Fergal McCarthy, wife Christine and son Dash with their Kombivan Applejack in Kilcunda

Cursing loudly and repeatedly at the mercurial gear stick of a hired VW Kombi van was perhaps not the dream start I had imagined to our retro Austral(...)

President Xi Jinping at the closing ceremony of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference  in Beijing: the open article published online called for his resignation. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

An outspoken Chinese journalist has apparently gone missing as he was about to fly to Hong Kong, and activists suspect a connection between his disapp(...)

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(...)