China is leading a 19-nation boycott of Friday's ceremony awarding jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize. It says calls to free Liu amount to meddling in its internal affairs.
A protester wears a skull mask during a demonstration to mark International Human Rights Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday.
Chinese intellectuals like Prof. Hu Xingdou relish their widening freedom to publish their opinions. But many topics remain taboo, and offenders are still subject to "reeducation through labor."
A statistical snapshot of black progress in areas from education to home ownership.