The demand for religion in China outpaces state restrictions and repression, Freedom House says.
The island marks the 70th anniversary of an armed crackdown by the Kuomintang (KMT) that left tens of thousands dead in 1947.
Factories are ordered to halt production to clear the skies of smog ahead of the National People's Congress in Beijing.
The move comes as momentum builds for a truth-and-reconciliation style reckoning with the island's dark political past.
Beijing protests after striking workers reportedly smash up a Chinese-invested clothing factory, demanding that those responsible be punished.
The Israeli and German governments both say the comparison made by a speaker at the rally was "inappropriate."
But lawyers and former judicial officials say the footage could be used to further target rights lawyers trying to do their job.
Donald Tsang, nicknamed 'Bow Tie', is handed a 20-month jail term for breach of public trust and faces a further corruption charge later this year.
Demobilized PLA soldiers and officers line up in parade formation outside Communist Party offices over lack of promised jobs and pensions.
There are fears for the health and safety of future generations as experts say China lacks an independent safety regime.
The move comes amid an ever-widening crackdown on women's rights activists by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Commentators say the move is an 'expression of displeasure' rather than evidence of a policy shift in Beijing.
Amnesty International seeks to highlight a worsening climate for freedom of expression in the city.
Police unions say the two-year jail terms were too harsh, but the judge says they 'brought dishonor' to Hong Kong.
The sister of jailed democracy activist Zhu Yufu hits out at a recent attack on her brother by prison guards in his Zhejiang jail.
A rights group says the administration of Xi Jinping expanded its pursuit of nongovernmental groups and civil rights activists in 2016.
Long Zhenyang laid his plans carefully to evade 'tight controls on people leaving' after being sidelined over his faith and support for democracy.
The authorities likely put pressure on his parents to fire his defense team, rights lawyers say.
A Hong Kong court says the officers clearly intended to beat up Ken Tsang during the 2014 Occupy Central protests.
Protesters say the government is lying to them about its intentions and can't be trusted not to allow further pollution of the city.
Kwon Pyong will stand trial on charges of 'incitement to subvert state power' after he wore a satirical T-shirt using the president's name.
The two men are found guilty of 'illegal business operations' linked to the sale of books from the Causeway Bay Books store.
Police say the man set himself alight using a fuel-filled bottle on a subway train during evening rush hour.
The call could put an end to weeks of uncertainty and diplomatic tensions among Beijing, Washington and Taipei.
The wife of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo is 'severely depressed' after being confined at the couple's home since 2010.
Hunan-based Christian Tu Yan denies membership of a banned church, as her family say police want to make an example of her.
Long Zhenyang says he was already being targeted for his support for the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement and for Chinese Christians.
Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kei says security concerns have marred his trip to Taiwan following attacks on former student protest leaders.
A largely pro-Beijing committee will pick the next chief executive for the city, but an online 'referendum' will highlight the public's choices.
Chinese officials are doing all they can to win support for former second-in-command Carrie Lam, who is catching up in the polls.