Du Fu Who is lovelier than she? Yet she lives alone in an empty valley. She tells me she came from a good family Which is humbled now into the dust. …When trouble arose in the Kuan district Her brothers and close kin were killed. What use were their high offices Not even shielding their own lives? — The world has but scorn for adversity; Hope goes outlike the light of a candle. Her husbandwith a vagrant heart Seeks a new face like a new piece of jade; And when morning-glories furl at night And mandarin-ducks lie side by side All he can see isRead More →

Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling ORCHID AND ORANGE I Tender orchid-leaves in spring And cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn Are as self- contained as life is, Which conforms them to the seasons. Yet why will you think that a forest-hermit, Allured by sweet winds and contented with beauty, Would no more ask to-be transplanted THan Would any other natural flower? Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling THOUGHTS III The hermit in his lone abode Nurses his thoughts cleansed of care, Them he projects to the wild goose For it to his distant Sovereign to bear. Who will be moved by the sincerity Of my vain day-and-night prayer? What comfort isRead More →

Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling THOUGHTS I A lonely swan from the sea flies, To alight on puddles it does not deign. Nesting in the poplar of pearls It spies and questions green birds twain: “Don’t you fear the threat of slings, Perched on top of branches so high? Nice clothes invite pointing fingers, High climbers god’s good will defy. Bird-hunters will crave me in vain, For I roam the limitless sky. “Read More →

More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots ‘forgot’ to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off. Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. The Boeing 737 aircraft, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely. The aviation ministry has said the cockpit crew has been taken off duty pending investigation. Passenger Darshak Hathi tweeted a video of the interior of the cabin as air pressure dropped and oxygen masks came down .Read More →

A US convict whose talent for art caught the eye of a prison warden, ultimately leading to a review of his case, has been exonerated of murder. Valentino Dixon’s colour pencil drawings of golf courses were featured in Golf Digest – prompting advocates to uncover flawed evidence in the case. Mr Dixon, 48, had maintained his innocence during 27 years behind bars for a shooting in Buffalo, New York. He walked free after another man formally confessed to the murder. The golf drawings Mr Dixon had served nearly two decades at a notorious prison in upstate New York when his artistic flair attracted the noticeRead More →

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to focus their minds on getting a Brexit deal in the next two months, saying negotiations will not be extended. At a dinner in Salzburg, she told her 27 counterparts her priorities are maintaining economic ties and ensuring promises to Northern Ireland are kept. There are suggestions the UK will put forward new ideas for regulatory checks to address the current Irish deadlock. It comes as the PM insisted the EU must also rethink its stance on the border. In her speech, Mrs May stressed her “serious” proposals for future co-operation between the UK and EU would ensure aRead More →

China has hit back at President Donald Trump by announcing new trade tariffs on $60bn of US goods. It comes after the US slapped duties on $200bn of Chinese imports to take effect from next Monday, escalating its trade war with Beijing. China will target goods such as liquefied natural gas, produced in states loyal to the US president. However, in a tweet, Mr Trump warned Beijing against seeking to influence the upcoming US midterm elections. “There will be great and fast economic retaliation against China if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial workers are targeted!” he said. Aircraft, computers and textiles Earlier he had suggestedRead More →

A South Korean church which believes global famine is imminent has set up base in Fiji, where it’s gained considerable influence but faced growing allegations of abuse. One woman who fled what she believes is a cult told the BBC’s Yvette Tan she lost her family in the process – but has no regrets. Seoyeon Lee had one chance to escape and she took it, running down the road in Fiji in her pyjamas and flip-flops. “I was crying and I looked hysterical,” she told the BBC. The then 21-year-old was being pursued by members of Grace Road – including her own mother – whoRead More →

Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut down one of North Korea’s main missile testing and launch sites, says South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation,” said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a “leap forward” towards military peace on the peninsula. Mr Kim also said he hoped to “visit Seoul in the near future” – he would be the first North Korean leader to do so. Summit results: Denuclearisation The main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broadRead More →

Li Bai PARTING AT A WINE-SHOP IN NANJING A wind, bringing willow-cotton, sweetens the shop, And a girl from Wu, pouring wine, urges me to share it With my comrades of the city who are here to see me off; And as each of them drains his cup, I say to him in parting, Oh, go and ask this river running to the east If it can travel farther than a friend’s love! Li Bai A FAREWELL TO SECRETARY SHUYUN AT THE XIETIAO VILLA IN XUANZHOU Since yesterday had to throw me and bolt, Today has hurt my heart even more. The autumn wildgeese haveRead More →