Nobel widow’s release is short-lived human rights triumph
BEIJING (AP) — The release of the Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo's widow from eight years of house arrest this week brought some comfort to China's activists. But the rare triumph for human rights in China was short-lived: Her brother was forced to stay behind, ensuring Liu Xia stayed silent on the one-year anniversary of her husband's death Friday.
China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years’ prison
BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday sentenced a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on vaguely defined subversion charges, one day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate after eight years of house arrest.
Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest
BERLIN (AP) — In the fall of 2010, Liu Xia traveled to a prison in northeast China to tell her husband, dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo, that he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That was the last time she left home as a free woman. Until now.
China allowed her to leave the country Tuesday, ending an eight-year house arrest that made the soft-spoken, chain-smoking 57-year-old poet with a shaven head a tragic icon known around the world.
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the release of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's widow, Liu Xia, from house arrest (all times local):
The United States is welcoming the release of poet Liu Xia after eight years under house arrest but voicing concern for her brother who remains in Beijing.
Liu Xia, the widow of the late Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, arrived in Germany on Tuesday.
GENEVA (AP) — A group of U.N. human rights experts are expressing concerns about the health of the widow of late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying the Chinese government should let her seek treatment wherever she wishes.
The independent experts commissioned by the U.N.'s Human Rights Council reiterated their call to Chinese authorities to indicate where Liu Xia is being held, and to release her.
HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong stopped about 20 pro-democracy protesters from getting near a flag-raising ceremony Sunday marking the anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China.
The protesters carried a coffin symbolizing a death of democracy and chanted slogans against one-party rule in China, demands for universal suffrage in Hong Kong and mainland China and freedom for Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged China to disclose the details of people killed, detained or missing during the Chinese military's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square 29 years ago.
Pompeo marked Monday's anniversary of the suppression of demonstrations on June 4, 1989, saying: "We remember the tragic loss of innocent lives."
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday rejected an appeal from dozens of writers and artists for the release from house arrest of the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that Liu Xia's right to travel was an issue for the Chinese government alone to determine.
Germany says Liu Xiaobo’s widow is welcome ‘at any time’
BEIJING (AP) — Germany said Thursday it would welcome the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo after a recording was released of her crying in desperation and indicating she has given up hope of being able to leave China.
"If I can't leave, I'll die in my home," Liu Xia said during a recent phone call with her close friend Liao Yiwu, a writer who documented their conversation in an essay published Wednesday.
Liu Xiaobo’s widow in rare video amid fears for her safety
BEIJING (AP) — A video has surfaced online showing the wife of Liu Xiaobo for the first time since the funeral of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who died in Chinese custody last month.
The video shows Liu's widow, Liu Xia, saying in a hoarse voice that she hopes her friends will give her space to grieve.
Hong Kong activist arrested over allegation of stapled legs
HONG KONG (AP) — The strange case of a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who claimed mainland Chinese agents stapled his legs as a warning has taken another twist after police arrested him Tuesday on suspicion of providing false information.
Howard Lam made waves last week with his eye-catching allegations, which rekindled fears about Beijing interfering in Hong Kong despite promising it considerable autonomy since the 1997 handover from Britain. But police said his story didn't check out.
Hong Kong activist says Chinese tortured him for Messi photo
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist said Friday he was briefly abducted and tortured by suspected mainland Chinese security agents who stapled his legs as a warning against sending a signed photo of soccer star Lionel Messi to a dissident's widow.
The strange case follows a string of other incidents that have stoked fears among Hong Kong residents that Beijing is encroaching on the former British colony's wide autonomy and civil liberties that are unknown on the mainland.
UN rights chief says China must allow Liu Xia to move freely
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Thursday he intends to keep pressuring China to allow the wife of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to move freely and leave the country if she wants to go elsewhere.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told a group of reporters Thursday that he intends to meet with Chinese officials when he returns to Geneva to stress the appeal he made after Liu died of liver cancer on July 27 for the lifting of restrictions on Liu Xia's movements.
