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May 20, 2009

Within the narrow alleyways of this Old Town lie thousands of years of Kashgar’s history.  Aged wooden doors and cobblestone paths have witnessed the passage of innumerable donkey carts, small Uyghur children and, in recent times, many foreign tourists.

May 19, 2009

President Barack Obama is reaching out around the world to find new homes for Guantanamo Bay detainees. But he is running into trouble in his own backyard.

May 19, 2009

Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs, detained for more than six years and counting at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, are firing back at Newt Gingrich, who has accused them of terrorist ties and says that releasing them into the United States would endanger the country.

May 19, 2009

The task force on Guantánamo Bay detainees set up by Barack Obama has recommended the release into the US of two Chinese Uighurs held at the prison, the Financial Times has learned.

May 18, 2009

Germany's foreign minister is opposed to his country accepting a group of Guantanamo prisoners of Uigher origin, telling a German news magazine that he's worried that taking them in will cause trouble with China.

May 18, 2009

The US wants Germany to take a group of nine Guantanamo inmates of Uighur origin. But now German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is getting cold feet -- he's worried that taking the Uighurs could cause a spat with China.

May 15, 2009

Women belonging to an ethnic minority in northwestern China defend their land in a clash with officials who try to seize it for forced crop production.

May 14, 2009

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. assured Republican lawmakers yesterday that the Justice Department would not release any detainees whom he considered dangerous on U.S. soil.

May 13, 2009

Twenty years after the Chinese army killed untold numbers of unarmed civilians in Beijing and other cities on and around June 3-4, 1989, the Chinese government continues to victimize survivors, victims’ families, and others who challenge the official version of events, Human Rights Watch said today.

May 12, 2009

In a new twist on land development tensions in China, authorities in Xinjiang are reclaiming orchards farmed by ethnic Uyghurs.


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