China’s president Xi Jinping: his government has taken a hard line on human rights and dissent. Photograph: Joseph Nair/EPA

Torture and forced confessions are still common in China despite judicial reforms, and lawyers who complain about abuse are often detained, Amnesty I(...)

President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on dissent: activists were picked up  amid fears they were planning a campaign against sexual harrassment. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Concern is growing over the health of one of the five feminist activists detained in China this month, with reports that Wu Rongrong has had her medic(...)

Guo Bin (6) is pushed on a wheelchair by a doctor and a nurse at a hospital in Taiyuan, in northern China’s Shanxi province. Photograph: AP

A woman who reportedly gouged out six-year-old Guo Bin’s eyes in a case that has horrified China was the youngster’s aunt, police in Shanxi province b(...)

Investigators examine the landing gear of Asiana Airlines flight 214. Photograph: NTSB/Getty Images

The Asiana Airlines aircraft that crashed on Saturday at San Francisco airport was travelling at 103 knots just seconds before it hit the seawall in (...)