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Sep 28, 2009

Bahtiyar Mahnut, a detainee at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, learned a few weeks ago that the Pacific island nation of Palau had invited him to settle there.

Sep 27, 2009

China will tout the successes of 60 years of communist rule on Thursday, but the world's most populous nation faces an array of serious challenges as it seeks to sustain fast-paced economic growth.

Sep 26, 2009

China announced the first charges to be laid in connection with violent unrest in July that shook China's northwest region of Xinjiang, home to Muslim Uighurs.

Sep 25, 2009

The US administration told Congress it plans to transfer eight Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo to Palau, official documents showed, as President Barack Obama inches toward closure of the controversial prison.

Sep 25, 2009

At least three people were injured Friday morning in what the authorities say was a gas explosion that leveled a restaurant in a busy shopping district in central Beijing.

Sep 25, 2009

CHINA has started building the first strategic oil reserve in the far western Xinjiang region, a senior official said on Friday, as part of the Asian giant's efforts to secure its energy supply.

Sep 25, 2009

An explosion has destroyed a Muslim Uighur restaurant in Beijing, adding to tensions in the Chinese capital ahead of the National Day parade on October 1.

Sep 25, 2009

Authorities in China's restive northwestern Xinjiang region on Friday charged 21 suspects over deadly July unrest, state media said -- the first reported criminal charges to emerge from the violence.

Sep 25, 2009

The most senior Chinese official jailed over the 1989 Tiananmen protests called on the Communist Party to use next week's national day celebrations to own up to past mistakes and say how many people died due to its misrule.

Sep 25, 2009

There's an intriguing story in this month's edition of the staunchly anti-Communist, Hong Kong-based magazine Kaifang claiming that Xi Jinping has asked to resign his current position as heir apparent to the presidency and party leadership in China.

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