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Nov 29, 2006

On a warm Friday last March, after a hearty breakfast of fish cakes and salad, Huseyin Celil climbed into a car for a ride across the pockmarked streets of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Nov 19, 2006

On a recent Friday, the holy day of Islam, crowds swelled inside the antique Jame mosque, the largest in this ancient town in Xinjiang Province in the far west of China, home to the nation's small but restive Muslim minority.

Nov 18, 2006

Fragrant pears, with exotic provenance and a legendary reputation, have arrived in the United States for the first time after a journey that evokes Marco Polo.

Nov 14, 2006
Nov 12, 2006

The story of Almijan, a gaunt 31-year-old former silk trader with nervous eyes, has all the markings of a public health nightmare. A longtime heroin addiction caused him to burn through $60,000 in life savings. Today, he says, all of his drug friends have AIDS and yet continue to share needles and to have sex with a range of women - their wives, prostitutes or, as he said, "whoever."

Nov 12, 2006

 A Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives led by frequent China critic Nancy Pelosi will intensify scrutiny of Chinese trade and human rights practices, but will stop short of confrontation, American and Chinese experts said

Nov 9, 2006

When the city of Korla rose from the Taklamakan Desert in mid-1950s, it was admired as a triumph of human willpower over adverse nature. Thousands of soldiers put the place on the map in China's far west Xinjiang region by digging 600 kilometers of channels to coax underground water to large collective farms.

Nov 6, 2006

Lake Balkhash, one of the largest inland bodies of water on Earth, is in danger of turning into an environmental death zone whose impact would be felt throughout Central Asia.

Oct 26, 2006

Mullah Masude, 63, removes his shoes and gingerly navigates an expanse of carpeting in the Jaman mosque's main worship area before climbing a set of rickety steps to the roof.

Oct 23, 2006

In Xinjiang, which is of strategic importance to China, Uighurs try to maintain their culture despite strict oversight.

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