Our destiny is to move beyond Earth

Space exploration, robotic and manned, deserves public funding

Xi graft purge snares predecessor’s aide

Probe launched into Ling Jihua, top adviser to former president

Nicaragua breaks ground with $50bn canal

Ortega seeks to allay fears over China’s role in inter-ocean project

HK property tycoon jailed for 5 years

Thomas Kwok found guilty after fraud trial

China’s GM crops fail to bear fruit

Bureaucratic stalemate stalls approvals of newly developed products

China has gifts but no guilt at Christmas

Far more Chinese celebrate the tradition than believe in it

China property rules to aid graft purge

Unified registry will help stop corrupt officials stashing wealth

US struggles to respond to hack of Sony

Obama tones down the rhetoric against North Korea

Hong Kong tycoon found guilty of bribery

Court convicts Thomas Kwok but clears brother Raymond

China data revision lifts GDP by $308bn

Adjustment pushes country even further ahead of the US

China housing market trims losses

Property prices still falling but at slower pace

European innovation continues to fall

Region’s share of global patent filings hits lowest level ever

China businesswoman fined $404m for graft

Former egg-seller who brokered bribes jailed for 20 years

Green light for $13bn Beijing airport

City’s second terminal is latest megaproject aimed at lifting growth

Feast turns to famine for China trusts

Loans tumble as demand dries up and amid new competition

Long road from Lima to global climate deal

Conference leaves hopes alive but many questions still unanswered

Chinese nuclear group buys UK wind farms

Beijing-owned group enters Europe’s renewables market

Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

Country sees substantial strengthening of solvency

UN climate plan reached in marathon session

Past-deadline haggling produces watered-down plan ahead of Paris summit in 2015

China bank deals hint at renewed confidence

Number of overseas deals by banks and insurers hits record in 2014