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Wife of jailed China Nobel laureate had heart attack

The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo suffered a heart attack two months ago and has been diagnosed with depression after years of house arrest, a rights group said Tuesday. Liu Xia, 53, has not been charged with any crime but has been held under house arrest since 2010, when her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while serving an 11-year jail sentence for subversion.

China jails man for planning Tiananmen protest

A Chinese court on Monday jailed for 18 months a man who applied to hold a protest on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings, his lawyer said. Gu Yimin was found guilty of "inciting state subversion" for posting pictures of the 1989 crackdown online and applying for permission to stage a protest on its anniversary last year, his lawyer Liu Weiguo said.

Wife of jailed Chinese Nobel winner in hospital

Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has been admitted to hospital in Beijing with heart problems, a family friend said Thursday. Liu, who has been under house arrest since 2010 but has not been charged with any crime, was admitted on Tuesday, Mo Shaoping, a human rights lawyer and close friend, told AFP. The move came less than two weeks after she was admitted to a different Beijing hospital only to be abruptly told to leave, he said.

Wife of Chinese Nobel peace laureate hospitalized

Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, was admitted to hospital for a lingering heart ailment Sunday but her condition has not been revealed under a deal her family made with the Chinese authorities, her two lawyers said Thursday. Shang Baojun confirmed that Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest without trial for more than three years, is being hospitalized but he believes her confinement will resume once she is discharged.

Jailed Chinese Nobel winner's wife hospitalised

Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has been hospitalised in Beijing after experiencing heart problems, a family friend told AFP Thursday. Liu, who has been under house arrest since 2010 but has not been charged with any crime, was hospitalised on Tuesday, Mo Shaoping, a human rights lawyer and close friend, told AFP. The move came less than two weeks after she was admitted to a different Beijing hospital only to be abruptly told to leave, he said.

H.K. activists urge China to free wife of Nobel peace laureate

Hong Kong activists staged a head-shaving protest Friday to urge Beijing to end the "illegal" house arrest of Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, and to release all political dissidents. Nine people including Lee Cheuk-yan, head of the organizer of the annual memorials for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, and Ching Cheong, a journalist who was imprisoned in China after being convicted of espionage, shaved their heads to show support for Liu Xia.

China allows visit by jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo's wife: rights group

Chinese authorities allowed the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo, a university lecturer and literary critic who was imprisoned for subversion in 2009, to visit him last week, though she herself remains under house arrest, a Hong Kong-based human rights watchdog said Thursday. Liu Xia visited her husband on Jan. 30, the eve of Chinese New Year, at Jinzhou prison in northeast China's Liaoning Province, according to the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, citing information from her elder brother Liu Tong.

Outspoken China scholar leaves country unimpeded

An outspoken Chinese scholar has arrived in the United States, he told AFP, after his university sacked him over what he argued were his political views. Economist Xia Yeliang was an early signatory of Charter 08, a high-profile document calling for democracy in China backed by hundreds of intellectuals, dissidents and journalists. He was fired last October from the prestigious Peking University after a 13-year tenure for what he said were his political stances but the university attributed the dismissal to poor teaching.

Leading China activist to be sentenced on Sunday as others go on trial

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Beijing court will sentence prominent Chinese rights activist Xu Zhiyong on Sunday in the highest-profile dissident trial since 2009, as authorities target rights defenders nationwide with another activist standing trial in Guangzhou. Xu's lawyer, Zhang Qingfang, said he'd been notified in writing by authorities as early as Wednesday when Xu's trial kicked off, that he would be sentenced on Sunday in one of the most closely-watched dissident cases in years.

China Nobel winner's wife in rare video appearance

Rare video footage of Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, reading two self-written poems under house arrest was posted online Wednesday. Chinese authorities have not charged Liu Xia with any crime but have restricted her to her home in Beijing since 2010 when her husband -- an outspoken advocate of democratic reform -- was awarded the Nobel peace prize, following his jailing.
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