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Families of lawyers and rights activists detained by China's Communist authorities exactly a year ago urged authorities to stop harassing them on Saturday, as they repeated calls for the release of their relatives.
 
Overseas lawyers' groups decry China rights crackdown
Overseas bar associations and lawyers' groups Saturday issued an open letter to mainland China leader Xi Jinping criticizing the mainland's detention of lawyers and activists exactly one year after the crackdown was launched.
 
Chinese navy holds live-fire drills in S. China Sea
Mainland Chinese warships, fighter jets and submarines held live-fire war games in the South China Sea, state media reported Saturday, just days ahead of an international tribunal's ruling on a challenge to Beijing's expansive claims in the waters.
 
China crackdown on lawyers exacts toll on families
Unresolved questions have haunted Yuan Shanshan since her husband, the human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi, was taken away a year ago by the police.
 
A fortune teller and close friend of mainland China's disgraced former security czar Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to seven years in prison for bribery and illegal land transfers, a court said Friday.
 
BEIJING - An underground fire at an illegal coal mine in northeast China has left 11 people dead, with one still missing, state media reported Friday.
 
A man dug his dead mother from the ruins of her house in China after it was forcibly demolished, media said Friday, in apparently the country's latest deadly land dispute.
 
At least 35 have been killed in a landslide in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, state media reported Thursday.
 
UN's Ban Ki-moon tells the mainland civil society and free media are crucial
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told mainland China's leaders on Thursday that a flourishing civil society and free media are key to China's development, on one of his last visits to Beijing as U.N. leader.
 
Water levels are starting to recede in central and eastern China Thursday following a week of heavy downpours that broke levees, flooded cities and villages, halted public transportation, and left at least 181 people dead or missing.
 
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