Cyclists cover their faces on a hazy day in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. Two of the country’s most influential news outlets were criticised after trying to put a positive spin on China’s air pollution problem. The Global Times newspaper said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while state broadcaster CCTV listed five “unforeseen rewards” of smog, including helping Chinese people’s sense of humour.
Workers undertake drainage repairs on a commercial street in Beijing. Chinese inflation slowed to 3% in November, the National Bureau of Statistics said, comfortably below the government’s target of 3.5% for the year.
Tibetan exiles are detained by Indian policewomen during a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. They were demonstrating against human rights abuses of Tibetans by the Chinese government, on the eve of World Human Rights Day
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Chinese premier Li Keqiang and David Cameron, UK prime minister, talk during a signing ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People. Beijing, China.
He Zili at his home in Zhejiang province, China. Zili, 11, injured his head when he was a year old and suffers from mental disorders. His family say they have to restrain him as he has attacked people in the past.
Chinese paramilitary policemen cry as they see off veterans during a farewell ceremony in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.
A woman covers her mouth against the smoke in a street damaged by an explosion at a Sinopec oil pipeline in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. The explosion killed 35 people and caused a blaze that took several hours to bring under control, halting operations at a major oil port.
Jobseekers line up at a job fair at Tianjin university, China. According to local media, more than 6,000 people rushed to the job fair on Friday for openings from 300 companies, against the backdrop that a decrease is expected in available positions for fresh graduates in the China job market in 2014
Commuters travel on the Star Ferry in Victoria Harbour from Kowloon to Hong Kong island on Thursday.
A member of the People’s Liberation Army is seen behind a curtain before a welcoming ceremony for Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte who is meeting his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.