Chinese Police Shoot Two Uyghurs Dead in Xinjiang Bomb Attack

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service  Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region shot and killed two young Uyghur minority men who launched a crude bomb attack on a police patrol, sources said Thursday, and have ordered local residents to join a search for four others who fled the scene.

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Uyghurs Rely on Chinese Smugglers to Travel to Turkey

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service  Uyghurs from all parts of northwestern China are relying on networks of Chinese smugglers to take them across the border into neighboring Southeast Asian countries en route to their final destination Turkey, according to those who have been caught and detained in Thailand, a key way station.

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Han Chinese Head of Xinjiang Township Stabbed to Death by Uyghur Man

Radio Free Asia, 27 May 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service  The ethnic Han Chinese head of a township in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region was stabbed to death earlier this month by a young minority Uyghur man, prompting a security clampdown in the area, local residents and officials said Wednesday.

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Bride and prejudice: rare ethnic marriages reflect China tensions

UCA News, 27 May 2015

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By Benjamin Haas  It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. And they were furious.

A year later, her Uyghur father was still so angry she had chosen a Han husband he beat her up in a Beijing train station, stamping on her throat as he hurled insults.

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China hails crackdown on terror in Xinjiang

BBC, 27 May 2015

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BBC China  Chinese authorities say security forces in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang have busted 181 terror groups in an almost year-long operation, with the overwhelming majority thwarted while still at the planning stage.

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Chinese students in the west call for transparency over Tiananmen Square

The Guardian, 27 May 2015

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The Guardian China  A group of Chinese students living in western countries have issued a rare public appeal for their government to end its secrecy over the Tiananmen Square massacre and hold those responsible to account.

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Warning Over Religious Believers in Chinese Communist Party Ranks

Radio Free Asia, 26 May 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service – The ruling Chinese Communist Party has warned that any of its members who harbor religious beliefs or take part in religious activities could become the targets of its powerful disciplinary arm.

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Muslims protest against alcohol sales by Xian’s ‘halal’ restaurants

UCA News, 26 May 2015

1432536948 (1)UCA News  Large crowds of Muslims marched in the streets of China’s ancient capital Xian on Saturday night to demand the end of alcohol sales in halal restaurants.

In a rare large-scale protest in the center of a main Chinese city, hundreds of Muslims demonstrated, according to state media, although pictures on social media suggested crowds were in the thousands.

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