Qilong Chen (29) and his wife Xia Chen (27), of Patrick’s Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare each pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting their premises at Alderpark Court, Tallaght, Dublin to be used for prostitution. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A married couple from Co Kildare who allowed their rented home to be used as a brothel have been spared jail after a judge suspended their sentences.D(...)

Journalist Chen Yongzhou gives his confession in a detention room at the Changsha Public Security Bureau detention centre in Changsha City, Hunan Province. Mr Chen’s lengthy explanation of how he invented negative stories about the Changsha-based firm is the latest in a series of televised confessions by suspects in high-profile or politicised cases.   Photograph: China Central Television/Reuters TV

A Chinese financial reporter detained on suspicion of harming a business’ reputation confessed on state television today that he was fed untrue inf(...)

Chen Guangcheng, whose position at Columbia University in New York was not renewed  after a year. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Chen Guangcheng, the “barefoot lawyer” who fled house arrest in China before moving to the United States, is to join three organisations, including a (...)

An anti-government protester stands in front of artillery tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989, at the height of the pro-democracy protests. Chen Xitong was mayor of Beijing at the time of the crackdown, and was subsequently promoted to Beijing party secretary and made a Politburo member. Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Widener

There was bitter poetry in the timing of the death of disgraced former mayor of Beijing, Chen Xitong, after reports of his death began to emerge ju(...)