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Mar 11, 2008

Since Chinese authorities arrested two airline passengers for allegedly plotting to blow up a domestic flight, some analysts and activists are casting doubt on the state's claim that it had thwarted a pre-Olympics terrorist plot.

Mar 10, 2008

For as long as anyone can remember, Bator and his ancestors were horse-riding herdsmen, free to roam the vast grasslands of Inner Mongolia with their animals.

Mar 10, 2008

Chinese authorities have revealed two alleged terrorist plots, including one targeting the Beijing Olympics, sparking new fears that militants could be escalating their activities in the lead-up to the Games.

Mar 10, 2008

China today began to retreat from a claim that a Muslim nationalist terror cell had been plotting attacks on this summer's Beijing Olympics. The claim was made on Sunday by the Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang autonomous region of western China, which has a substantial population of Muslim ethnic minority groups.

Mar 10, 2008

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer Monday accused China of fabricating alleged plots against the Olympics, and even of scheming to carry out its own terror attacks, to blacken her community's name.

Mar 8, 2008

Delegates to China's parliament have vowed to step up a crackdown on ethnic unrest, separatism and religious extremism in the western region of Xinjiang, state press said Saturday.

Mar 7, 2008

Rebiya Kadeer, a human rights activist for the Uighur people of northwestern China, spent six years in jail in China for "leaking state secrets" ?in fact sending local newspaper articles to her husband in the US. She was released in 2005 and has since then made her home in the Washington, D.C. area, where she advocates for Uighur rights and for greater US support of Uighur issues. In 2006, Ms.

Mar 4, 2008

China should grant its minority peoples the right to self determination at its annual meeting of parliament and also rename the far western region of Xinjiang as East Turkistan, an exiled group said on Tuesday.

Feb 29, 2008

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom commends President George W. Bush for pledging Thursday that while attending the Summer Olympic Games in China, he will raise concerns about freedom of religion in China with President Hu Jintao.

Feb 29, 2008

The Chinese dissident Rebiya Kadeer is in Australia to raise awareness about the plight of China's Uighur people. She joins the Dalai Lama and Steven Spielberg in trying to use the Beijing Olympics to turn global attention to China's human rights record. Kadeer spoke briefly to Phil Mercer, who sends this report from Sydney.

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