Bao Zhuoxuan, a middle school student who was caught earlier this month after escaping to Myanmar, is the son of a prominent lawyer detained in July. US officials say his case is part of a 'systematic campaign' of abuse.
President Thein Sein signed a cease-fire this week with eight rebel groups ahead of a Nov. 8 national election for parliament. But in northern Kachin state, rebels refused to sign and fighting continues.
Indonesian authorities are scrambling to respond after fires spewed haze across the country and blanketed parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Monsoon rains are due to arrive in the next month.
Johannes Chan, the former dean of the university's law school, had been picked as its next vice chancellor. A university council rejected his candidacy on Tuesday in what critics say is a blow to academic freedom.
A US envoy was blocked last month from meeting activists and lawyers in Zhejiang province, where a crackdown on Christian churches is continuing. Some church leaders are resisting the removal of crosses.
Ahead of a state visit to Washington, D.C., China's leader exchanged sporting gifts with high school students in Washington State. 'Ping-pong balls are much smaller than the American footballs' but have big implications, he said.