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Aug 3, 2008

Sixteen policemen in China's Muslim-majority northwest were killed on Monday after two armed men stormed their station, state media said, raising security fears four days before the Beijing Olympics.

Aug 1, 2008

South of Beijing is an old steel town called Handan where bicycles outnumber cars. It has a nostalgic, industrial charm and spruiks itself as an "excellent tourist city" with "splendid culture".

Jul 31, 2008

With the clock ticking for the opening of Beijing Olympics, Chinese Muslims are complaining of travel restrictions and being picked up for strip searches before boarding.

Jul 31, 2008

U.S. lawmakers, organizations advocating for human rights and religious freedom, and China democracy activists have sharply criticized the Chinese government in advance of the Beijing Olympic Games opening in August 8. VOA's Dan Robinson reports on this, and a congressional resolution urging President Bush to raise human rights issues when he attends the Olympic games.

Jul 31, 2008

From missile batteries around the stadium to neighborhood watches, from SWAT teams to bar closures, from random ID checks to a visa clampdown, Beijing’s panoply of security measures outstrips anything ever mounted for the Olympics.

Jul 31, 2008

Beijing keeps wary watch on a restive region as the opening of Olympics nears, writes the Tribune's Evan Osnos.

Jul 29, 2008

Chinese police guarding restive Tibet have been mobilised to ensure "absolute security" there during the Beijing Olympics and are looking for stronger international support, an official newspaper said on Wednesday.

Jul 29, 2008

In the far west of China, there is a place called Yizebah. It means Orchard Village in the local Uighur language.

Jul 29, 2008

For months, Chinese authorities have been publicising the threat from separatist militants in the northwest region of Xinjiang, saying members of its Muslim, Uighur minority were bent on disrupting the Beijing Olympics.

Jul 29, 2008

As the Olympics approach, leaked internal documents and state media reports in China indicate that a military mobilisation is being directed at groups within China which are considered harmless by governments abroad.

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