File photograph of Peter Dahlin, a human rights worker from Sweden, in Beijing in April 2014. Photograph: Jonah Kessel/The New York Times

China has released and expelled the Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin who was detained on subversion charges earlier this month as part of a br(...)

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei:   Lego has dropped restrictions on bulk orders of its toy bricks after facing a storm of criticism for refusing to sell thousands of them to Ai. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei published photographs of himself with Lego hanging off his moustache and beard on Wednesday, celebrating the toymak(...)

Police push away journalists and supporters of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang near the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court  on Monday. Photograph: Fred DufourAFP/Getty Images

There were scuffles, and diplomats and journalists were shoved, after the three-hour trial of Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most high-profile human righ(...)

Chinese police push away journalists and supporters of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang demonstrating near the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/GettyImages.

The trial of one of China’s most high profile human rights lawyers, on charges of inciting ethnic hatred and provoking trouble, lasted just three hour(...)

Pu Zhiqiang (centre), whose clients have included  artist Ai Weiwei, has already been detained for 19 months. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s best-known human rights lawyers, goes on trial today on charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and prov(...)

The US ambassador to China Max Baucus: “We remain concerned over the crackdown on human rights lawyers and others who seek peacefully to contribute their views to the public discourse on the future of China.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In a week that has seen focus on China’s human rights record, the US ambassador to Beijing has urged the government to end its crackdown on rights la(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden(...)

FIVE PREHISTORIC SITES IN BRITAIN   The recent discovery of a “superhenge” of nearly 100 standing stones near Stonehenge has left arch(...)

 Sunday Morning: In Berlin-Mitte, at Sammlung Boros, see a stunning private collection of art housed in a former Nazi bunker. Photograph: Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times

There are few cities that transform themselves as profoundly from season to season as Berlin. The purgatorial winter, with its lightless days and f(...)

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei his  son Ai Lao at Munich airport: the activist has said  that his homeland must become a democratic society. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has warned that his homeland will “explode” unless the communist regime allows managed transition to democracy. (...)