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Li Na poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their women's singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. Bobby Yip / Reuters

Australian dominance

Li Na's long-anticipated second Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open on Saturday has cemented her place at the pinnacle of women's tennis and should trigger another boost for the sport in China. When 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert handed the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to Li after she defeated Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 to claim the Open title on her third attempt in four years, the capacity crowd at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena stood and cheered.

Nostalgic appetites

Sunday News

2014 diplomatic strategy outlined at Davos

Focus will be on relations with EU, Russia and US, foreign minister says

Terrorists behind twin explosions in Xinjiang

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Sunday Special

Buying in

The average family reunion dinner this Lunar New Year's Eve may have a menu that sounds as if it came out of a city-fusion restaurant - organic pork from Yunnan, seafood from Dalian, lotus root from Hubei and mango from Hainan.

Southern traditions still going strong

Sunday People

A visionary rooted in service

Chinese Lunar New Year, which this year falls on Jan 31, has been celebrated in public schools and government offices in Maryland for eight years. And He Xiaohui, former president of the Coordination Council of Chinese-American Associations, had a lot to do with it.

World Scene

'Clothesline' shock leads to meteorology career

Sunday Expat

Raising a stink

For first-timers in China, coping with an alien culture is a challenge magnified by the language-barrier. But a young US horticulture graduate last year quickly found two common denominators. The first one: Snow. "Last winter, when I was first getting accustomed to living out here, we had some very memorable snowball fights," recalls Chris Cowell, laughing. "That led me to really meet and interact with a lot of my colleagues that I couldn't really speak to at the time due to the language barrier." The second connection he found with Chinese was vinegar, which Cowell has been brewing since his arrival in suburban Beijing.

Out and about

How a pile put one man on the map

Entrepreneur Special

Reason for being

Company's purpose is to give back, says CEO

AURORA Museum displays treasures of Chinese culture

Sunday Style

Heart and sole of fashion

It seems more than natural that the creative director of luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo is wearing 10-centimeter heels. She grew up with the sit-com Sex and the City, in which the famous line from Carrie Bradshaw, "I lost my Choo", became the best advertisement for the 19-year-old shoe house.

Sunday Travel

Mixing old with new in central Vietnam

One of the first things you will notice on the drive into Danang from the airport is the number of scooters on the road. The second thing you may notice is that the lines drawn on the road are more an indication of where your vehicle should be on the road rather than a rule.

Cruise lines lure new generation with events

Airline news and deals

Sunday Kaleidoscope

Hoof it to Life Hub for equine art

To celebrate the upcoming year of the Horse, a series of horse-themed artworks created by eight Chinese contemporary artists are exhibited at the Life Hub@Jinqiao, an open-space shopping area with abundant boutiques and restaurants.

Exploring in darkness, while shedding new light

Art that imitates his life's journeys

Sunday Food

Tasty treats for Chinese New Year

When in Beijing, eat as Beijingers do. Some of the capital's restaurants are offering typical Beijing foods during the Spring Festival. Take the chance to dig in and find out more about city's festive culture.

Festive dishes around town