its foreign …

From dusk till dawn: in search of old-school Bangkok

Bangkok is now a strange amalgam of past and future, with the present suspended between them<p>There's a delicious hitch. Thais have their anarchic side and are often whimsically bound by official edicts and visions<p>Bangkok may be the most-visited city on Earth, but it remains one of the least-known to …

20th Century

For 1 Attorney, A Lonely Legal Fight To Make Trump Comply With Rules

President Trump marks his first year in the White House on Jan. 20. Since he took the oath, he's been dogged by questions about his hundreds of businesses and the conflicts of interest they pose.<p>In attempts to confront Trump and force him to address these conflicts, congressional Democrats, state …

Donald Trump

Child sex abuse victims say inquiry has 'descended into farce' as third chairman Dame Lowell Goddard quits

The future of the independent inquiry into child sex abuse was thrown into doubt last night after Dame Lowell Goddard became the third chairman to resign.<p>Abuse victims said the inquiry had "descended into farce" and said they felt "betrayed" by her shock resignation. The inquiry,which they had …

Inside the Eiffel Tower apartment

The Eiffel Tower welcomes seven million visitors a year, but none of them have been able to spend the night snoozing under its iron latticework - until now.<p>An unused conference room on the first level of the tower has been transformed into a designer apartment, 188ft above ground level.<p>It was …

Dozens injured as turbulence hits Malaysia Airlines flight from London

Passengers and crew treated for minor injuries after flight from London to Kuala Lumpur was hit by severe turbulence over Bay of Bengal<p>Dozens of people have been injured when a Malaysia Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur was hit by severe turbulence, as photos emerged showing a cabin …

Airplanes

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• <b>If</b> <b>you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below</b><p>In …

Books

Sex, drugs, honeymoon, motherhood – what if my child reads my diaries?

I’ve written more journals than Pepys, but am a mum with an image to protect, and worry that my daughter could one day read my frank daily records<p>Do you know what you were doing on 29 December 1986? Thanks to my compulsive diary habit, I do. Sitting in the back seat of the family car with my …

Vladimir Putin refuses to speak to Turkish president over Ankara's lack of apology

The row between Russia and Turkey since the latter downed a Moscow warplane this week continues with the Russian president refusing to speak to his Turkish counterpart<p>Russia suspended visa free travel with Turkey and warned that it may restrict civilian passenger flights between the two countries …

Climber Could Become 1st Woman To Conquer 'Wall Of Death' Route

Twenty-two-year-old professional rock climber Sasha DiGiulian is attempting to become the first woman to scale the Paciencia route onthe north face of Mount Eiger. The peak in the Swiss Alps is known as the "Wall Of Death."<p>DiGiulian and her climbing partner, Carlo Traversi, have spent weeks at the …

Mountaineering

The Beauty and Serenity of Istanbul at Dawn: Photo Series

"If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul." Alphonse de Lamartine<p>I arrived in the oldest part of Istanbul, …

Mexico City