Protesters called for the event to be canceled, but city officials simply charged organizers a higher rate instead.
Downfall of another Zhou Yongkang ally shows why Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive is still seen as chiefly targeting political rivals.
Liu Xiaobo's wife is being held incommunicado by charges hanging over her brother, while Liu himself is unlikely to get parole.
Rights activists warn that Beijing has little to lose from the death of the city's traditional way of life.
Critics say the opera glorifies a man who was responsible for some of the greatest tragedies in modern Chinese history.
Police are still checking vehicles coming in and out of town, as the majority of businesses re-open.
Chan Pak-yeung is sent to prison for nine months for throwing water bottles at police and resisting arrest.
A pro-Beijing newspaper has published a tirade against the city's chief executive and the head of China's parliament in recent days.
Joshua Wong was met at the airport by police after being added to an immigration "blacklist," reportedly at Beijing's request.
Suffering the same fate as many detained rights lawyers, Lin Bin is incommunicado in spite of claims he was released from detention.
Commentators say the government is aiming for total control of all forms of media and public debate.
Education officials warn that the pursuit of independence for the city is unconstitutional, however.
Rights lawyers say the latest regulations governing their profession will further erode their ability to protect clients.
Top pro-democracy lawmakers say there is nothing to celebrate about the establishment of a dictatorial regime.
Among those held is a group of 12 petitioners from Chongqing, jailed for 'picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.'
Shan Lihua is handed a 27-month prison term after she exposed 'excessive eating' by local officials.
The relatives of detained lawyers say they have been smeared by official media and want to take their campaign to a higher level.
The Occupy Central movement veterans say it may not have achieved its goal, but it did inspire a new generation to enter politics.
Huge resources poured into pandas could be used to improve biodiversity overall, campaigners say.
The brother of a man who opposed the categorization of people into a rigid class says his family still bears the scars of that dissent, 50 years on.
Zhuang Liehong, who has staged protests at the United Nations to call attention to his troubled hometown, says he won't be quiet.
A government report reveals a huge scandal around the approval of new pharmaceuticals for the domestic market.
The new rules seek to legitimize the state's ongoing violation of individuals' right to privacy, a top rights lawyer says.
State media say Zeng Feiyang and his fellow activists were treated leniently as repentant first offenders, but a former lawyer says he was not guilty of any crime.
New rules seek to eradicate any overseas connections and to 'guard against separatism.'
A report from Greenpeace says safety and environmental standards are 'lax' in the world's largest chemicals industry.
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.