'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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China will stop handing down labor camp sentences this year under a system that allowed police to lock up government critics and other defendants for up to four years without trial, the country's top law enforcement official said Monday.
Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's design firm on Wednesday challenged the $1.85 million tax bill delivered by authorities shortly after Mr. Ai was released from nearly three months in detention, a lawyer for the company said.
Police apologized to journalists at a hard-driving Chinese news magazine Tuesday after officers earlier tried to pressure them into revealing sources for an article about the detention of people seeking government redress over various grievances.
Dozens of blogs by some of China's most outspoken users have been abruptly shut down while popular Twitter-like services appear to be the newest target in government efforts to control social networking.