Liu Xiaobo supporters mark his death amid concerns for widow
BEIJING (AP) — From a waterfront concert in a Hong Kong park to a quiet candlelit prayer in a Melbourne alley, Liu Xiaobo's supporters around the world gathered Wednesday to mark the traditional Chinese observance of the seventh day after the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate's death.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died at the age of 61 after a battle with liver cancer. The declining health of China's most prominent political prisoner had become the subject of international attention, with supporters and several foreign governments calling for him to be freed on humanitarian grounds. Chinese authorities have largely squelched any attempts to publicly voice support for Liu, whose name is a banned search term on Chinese social media sites and news search engines.
Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Cremated in Shenyang
Family scatters Chinese Nobel laureate’s ashes into the sea
SHENYANG, China (AP) — Family members of Liu Xiaobo scattered the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's ashes into the sea on Saturday in funeral proceedings closely orchestrated by the Chinese government following his death from cancer while in custody.
Liu's supporters said the move was intended by the authoritarian government to permanently erase any traces of China's best-known political prisoner, who died Thursday at the age of 61.
China cremates body of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo
SHENYANG, China (AP) — China cremated the body of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of Beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished.
The government of the city of Shenyang in northeastern China, where Liu had been treated for advanced liver cancer, said in a briefing that the cremation took place early Saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family, including his wife.
SHENYANG, China (AP) — The Latest on the death of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo (all times local):
China says the body of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer, has been cremated.
The government of the city of Shenyang in northeastern China, where Liu was treated ,said in a briefing that the cremation took place Saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family and friends.
Human Rights Watch Reacts to Liu Hospital Video
Lawmakers say world owes debt of gratitude to Liu Xiaobo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Liu Xiaobo is a catastrophic loss for China and the entire world, and his contributions to human rights should never be forgotten, members of Congress said during a hearing Friday that turned into a memorial for China's most prominent political prisoner.
China, N. Korea: 2 repressive systems, 2 prisoners, 2 deaths
TOKYO (AP) — Two prisoners locked away by two repressive systems, their conditions largely unknown. When the news did come, it was sudden and bad.
Image of Asia: Mourning Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong
In this photo by Associated Press photographer Kin Cheung, flowers and messages of condolence are left for Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo at the Beijing government office in Hong Kong.
Kin said groups of mourners, some in tears, came to the site as less than 10 police officers stood guard nearby.
Milestones in China’s pro-democracy movement
The career of writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo intersected often with China's pro-democracy movement. He considered the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests a turning point of his life and his death provoked grief and dismay from fellow activists, who vowed to not let his influence wane. A look at the milestones in the Chinese democracy movement and Liu's involvement.
BEIJING (AP) — Liu Xiaobo, who died Thursday of liver cancer, was a prolific writer of essays, literary criticism and poetry, whose political activism was the basis of four prison terms in China and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. A selection of Liu's writings and comments from the Nobel Committee and Chinese authorities.
"I HAVE NO ENEMIES: MY FINAL STATEMENT," read in Liu's absence at his Nobel award ceremony:
SHENYANG, China (AP) — The Latest on the death of imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died Thursday night in the northeastern city of Shenyang following a battle with liver cancer (all times local):
A Chinese Communist Party newspaper says the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was a pawn of Western public opinion whose legacy would soon fade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — World leaders and human rights advocates expressed sorrow and anger Thursday over the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in police custody while being treated for advanced liver cancer in prison.
Friends Mourn Death of Liu Xiaobo
Political prisoner, Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61
SHENYANG, China (AP) — Imprisoned for all the seven years since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo never renounced the pursuit of human rights in China, insisting on living a life of "honesty, responsibility and dignity." China's most prominent political prisoner died Thursday of liver cancer at 61.
Chinese Activist And Nobel Laureate Dies
Milestones in China’s pro-democracy movement
The career of Liu Xiaobo, China's most prominent political prisoner who died Thursday, intersected various times with the country's pro-democracy movement until his final imprisonment in 2008.
Liu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was a lecturer, writer and literary critic.
Below is a look at milestones in the drive for greater Chinese political freedom, openness and accountability beginning with the 1978 democracy movement up to the present day, along with Liu's role.
Friends of China Nobel laureate risk safety to show support
SHENYANG, China (AP) — Friends of China's ailing and imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo have made their way to his hospital at the risk of being detained by the authorities, saying they want to show their support in what could be his final moments.
SHENYANG, China (AP) — The Latest on the medical condition of China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo (all times local):
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U.S. officials want Chinese authorities to allow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his family the freedom to choose his medical care.
