Students of the Shaolin Tagou martial arts school create mesmerising patterns as they practice for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The city is fast becoming China’s city of clones. Boasting 56 famous replica bridges as well as Venetian- and Dutch-style villages, the Chinese city of Suzhou is the home of ‘duplitecture’. But what’s driving this passion for urban mimicry?

Photo: Michael Silk

How I photographed Tiananmen Square and ‘tank man’

Photographer Stuart Franklin tells his story of the 1989 protests, from peaceful demonstration to bloody crackdown, the iconic ‘tank man’. Read it here

Photo: Stuart Franklin/Magnum Photos

MH370: new satellite images show 122 objects in Indian Ocean

• Potential debris field spotted by French satellite 
• Australian PM cautions against hope of breakthrough
• Chinese ships join resumed search operation
• Thunderstorms and poor visibility forecast for search area
• Malaysia Airlines served with first lawsuit over MH370

Click here to follow live updates 

A memorial cross for MH370 Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

MH370: relatives of Chinese passengers march on Malaysian embassy in Beijing

Family members of passengers on board flight MH370 have marched on the Malaysian embassy in Beijing demanding answers, after authorities said they had concluded the missing plane crashed in the remote Indian Ocean with the loss of all 239 people on board.

More than two weeks of confusing and sometimes contradictory briefings have left relatives of more than 150 Chinese citizens on board deeply suspicious about the search and investigation. Read more

Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

MH370: Australian ship trying to recover ‘objects’

• An Australian ship is trying to retrieve two objects spotted by search aircraft in the Southern Indian Ocean. HMAS Success, the only ship in the area, could retrieve the objects in the next few hours, or by tomorrow at the latest.

• The objects, one grey/green and circular, the other orange and rectangle, are separate from white rectangular objects detected by a Chinese search plane. It is not yet confirmed whether the objects were connected to MH370.

Follow the latest developments 

Malaysia dismisses ‘inaccurate’ reports that plane flew on for hours - live updates

• Ships find no trace of objects detected by Chinese satellite
• US investigators suspect plane flew for hours after vanishing
• Conflicting claims about the plane’s last signal

Click here for live updates

Pictured: Crew members of Chinese Air Force search the sea areas where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Nine Chinese cities suffered more days of severe smog than Beijing

Photographs of a smog-wreathed Tiananmen Square and the iconic headquarters of China Central Television dominated reports of Chinese pollution last year, but analysis shows nine other Chinese cities suffered more days of severe smog than the capital in 2013.

The worst was Xingtai, a city of more than 7 million people south-west of Beijing, which was hit by 129 days of “unhealthy air” or worse – the threshold at which pollution is considered at emergency levels – and more than twice as many days as the capital experienced. Read more

Photo: China Stringer Network / Reuters

Photo highlights of the day. A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire in a pile of reeds, which broke out at a paper factory in Changde, China.

Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

Russian daredevils scale the Shanghai Tower, China’s new tallest building

Pair climb 650 metres to top of skyscraper and beyond, giving them an extraordinary view of fast-growing city. Read more

Photos: Vitaly Raskarov/Caters News Agency.