Taiwan criticizes vague charges and lack of evidence amid concerns after a string of forced confessions and torture of recent high-profile detainees in China.
The democratic island's constitutional court says current laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals violate the rights of gay citizens.
Churches that do not comply are subjected to raids, or are shut down for 'health and safety' reasons, church members say.
Fellow asylum-seeker Dong Guangping is being denied money to buy additional food and supplies in prison, and has been given a government-appointed lawyer.
Yang Shuping used air quality as a metaphor to hit out at choking controls on freedom of speech back home in China.
Local people are incensed at the behavior of village officials, saying they have sold off land and refuse to account for money missing from village coffers.
Officials and state-run media refuse to verify a recent report detailing the decimation of the CIA's China networks in The New York Times, but don't deny it either.
Lawyers and relatives of several prisoners of conscience are continuing to report beatings and mistreatment of clients and loved ones.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hits out at Hong Kong officials, saying 'someone wants to make these families disappear.'
Ni Yulan and her husband say they are continually being targeted for covert forms of police harassment, including serial evictions on various pretexts.
President Rodrigo Duterte reveals threats amid mounting criticism that he has gone soft on Beijing.
Zhang Leilei has been told to leave the city as police crack down on activists ahead of a politically sensitive anniversary and the Fortune Global Forum later in the year.
The law seems to be aimed at legitimizing existing activities by the state security police, commentators say.
Chen Jiangang says police have put pressure on a Beijing primary school not to admit his son after he made public allegations of the torture of his client and fellow lawyer Xie Yang.
Leung Chun-ying says he 'has the right' to seek to influence the scope of a probe into his financial conduct via a pro-Beijing lawmaker charged with investigating him.
More than 1,000 drivers are affected by new regulations requiring them to sign over ownership of their private vehicles to 'companies' instead.
Businesses are being told to shut down during President Xi's 'Belt and Road' forum, which has been ringed with police security checkpoints.