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  1. Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei Denied U.K. Business Visa

    It looked like his troubles were over. The dissident Chinese artist was finally given his passport again — it was confiscated in 2011 by his government — and sought a six-month visa to attend to opening of a London retrospective of his work. But now Ai has publicly posted an official letter accusing him of hiding a criminal conviction — though he has none — and granting him a shorter, restricted visa. The government’s position will keep Ai out of London during the Chinese president’s October visit — which may have been the aim all along. 

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