Tibetan immolations: Desperation as world looks away
It's sunrise and 20 degrees below zero. The sound of monks at prayer drifts across the snow-lined valley.
We are high in the jagged mountains that rise towards the Tibetan plateau. Harsh and beautiful, this region outside Tibet itself is home to six million Tibetans.
A monk is sweeping snow from the steps that lead to a small stupa. Tibetans, wrapped in blankets to keep out the cold, circle inside it, spinning prayer wheels.
Further up the hillside, a morning mist hangs over the golden roofs of the monastery behind. Scattered through these Alpine valleys, the monasteries preserve Tibet's way of life.
Monks in claret robes emerge from their morning devotions, while women adorned with beads circle the monastery, then prostrate themselves on the ground.
Tiananmen crash: China police 'seek Xinjiang suspects'
The two men police want information about have Uighur names and come from areas in Xinjiang where there has been significant violence.
One man is from Lukun in Shanshan county, where around 30 people died in June this year. A BBC team were prevented from reaching the scene.
The second "suspect" is from Pishan county where seven "terrorists" were shot dead by police in 2011.
There have been many more violent incidents and dozens of deaths across Xinjiang in the past five years. Often these have involved clashes between Uighurs and local police, government and security personnel.
Authorities usually blame "separatists" and "terrorists" who they say are inspired, funded and trained from abroad. But in many areas there are significant local grievances among Uighur Muslims who resent restrictive measures directed at their religious and cultural practices.
China anti-corruption activists on trial in Jiangxi
Xinyu, where this trial is taking place, is a gritty, polluted place - rows of grey concrete apartment blocks and giant factory chimneys. It is perhaps an apt setting. A year ago, when Xi Jinping took over as the head of the Communist Party, some hoped a new, younger leader might bring reforms to China, more tolerance of critics, more freedoms.
Instead, with this prosecution in this gritty city, those hopes for change have faded. Mr Xi appears to be overseeing an intensifying crackdown that goes beyond anything his predecessors did, designed to reinforce his authority and that of the party too.
It is no longer only human rights activists who are being targeted by the authorities. Lawyers, bloggers, businessmen and, as in this trial, even very low profile, local campaigners are being detained, some for doing little more than staging peaceful, public protests against corruption, calling for the rule of law, for more civil and political rights for ordinary people.
What worries observers is that under Mr Xi, China may be getting less tolerant, basic freedoms for people to gather and express their views are being violated, so too is the right to a fair trial. In this case, defence lawyers say police detained key defence witnesses ahead of the trial.
Going nuclear: UK's deal with China
Perched high on top of one of the giant new reactor buildings under construction at Taishan we had a view over the entire site.
It's one of the biggest nuclear plants of its kind in the world: six reactors being built on the edge of the South China Sea.
In front of us construction cranes encircled the egg-like shape of another huge, grey concrete reactor shell. They swung lazily back and forth.
Teams of workers were welding metal bars in place. Everything looked incredibly orderly.
George Osborne, the UK chancellor, looked impressed. Mr Osborne had just announced that he will welcome Chinese participation in building nuclear power stations in Britain.
Li Tianyi: China court jails army singers' son for rape
Just 16 years old when he led this gang rape, Li Tianyi has come to symbolise the outrageous excesses of the children of China's elites.
Convicting him, the court said security camera footage showed Li dragging his victim into a hotel lift and hitting her in the face.
When the 18-year-old refused to undress he stripped her and had forced sex with her.
His four companions, three also teenagers, then raped her too.
Li Tianyi is already notorious. Two years ago, driving a BMW car in Beijing, with no licence and no number plates, he assaulted an elderly couple who blocked his way, telling bystanders not to "dare call police".
Admiration lingers for Bo Xilai in China's Chongqing
In a great, sweeping, snaking curve, the Yangtze river flows wide and fast through the city of Chongqing. Murky and polluted, full of dangerous undercurrents, its waters mix with the Jialing river. The point at which the two rivers meet is where Chongqing's skyscrapers rise, on a finger of land surrounded by water, like an inland Manhattan.
Chongqing is one of China's great cities, a river port filled with giant factories, the hub for a region of 30 million people. It was once a wartime capital, bombed by the Japanese. More recently riddled with mafia gangs, known for crime and corruption, the city has played a part in many of China's political dramas. It's here where you have to come to understand the rise, and now the fall, of Bo Xilai.
The catalyst for his demise was the murder, in Chongqing almost two years ago, of Neil Heywood. Mr Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, has already been convicted of that crime. She'd fallen out with her British business partner over their business deals and poisoned him. The killing was kept secret until Mr Bo's police chief fled to the US consulate in nearby Chengdu, exposing the scandal.
Bo Xilai's own trial in August riveted millions of Chinese. One of the most recognisable and popular politicians in China, he was one of the Communist Party's rising stars. His father had a prominent part in China's revolution. That makes Bo Xilai a Communist Party "princeling", so powerful many believed him almost untouchable.
Love for Bo
The court hearings were filled with revelations of infidelity and corruption in Mr Bo's family. There were photos of a secret villa in the south of France. Mr Bo didn't accept the charges meekly as most officials would. He called his wife "crazy", and his former police chief a "liar" for alleging he'd tried to cover up her crime.
US leaker Snowden both boon and burden for China
For China, Edward Snowden's sudden arrival in Hong Kong and his explosive revelations about the extent of US cyber-spying activities around the world are both a boon and a burden, a potential propaganda and intelligence gift, but also a diplomatic dilemma.
Beijing has in recent months come in for sustained criticism over its own cyber-spying activities.
The US government and private US internet security firms have criticised China for state-sponsored cyber-attacks, targeting everything from US military contractors to corporations in America.
Evidence has been produced that purports to show Chinese hackers operating from military facilities targeting US media firms and private companies.
US President Barack Obama was sitting down to tell Chinese leader Xi Jinping that US patience had run out and China had to rein in its cyber-spies, just as Edward Snowden's claims that America 's National Security Agency had been collecting vast amounts of information about internet users around the world were gaining attention.