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China “black jails” prompt fears of wider security crackdown

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s campaign to stifle dissenters like artist Ai Weiwei through secret detentions could come cloaked in a thicker veneer of legality if proposed crime law changes go through, a prominent rights advocacy group said on Thursday. China has clamped down hard on dozens of prominent critics…

Knives, cosh found in parliament weapons haul

Knuckledusters, imitation firearms and even a meat cleaver are among the array of weaponry visitors have attempted to bring into the parliament, according to The Sunday Times. Lawmakers in the Palace of Westminster are used to the cut and thrust of political debate — and a security crackdown has turned…