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29 January 2015 Last updated at 12:01 ET

The case against Pu ZhiqiangPu Zhiqiang (C), the lawyer for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, talks to the media at the artist's studio in Beijing on November 14, 2011.

The BBC's Celia Hatton on Pu Zhiqiang, a human rights lawyer who defended free speech, and the 28 messages the Chinese government may use to jail him.

Jack MaChina tech giant in spat with state

China's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, is involved in a harshly worded spat with one of the country's regulators in a highly unusual public clash.

Still image purported to show Kenji GotoChina media: Japan's IS hostage crisis

Spotlight on Japan's efforts to free its citizen Kenji Goto, being held by Islamic State militants.

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