Environmental activists say the central government is trying to take back control of monitoring amid widespread fraud by local officials.
Activists are taken away from their homes during a top-level political meeting of the ruling Chinese Communist Party in Beijing.
A huge stash of explosives may have been stored for use in the region's many coal mines.
Zhou Ping says he fled China to avoid political repercussions for his young children linked to his activism.
Some would-be independent election candidates are put under surveillance, while others are forced to take out-of-town 'vacations.'
Lin Zuluan retracted a televised "confession" and appealed his jail term for corruption.
ViuTV fired two former student activists after they discussed independence for Hong Kong in a public debate.
The majority pro-government camp in the city's legislature says many people are angry over anti-China slurs in previously rejected oaths.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party considers disgruntled military veterans a potential major threat to stability, analysts say.
While his colleagues are accounted for, Gui Minhai is still being held in an unknown location with no access to family or a lawyer.
The alert comes after some 10,000 people protest in the city for four consecutive days, fearing pollution from the plant.
Miao Deshun was scheduled for release from a Beijing jail after serving 27 years, in poor mental and physical health.
Torture camp survivor Hao Wei has advanced cancer and hopes to take her daughter overseas on a U.N.-backed resettlement program.
The program gets the go-ahead from Beijing, but is vetoed for 'security' reasons by state security police in Hebei province.
Thousands who joined mass demonstrations over unpaid benefits this week have been promised a response by New Year's Day.
A directive from the country's internet regulator cites "problematic reports" published recently by Caixin Online.
Observers say Lin Zuluan, who is appealing his jail term, was forced to confess after his grandson was kidnapped.