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China Convicts 81-Year-Old Writer Who Criticized Communist Official

A Chinese court has given a suspended two-and-a-half-year prison sentence to an 81-year-old writer who recently criticized a senior Communist Party official. Huang Zerong was also slapped with a $4,800 fine Wednesday after the court in his hometown of Chengdu found him guilty of "running an illegal business." The writer, who is better known by his pen name Tie Liu, was the editor of a magazine called Small Scars from the Past. He was arrested in September after writing...

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