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Nov 17, 2006

IN CHINA, as elsewhere, people with HIV/AIDS often suffer discrimination. But a far bigger group of virus carriers in China encounters similar bigotry. For 130m Chinese carrying the hepatitis B virus, which can cause fatal liver diseases, it can be hard to get a job—or even a decent education, as a group of schoolchildren in the far west recently found out.

Nov 15, 2006

Canada will not "sell-out" its position on human rights to cash in on trade and investment with China, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday, firmly putting his government\'s stamp on relations with the Communist powerhouse.

Nov 15, 2006

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not have an official meeting with his Chinese counterpart during this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, in an apparent snub by Beijing over the Conservative government's emphasis on human rights.

Nov 14, 2006

The Bush administration Monday defended a new law that strips enemy combatants at Guantánamo Bay of recourse to traditional civilian court challenges, setting the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court showdown.

Nov 14, 2006

Chinese police have arrested 27 foreign drug trafficking suspects in Xinjiang, including Pakistanis, in the biggest drug seizure in the frontier region of northwest China.

Nov 8, 2006

When the city of Korla rose from the Taklamakan desert in mid-1950s, it was marvelled as a triumph of human willpower over adverse nature. Thousands of soldiers dispatched by the Chinese communist party put this place on the map in China's far west Xinjiang, by digging 600 km of channels to coax underground water to large collective farms.

Nov 5, 2006

Along the Silk Road, China- From the ancient oasis towns of Central Asia, we retraced the epic journeys along the Silk Road through desolate mountains and deserts, through busy bazaars and crumbling mud-brick towns.

Nov 3, 2006

Most Americans have seen images of the atrocities in Darfur broadcast into their living rooms on CNN. Genocide in real time — we can read all about it on Anderson Cooper's 360 Blog. Not as prominently reported are the accounts of human rights abuses against Egypt's Copts and Baha’is,China's Uyghurs,

Nov 2, 2006

An exiled Chinese human rights activist urged Norway to boycott the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, reports said Thursday.

Nov 1, 2006

A growing push into the world's poorest continent has led Beijing to dub 2006 "China's Year of Africa", but pointed questions are now being asked about who really benefits from the relationship.

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