Mao himself signed a declaration in favor of his own cremation, a historian and a lawyer argue.
State media hits out at Malaysia while airline phone numbers ring unanswered.
Malaysia Airlines says 153 of the 227 passengers on flight MH370 were Chinese.
Journalists say people aren't getting answers to key questions about the attacks through state media.
Parliament is asked to end the annual review process which allegedly targets rights lawyers.
Commentators say Beijing is unlikely to relax its hold on the nomination process for election candidates.
Many areas of the premier's traditional portfolio are being taken over by a power-hungry president, observers say.
Eyewitnesses say evidence of her protest was quickly cleared from the scene.
A newspaper backed by the ruling Chinese Communist Party names Zhou Yongkang for the first time.
A prominent website founder is jailed after he vowed to keep posting articles online during the parliament meeting.
The first year of Xi Jinping's presidency was a 'nightmare' for government critics, a rights group says.
Beijing could adopt an even harder line, spurred by public grief and outrage at the killing of innocent people, analysts say.
Beijing blames 'separatist forces' in Xinjiang for the attack.