News Cui Jian, whose popularity continues to make China’s authorities uneasy

The artist whose song became a Tiananmen Square anthem falls foul of state sensitivities

Bo Xilai, China's most charismatic politician, makes a bid for power

Speculation mounts that China's Mr Cool may become a contender

All the fun of the National People's Congress

The annual gathering in Beijing's Great Hall of the People is the nearest thing you get to democracy in Communist China. Just don't expect to hear any dissent, reports Clifford Coonan

Earthquake activist sentenced in China

A Chinese court today sentenced an activist who investigated the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in the country's massive 2008 earthquake to five years in jail for inciting subversion of state power, the man's lawyer said.

Clifford Coonan: It's amazing to see how access can be limited

The highly public way in which Google threatened to quit China over the constant intervention of the net nannies who run the Great Firewall of China has been welcomed by China's webizens, but it has also highlighted just how difficult it can be to use the internet in China.

James R. Lilley: CIA operative and US ambassador

James R. Lilley, who died on 19 November aged 81, was a long-standing CIA operative and later the United States ambassador to China during the time of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Snapshots from Mao's comrade in revolution

Clifford Coonan meets the Chairman's loyal photographer 60 years after she captured history

British energy firm in the dock over Amazon project

Exploration of remote Peruvian region could spell disaster for hitherto uncontacted tribespeople

China struggles to end tide of ethnic violence

Uighur women protest about seizure of husbands by police

Leading article: The repressive reality behind China's modern mask

The massacre in Urumqi demonstrates how little has changed

Catherine Naylor: Growing up with Michael Jackson's world

It was 1989. Hair flying everywhere, our brown lace-ups scuffed and knee-length socks falling down our shins, we stood together on the hot bitumen, ignoring the boys’ bulrush games as one by one, we tried to make our nine-year-old legs do the moonwalk.

Neda – the tragic face of Iran's uprising

Joan of Arc she was not, nor the Unknown Protester who stopped the tanks in Tiananmen Square, because that young man, 20 years ago, chose his fate and his prominence, deliberately stepping out of the crowd into the tank's and the cameras' sights.

Images of 'Amazon's Tiananmen'

Peru accused of cover-up after indigenous protest ends in death at Devil's Bend

Peru's premier quits after protests end in bloodshed

The Prime Minister of Peru has announced he will resign, following weeks of turmoil in which scores of police and protesters have been killed in clashes over threats to the land rights of Amazon Indians.

Adrian Hamilton: Power in Iran - a labyrinthine system

The regime in Iran is now desperately – and so far uncertainly – playing for time while it tries to work out just what is happening in the country and the forces that are now engulfing it. The Council of Guardians has agreed to a recount of the disputed results. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was seen off for the day to a summit in Russia. Talks have been opened up with the main opposition leaders. The foreign press has been effectively confined to barracks. The authorities have warned against demonstrations but appear to have held back from trying to suppress them by force.

The jungle massacre: Peru's tribal chief flees country

Amazon leader seeks refuge at Nicaraguan embassy after followers killed in clashes over oil and logging laws
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