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Aug 18, 2008

China has received a total of 77 applications to stage protests during the Olympic Games period - but none has been approved.

Aug 18, 2008

The 31-year-old musician knew something had changed when two Beijing policemen kept coming to his apartment.

Aug 18, 2008

A group of American Christians who had more than 300 Bibles confiscated by Chinese officials when they arrived in China is refusing to leave the airport until they get the books back, their leader said Monday.

Aug 18, 2008

Russia's military slap at Georgia may give China added justification to keep its own ethnic separatists in line.

Aug 17, 2008

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is under fire as foreign journalists request straight answers on issues ranging from press freedom and human rights violations to air quality issues at the end of the first week of the Games.

Aug 17, 2008

Chinese Christian detained after seeking to pray with Bush

Aug 17, 2008

A 21-point directive from the Chinese government's propaganda department instructs Chinese news outlets to keep quiet about any "emergencies" at the Olympics, to stay "positive" about security measures, and to ignore pro-independence groups from Xinjiang and Tibet, an Australian newspaper reported yesterday. The Sydney Morning Herald published what it said was the text of the instructions.

Aug 17, 2008

Chinese officials say the recent attacks by Uighur separatists in the Western province of Xinjiang are not a sign of wider unrest in the region. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Beijing, officials who met with reporters Saturday defended China's dealings with ethnic minority populations, including Tibetans.

Aug 17, 2008

Beijing's China Ethnic Culture Park features what it calls "precise re-creations" of life for all China's 56 ethnic groups, but one thing seems in short supply: actual ethnic minorities.

Aug 17, 2008

China's "Mr Olympics" shrugged off protests staged by pro-free Tibet groups in Beijing and bomb attacks in China's restive northwest, saying the focus of the Games should be sports, not stunts.

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