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Oct 27, 2008

The Dalai Lama is considering a major policy shift towards China following a complete lack of progress in talks on Tibetan autonomy with Beijing, a senior aide said Monday.

Oct 24, 2008

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using many political means to stop Uyghurs annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj, according to the World Uyghur Congress.

Oct 23, 2008

German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off a state visit to China with a stop at a Daimler joint-venture there. Economic ties, but also human rights and global warming, were on the meeting agenda, advisers said.

Oct 22, 2008

In a press conference today, the Ministry of Public Security released its second list of most wanted terrorists for plotting attacks on the Olympics and generally working towards separatism in “restive”* Xinjiang.

Oct 22, 2008

The New York Times reported Sunday that Chinese officials are cracking down on Islam in the Xinjiang region of the country. Government workers are not allowed to practice the religion, studying of the Koran is highly restricted and the practice of Ramadan and the hajj — a pilgrimage to Mecca — are kept under strict supervision by the authorities.

Oct 22, 2008

 Family and activists continued efforts Wednesday, October 22, to obtain the release of two Uyghur devoted Christians in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, saying one of them may be executed while another believer is facing mistreatment in a labor camp.

Oct 22, 2008

Washington DC is perhaps a rather strange choice for someone accused of being an active terrorist to make their home.

Oct 21, 2008

Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials.

Oct 21, 2008

Chinese police on Tuesday called on foreign nations to arrest and extradite eight alleged Islamic terror group leaders accused plotting attacks during the Beijing Olympics.

Oct 21, 2008

Despite hopes the Olympics would improve human rights, China's crackdown on dissidents before and during the Games has likely set the stage for a lasting period of even tighter controls, government critics say.

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