Liu is being kept closely confined amid fears his release could cast a political shadow over a ruling Chinese Communist Party congress later this year.
A leading voice actor and translator is detained, and his mother issues a video plea for the Kazakh president to intervene with Beijing.
Residents of Ningxiang county take to the streets in protest at flood damage to their homes and businesses.
Fellow rights lawyers say the entire family is being watched around the clock, and is 'not free,' including a high-schooler not implicated in any crime.
Customers say they are no longer able to circumvent China's complex network of blocks, filters and human censorship using a popular VPN service.
People 'washed away,' others run for their lives when floodwaters engulf a township in the central province of Hunan.
Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo's communications with the outside world are being carefully controlled by Chinese officials, sources close to the family said.
President Xi marks 20 years of Chinese rule amid widespread public anger at the erosion of freedoms and calls for the release of ailing political prisoner Liu Xiaobo.