Poet praises Germany for standing up for human rights at a time of heavy state pressure on lawyers, writers and activists.
Beijing typically uses access to its huge domestic market as a way of keeping celebrities in line, analysts say.
The move comes amid warnings over the erosion of traditional freedoms in the former British colony.
Qin Yongmin could face a lengthy jail term, but his wife's family fear for her safety, more than 20 months after she disappears.
Xia Lin had previously defended outspoken artist Ai Weiwei, earthquake researcher Tan Zuoren and top rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang.
Court upholds non-jail sentences for three former student leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement.
Activist Guan Guilin from Hunan's Hengyang city had tried to register as a candidate outside the ruling party.
Residents of Qiqihar throng the streets in anger after plans for the plant are leaked online.
Activists in Hong Kong gather in support of the rebel village, as a former resident complains to the United Nations.
Liao Yiwu's latest work uses a central metaphor of ants, as apparently powerless but ultimately strong agents of resistance against oppression.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong activists make mooncakes with a message, in support of relatives of victims of the 1989 military massacre.
Journalists in the former British colony condemn treatment of colleagues as Chinese media warns of 'foreign forces' at work during protests.
The order comes after news of the gruesome killings of four children by their mother and their parents' subsequent suicide went viral on social media.
The country's rubber-stamp parliament needs to hold genuine elections before allegations of vote-buying make sense, activists say.
Local residents say the situation is too tense to risk venturing out of their homes.
Experts decry government whitewash attempt that follows a sweeping crackdown on lawyers as well as their families.
Dozens of people are detained and an unknown number injured in street battles between residents and riot police.
The threats came after Eddie Chu campaigned against alleged vested interests in a multibillion dollar land deal.
Mao's potential as a symbolic figurehead for the dispossessed remains a source of concern for the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Su Changlan is suffering from a pre-existing medical condition, and is receiving inadequate care in police detention, her lawyers say.
Activists say that Beijing used the G20 summit as an 'excuse' to crack down further on news it doesn't like.
Lin Zuluan is handed a three-year jail term after the resurgence of protests in Wukan over a long-running land dispute.
Protests continue in the face of official warnings, with the whole village under surveillance by camera, residents say.
Liberal Party candidate Ken Chow said the three men made the threats outside the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong authorities.
No talk of independence by Hong Kong lawmakers will be tolerated, China says.
Protesters defy police orders to stop demonstrations, saying they will continue until Lin Zuluan is released.
Yang Tingjian's house is currently under 24-hour surveillance, while his family has received threats following his bid to stand in local elections.
Rights activists hit out at a lack of pressure on human rights amid widespread secret detentions.
The results ensure that opposition lawmakers will still be able to block draconian government measures, although their camp is looking increasingly divided.
The streets are patrolled by riot police and plainclothes security, while closures and mass vacations turn the city into a ghost town, residents say.