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Top Asian News 10:56 a.m. GMT

July 13, 2018
Widow of Chinese Nobel laureate unlikely to attend memorial

BEIJING (AP) — The release of the Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s widow from eight years of house arrest this week brought some comfort to China’s activists. But the rare triumph for human rights in China was short-lived: Her brother was forced to stay behind, ensuring Liu Xia stayed silent on the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death Friday. Memorials are planned in Hong Kong and Berlin, where Liu Xia landed this week after years of international calls to free her from the isolation China imposed to quell any encouragement Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel might have had on human rights activists.

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