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Aug 8, 2008

With the eyes of the world on Beijing, China imposes obsessive security measures around the games

Aug 8, 2008

 A man doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight during a protest Friday by ethnic Uighurs outside the Chinese Embassy in Turkey.

Aug 7, 2008

Old men on donkey carts drove through this ancient city’s warren of sand-colored alleys, foreign backpackers haggled with salesmen over wool carpets, and shops and markets were open for business. A few policemen wandered around, and the faithful flocked to mosques.

Aug 7, 2008

Fear and caution pervaded the warren of mud-brick homes and shops of this northwestern city's ethnic Uighur neighborhood Tuesday, a day after an attack on a paramilitary police unit that killed 16 officers. Residents said they feared they would be blamed because the two assailants arrested at the scene were identified by police as Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority already subject to strict security measures.

Aug 7, 2008

China said it is committed to its citizens' "basic rights and freedoms" Thursday and criticized President Bush for meddling in what Beijing says are its internal affairs.

Aug 6, 2008

Dozens of people were killed or injured in Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China, after an attack on a military police unit.

Aug 6, 2008

With a protest by Tibetan rights activist Wednesday, an attack against police officers in Xinjiang this week and a South Korean TV station managing to film a rehearsal of the secretive opening ceremony recently, the issue of security is proving to be a major headache for China, despite an unprecedented clampdown in the capital.

Aug 6, 2008

The focus changed from showing the world Chinese political strength to preventing additional loss of face

Aug 6, 2008

The ancient city of Kashgar, commercial crossroads of the medieval Silk Road and home to the world's largest and most exotic Sunday market, seems an unlikely site for a terrorist atrocity.

Aug 6, 2008

Kashgar is about as far as one can get from the Chinese capital of Beijing and still be in China. In fact, there is little to indicate one is still in China. Most of the people in this desert town are Uighurs, an Islamic minority group that has clashed again and again with rule of China's majority Han ethnicity.

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