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Aug 5, 2008

Until dawn on Monday, when the peace of the city of Kashgar was broken by explosions, it would have been easy to believe in the Chinese Government’s version of the happy land of Xinjiang. The name means New Frontier, a vast area of desert and mountains remote even to most Chinese, with all the trappings of an archetypal mysterious East.

Aug 5, 2008

Mr. Alim Seytoff, general secretary of the Uyghur American Association, was interviewed by BBC World Service at 2:15 p.m. (7:15 p.m. London) on August 5 regarding Monday's attack on Chinese police in Kashgar. Mr. Seytoff, accepting the interview on behalf of Uyghur democracy leader Rebiya Kadeer, has presented the position of UAA on the incident.

Aug 4, 2008

Two assailants crashed a dump truck into a paramilitary police station in the restive Xinjiang region Monday and tossed out two grenades, killing 16 policemen and wounding 16 others in an apparent terrorist attack, the official New China News Agency reported.

Aug 4, 2008

Two men armed with knives and explosives ambushed a military police unit in China’s majority Muslim northwest Monday morning, killing 16 officers and wounding 16 others before being arrested, according to the state media.

Aug 4, 2008

The deadly ambush Monday in China's majority Muslim northwest may have raised fears about terrorist attacks when the Beijing Olympic Games open Friday.

Aug 4, 2008

Days ahead of the Olympics, assailants reportedly kill 16 paramilitary officers in Xinjiang

Aug 3, 2008

As international journalists jet in to Beijing for the start of the Olympic Games, Hugh Sykes takes a rather slower route on the overnight train from the west of China.

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.

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