The hospital in Shenyang, China, that has been treating Liu for advanced liver cancer said Wednesday he was in life-threatening condition from multiple organ failure.
Hospital: Jailed Nobel laureate’s condition life threatening
SHENYANG, China (AP) — Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's condition is life threatening with multiple organ failure and his family has opted against inserting a breathing tube needed to keep him alive, the hospital treating him said.
Liu, who has advanced liver cancer, is suffering from respiratory and renal failure as well as septic shock, the First Hospital of China Medical University said on its website Wednesday.
China controls information about ailing Nobel Prize laureate
BEIJING (AP) — As China's government faces mounting international pressure to grant imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo his wish to leave the country for treatment of advanced liver cancer, it's fighting back with a familiar strategy: information control.
Kristof: Liu Xiaobo has suffered so others may be free
Hospital: Ailing China Nobel laureate in critical condition
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese doctors were working to treat critically ill Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, as the government hardened its position against growing pleas to allow China's best-known political prisoner to leave for treatment overseas.
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China's best-known political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who doctors say is in critical condition with liver cancer (all times local):
Dozens of people are staging a sit-in protest in Hong Kong urging China to allow ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to be treated for late-stage liver cancer overseas.
The activists waved banners and chanted slogans as they marched Monday to the Chinese government's representative office.
Foreign doctors deem ill Chinese Nobel laureate OK to travel
BEIJING (AP) — Two foreign specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said Sunday that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate can safely travel abroad for treatment, apparently contradicting statements by Chinese experts who say a medical evacuation would be unsafe for China's best-known political prisoner.
Foreign experts see Chinese Nobel laureate; prognosis grim
BEIJING (AP) — American and German specialists saw imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo on Saturday and confirmed that he is in the final stages of terminal liver cancer, the hospital treating him said.
China allowed the two doctors to travel to the northeastern city of Shenyang to see the country's most prominent political prisoner following international criticism of Beijing's handling of Liu's illness and calls for him to be treated abroad.
China’s ailing Nobel laureate’s brothers visit; fears mount
BEIJING (AP) — China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's two brothers were being allowed to travel to a northeastern city to visit him in a hospital Saturday, a friend and a former lawyer said, as concerns mounted over his deteriorating health.
Hospital suspends cancer drug use on China’s Nobel laureate
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese medical team charged with treating imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver, raising concerns that China's most prominent political prisoner is critically ill.
BEIJING (AP) — Veteran Chinese labor activist Liu Xiaoming has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison on the charge of inciting subversion of state power after he published his personal account of the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups reported Friday.
Hospital: Chinese Nobel Peace laureate’s health worsens
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's health is further deteriorating as his liver function worsens and abdominal fluid accumulates, a friend and the hospital that is treating him said, adding to concerns about the long-term prognosis for the country's best-known political prisoner.
China invites foreign experts to treat Nobel laureate Liu
BEIJING (AP) — China has agreed to allow liver cancer experts from the U.S., Germany and other countries to join a medical team treating imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, amid international criticism of Beijing's handling of his case and calls for him to be allowed to be treated abroad.
Doubts arise over Chinese Nobel winner’s inability to travel
BEIJING (AP) — A friend of imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo doubts the government's claims that the ailing dissident is too sick to leave the country, in part because of a video in which Liu is described as being in "acceptable" condition.
China defends prison care of ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu
BEIJING (AP) — In the midst of a growing outcry, China appears to be responding to criticism that prison authorities failed to provide sufficient care to ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that he received regular health checks but nothing abnormal was detected until May.
US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad
BEIJING (AP) — The new U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Wednesday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo should be allowed to receive treatment outside China after being diagnosed with cancer while in prison for advocating democratic reforms.
China should allow 61-year-old Liu to seek treatment elsewhere "if it would be of help," Ambassador Terry Branstad told reporters in his first public appearance since arriving in Beijing this week.
US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad
BEIJING (AP) — The new U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Wednesday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo should be allowed to receive treatment outside China after he was diagnosed with cancer while in prison for advocating democratic reforms.
China should allow 61-year-old Liu to seek treatment elsewhere "if it would be of help," Ambassador Terry Branstad told reporters at his first public appearance since arriving in Beijing this week.