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The mainland Chinese authorities have released the pastor of the country's largest Protestant mega-church after he was detained for more than two months following protests against the mainland's removal of crosses from churches, a church worker said Friday.
 
Mainland China on Friday sentenced an activist who supported pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong to four and a half years in jail, his lawyer told AFP as mainland leader Xi Jinping oversees a wide-ranging crackdown on civil society and free expression.
 
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK had the "obligation and right" to safeguard Hong Kong's autonomy Friday as he visited the city where fears are growing that Beijing's grip is tightening.
 
List of the prominent China families named  in the Panama Papers
The "Panama Papers" document leak reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists names family members of eight present or past members of mainland China's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, including the brother-in-law of president and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping and a distant relative of the founder of the communist state, Mao Zedong.
 
China Politburo members named in 'Panama Papers' scandal
Nearly a third of the business of the law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal came from its offices in Hong Kong and mainland China, reports said Thursday, with the Asian giant assailed by corruption and capital flight.
 
China largest market for Panama Papers law firm: ICIJ
Nearly a third of the business of the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal came from its offices in Hong Kong and China, reports said Thursday, with the Asian giant assailed by corruption and capital flight.
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I'll stand up to 'cheating China': Clinton
A day after losing Wisconsin, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton unleashed a blistering critique of mainland China while campaigning Wednesday in blue-collar Pennsylvania, warning the Asian giant must "toe the line" if she becomes president.
 
The choking, assault and attempted kidnapping of a Chinese woman at a Beijing hotel in full view of security cameras and multiple passers-by has sparked a social media firestorm, with more than 2 billion views.
 
The mainland Chinese authorities have detained the head of a group of finance companies accused of defrauding more than 100,000 investors, as he sought to board a private plane allegedly hired to take him to Europe for his wedding, media reports and police said.
 
Sri Lankans protest China-funded 'port city'
Hundreds of people, including priests, environmental activists and fishermen, protested in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday, demanding the government halt a US$1.5 billion Chinese-funded port city project.
 
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