Police swoop after the protest moves from a government ministry to a busy shopping district.
The system is already overloaded with complaints that have remained unresolved.
The majority of such arrests are in areas where ethnic minority unrest is widely reported.
The dispute over islands in the East China Sea could be getting dangerous, experts say.
The choir is going ahead with rehearsals as police detain a key soloist on her way to Beijing.
Villagers fear the landfill and sorting site will pollute water sources and farmland.
Local residents demand an explanation for why they weren't evacuated when the pipeline first sprang a leak.
A veteran dissident speaks of how he came to be convinced cannibalism occurred on a large scale.
A Chinese lawyer says the international court system protects humanity against abuse.
The use of "freezing, hunger, scorching and fatigue" during police interrogations must be eliminated, the order says.
Local residents near the southwestern Chinese mine have to drive far into the mountains to get clean water to drink.
Riot police beat up those carrying banners or leading slogan-chanting, workers say.
Lawyers sign a fresh petition warning the public that the fight against abuses of state power isn't over.
Survivors and activists hit out at lax attitudes to safety.
China has run the system for more than five decades.
Friends say his wife Liu Xia's mental health is worsening.
Sweeping changes are made at a top Communist Party meeting.
Analysts say high-level corruption is symptomatic of a system that lacks media freedom.
Chinese police beat one of the herders' relatives unconscious amid scuffles at the courtroom.
A rights group says the law has done little to end politically motivated committals to mental hospitals.
The Chinese villagers say half of their homes have now been razed, before any compensation is in place.
Rhetoric has turned anti-Japanese during the strike, although the workers blame the government for blocking a resolution.
Farmers whose land is taken over for development are often sent to live in high-rises and given no retraining.
Eyewitnesses say she died after being hit by a car driven by a drunken parliamentary deputy.
Analysts say the committee would likely herald greater controls on activism.
The party has been set up by a vocal supporter of jailed Chinese politician Bo Xilai.
Students abroad have parents whose fortunes are linked to that of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Authorities step up measures to tracking down property abroad bought with taxpayers' money.
State media's coverage of the explosions is in marked contrast to last week's Tiananmen jeep crash.
The mother and brother of Chen Guangcheng arrive in New York to visit the activist and legal scholar.