China says famed artist faces economic charges (AP) – 816th Edition

Human rights protesters hold a rally, carrying the picture of Ai Weiwei, one of its most famous contemporary Chinese artists with Chinese written 'Release Ai Weiwei' outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Chinese police called more people in for questioning Tuesday as they expanded their investigation into avant-garde artist Ai Weiwei, who has not been heard from since being taken into custody over the weekend, friends said. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)AP – China confirmed Thursday that it has detained a renowned artist who had been missing for four days but insisted his case involves “economic crimes” and not human rights.

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