Lei Zhengfu is sentenced for accepting bribes, while those who blackmailed him get shorter sentences.
Police warn lawyer over his request for information about Chinese surveillance programs.
Farmers complain there is little to protect their crops from mining pollution.
Harbin-based Yu Yunfeng served two years' 're-education through labor' for 'opposing the Party.'
Rights groups have hit out at the dialogues, saying Beijing should talk directly to its own critics.
Poor regulation is threatening the safety of traditional herbal products in a multibillion-dollar global market.
Lawyers are sent away after trying to meet with a dissident author and his wife at a local detention center.
China's interest lies in taking the moral high ground after being accused of cyberespionage, analysts say.
Netizens take issue with official media reports after the death of a newly-wed journalist who exposed a toxic waste spill.
Residents say police confiscated more than 100 bikes on Friday alone.
Two defense lawyers are refused permission to enter the court to defend their clients.
Four provinces have reportedly switched over to provide drug rehabilitation services.
It joins Russia and Uzbekistan in fresh U.S. trafficking blacklist
They say they haven't seen Chen Jiamin since she was taken away by officials as a baby.
The family is demanding an investigation into political persecution by Shandong officials.
Activists say the groups are an attempt by a disempowered people to protect themselves against a corrupt government.
The blind Chinese dissident and his family must leave their university accommodation by the end of the month.
State media says his extradition would 'disappoint' the international community.
But his academic mentor says reports of political pressure from Beijing are 'distorted.'
The activist's death mirrors the 'suicide' of veteran labor activist Li Wangyang a year earlier.
Chinese who travel overseas in tour groups are fearful in their new environment, tour guides say.
Students must report to school weekly during the summer vacation, which coincides with the Muslim holy month.
He is accused of 'plotting a coup' against the government of Mongolia.
Villagers say local mining operations are causing the ground to collapse, damaging roads and property.
Children are among those allegedly targeted during a stand-off with riot police.
The former New York Times photographer filmed women who suffered abuse as labor camp inmates.
Authorities fine two unofficial Protestant groups for 'illegal assembly.'
His lawyer says the court flouted legal process and the rules of evidence in handling the case.
The furor over a US whistleblower weakens complaints about cyber-attacks by China-based hackers.
The pressure comes as Obama and Xi prepare to meet in California.