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Falun Gong lawyers 'incited illegal activities': China media

Chinese state media lashed out Wednesday at four rights lawyers detained for investigating the treatment of practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, saying the quartet "incited illegal activities". The four rights lawyers and "an unknown number of citizens" were held by authorities two weeks ago in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang province, according to US-based Human Rights in China. The group said they had demanded the release of family members from an alleged "black jail" -- a euphemism for illegal detention centres run by local governments.

Detained China activist dies after critical illness

A Chinese human rights activist died on Friday after falling critically ill in detention after police denied her medical treatment for months, her brother said. London-based rights group Amnesty International condemned Chinese authorities over the death of Cao Shunli, 52, saying they had "blood on their hands". "Her body was weak, she was sent to the hospital too late," Cao's brother Cao Yunli told AFP. "The police are responsible."

Detained China activist dies after critical illness

A Chinese human rights activist died on Friday after falling critically ill in detention after police denied her medical treatment for months, her brother said. London-based rights group Amnesty International condemned Chinese authorities over the death of Cao Shunli, 52, saying they had "blood on their hands". "Her body was weak, she was sent to the hospital too late," Cao's brother Cao Yunli told AFP. "The police are responsible."

Detained China activist dies after critical illness

A Chinese human rights activist died on Friday after falling critically ill in detention after police denied her medical treatment for months, her brother said. "Her body was weak, she was sent to the hospital too late," Cao's brother Cao Yunli told AFP. "The police are responsible." London-based rights group Amnesty International condemned Chinese authorities over the death of the 52-year-old, saying they had "blood on their hands."

China censors may have caused huge Internet outage

China's Internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong -- a fiasco a cyber-monitoring group Wednesday blamed on the country's own censors. Web users in the country -- which tightly restricts Internet access -- had trouble accessing numerous sites for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon, said Greatfire.org, which tracks the vast Chinese online censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall.

Fire kills dozens in Russian psychiatric hospital

By Alexei Anishchuk RAMENSKY, Russia (Reuters) - Thirty-eight people were killed, most of them in their beds, in a fire that raged through a psychiatric hospital near Moscow on Friday, raising questions about the care of mentally ill patients in Russia. The fire, which broke out at around 2 a.m. (2300 BST on Thursday), swept through a single-storey building at the hospital, a collection of wood and brick huts with bars on some windows that was home to people sent there on grounds of mental illness by Russian courts.
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