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The jailing of three young protesters by Hong Kong’s appeal court last week brought tens of thousands of demonstrators on to the streets, recalling th(...)

This photo illustration shows Facebook’s Colorful Balloons app (left) next to its Moments app (right) at an office in Beijing on August 15, 2017. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

A photo-sharing app has appeared on Apple’s App Store in China that looks exactly like Facebook’s Moments app, and analysts say it may be a way for th(...)

Aerial view of the Ren family posing for a photo in Shishe Village, Zhejiang Province of China. Photograph: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

More than 500 members of a single Chinese family have convened for a gigantic group portrait that captures the dramatic transformations their country (...)

Devlet Temori: says the Uzbek community in Istanbul is not involved with Isis. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Abdulkadir Masharipov, who shot dead 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub in the early hours of January 1st, is still on the run. The fugitive, who repo(...)

Imprisoned Chinese activist Ilham Tohti pictured before a classroom lecture in Beijing in 2010. He has won the 2016 Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Imprisoned Chinese activist Ilham Tohti, who was jailed two years ago for campaigning for the rights of Uighurs in restive Xinjiang province, has won (...)

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (centre) stands next to recently-elected lawmaker Nathan Law  as he holds up his expulsion order from Thai authorities  upon his arrival  in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Joshua Wong, the teenage Hong Kong student leader who helped organise the 79-day Occupy Central protests in 2014, was deported from Thailand on Wednes(...)

The video, which goes  under the banner “Lovely girl from Gansu reciting the Koran”, prompted the education ministry in Gansu province, home to 1.6 million Muslims, to reiterate a ban on religious activities in schools. Photograph: Weibo still

It’s the kind of cute kid video guaranteed to go viral in China – a little girl in kindergarten reciting verse while her classmates look on admiringl(...)

China’s premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with a delegate  during a group discussion at the National People’s Congress in Beijing. The premier said China must do everything possible to promote employment in the province of  Xinjiang. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said development was the key to ensuring stability in the rebellious western province of Xinjiang and urged more employmen(...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Ursula Gauthier, a correspondent from the French news magazine L’Obs, will fly to Paris on December 31st after the Chinese government refused to renew(...)

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