The world's best father (…or father-in-law) Generous Chinese businessman gives 100million dowry ahead of daughter's lavish weddingIncludes boxes of gold jewellery, property portfolio and shares in his firmThe groom, a civil servant, has known the bride since kindergarten Expensive dowries have long been a marriage tradition in the region By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 18:51 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:54 GMT, 2 January 2013 New bride: Wu Ruibiao's daughter was given four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m and an impressive property portfolio A wealthy Chinese tile magnate gave his daughter a gigantic 100million dowry that included four boxes of gold jewellery, shares and several homes for her lavish wedding. The extravagant gift included four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m (20m yuan) and an impressive property portfolio
Fighting in Aleppo shuts down city's airport as Syria's vicious civil war shows no sign of slowing in 2013Rebel forces targeting airports in attempt to curb President Assad's air forceUse of air strikes one of military's key advantages over opposition forcesCivil war has raged for 21 months with a death toll of 40,000 people /12/31/article-2255103-169039ED000005DC-240_634x429.jpg” width=”634″ height=”429″ alt=”Fatal: Fighting in Aleppo has intensified with rebel forces specifically targeting air bases. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting led to closure of Aleppo International Airport on Monday ” class=”blkBorder” /> Fatal: Fighting in Aleppo has intensified with rebel forces specifically targeting air bases.
The 1,000-year-old wooden bridges that keep modern China moving: Stunning timber structures have withstood test of timeRemarkable images of bridges built nearly 1,000 years ago and still in useThe wooden bridges in south east China have been listed as cultural relicsKnowledge and skills been passed on down the years to maintain them | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 27 December 2012 Still standing and still in every-day use – the arched wooden bridges built in China nearly 1,000 years ago demonstrate the true skill of the master craftsmen who first constructed them. These stunning structures show how not every part of China has been altered by its remarkable rate of development.
Owning a dog 'is not African', declares Jacob Zuma: Racism row after South African president says black people with pets are just copying white culture Outspoken president describes people who love dogs more than humans as 'having a lack of humanity'Black South Africans respond by posting photos of themselves being 'un-African' by walking their dogs on Twitter President's office says message of speech 'was need to decolonise the African mind post-liberation' | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 27 December 2012 Claim: South African President Jacob Zuma has warned black Africans against owning and walking dogs, which he says is just copying white culture He is not afraid to voice controversial opinions on anything from same-sex marriage to teenage pregnancy. But now South African president Jacob Zuma has taken the bizarre step of warning black Africans against owning a dog. President Zuma said that owning and walking a dog, and even taking one to the vet, were not African activities, and was just copying white culture
So why DO the Chinese fly 5,000 miles to shop in the West End Asks Jane Fryer | UPDATED: 23:57 GMT, 27 December 2012 These tourists have no time for Beefeaters, Big Ben, or cream tea at the Ritz.
Playtime for panda! Giant cub loves nothing better than a swing in the snow | UPDATED: 11:51 GMT, 24 December 2012 He may be playing in sub-zero temperatures but this adorable giant panda could still melt any heart. The lovable bear clearly relished the snowfall at at Yantai Zoo in Shandong Province, China, yesterday as he rolls around in the white stuff. First of all the brave panda shows off his skills on the climbing frame by crawling along upside down.
Red alert over Chilean volcano as she gets ready to blow with awesome ash dischargeArea near Copahue volcano put on red alert following seismic activity Volcano started spewing ash and gas on SaturdayAn ash cloud nearly a mile high has billowed from the volcano | UPDATED: 17:35 GMT, 24 December 2012 A region of Chile has been put on red alert after a volcano on the Argentinian border started spewing ash and gas. Seismic activity at the Copahue volcano grew over the weekend until Chile's emergency office ONEMI issued the highest alert yesterday in the Biobio region when an ash cloud billowed almost a mile high. The volcano, which sits in the Andes cordillera, straddling the border with Argentina's Neuquen province, started spewing ash and gas on Saturday.
These snow sculptures are brrrilliant! Ice cool art set to draw record crowds | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 24 December 2012 These beautiful ice sculptures create a real winter wonderland as they are painstakingly created from huge mounds of compressed snow for China's annual ice festival. After thousands of man hours in the making, the stunning sculptures are finally ready for the throngs of tourists at the annual Jingyue Snow World festival in Jingyuetan National Forest in China's Jilin Province.
Stop and think – and you will realise that banning guns is a waste of time | UPDATED: 00:03 GMT, 23 December 2012 Ask yourself this. Even if you had a house full of guns and ammunition, would you then murder a close relative, shoot your way into a nearby primary school and massacre as many children as you could Of course you wouldn’t.
Moment crazed Doomsday knifeman who stabbed 23 children attacks schoolgirl with machete Knifeman said to be disturbed by Doomsday rumours that world will endHe slashed woman in her home before frenzied machete attack at school | UPDATED: 12:13 GMT, 19 December 2012 These pictures show a man obsessed by Doomsday rumours slashing a Chinese schoolgirl with a machete outside her school gates. Min Yongjun, 36, has been arrested on suspicion of jeopardising public security for stabbing a total of 23 children last Friday A statement from the Guangshan county government indicated that Min might have been strongly affected by 'Doomsday rumours', that predict an apocalypse this Friday