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July 6, 2009 | Barbara Demick
China's worst ethnic violence in years broke out Sunday in the northwestern city of Urumqi, leaving 140 people dead and more than 800 injured. The unrest pitted Uighurs, a long-aggrieved Muslim minority, against the Han Chinese, who increasingly dominate the far-flung Xinjiang region. With the death toll climbing over the course of the day, the violence appeared to be far deadlier than that last year in the Tibetan region.
September 4, 2009 | Barbara Demick
More than 10,000 Han Chinese marched in the streets of Urumqi on Thursday in a new protest that belied the government's claim of having quashed ethnic unrest in the capital city of Xinjiang province. The protesters were enraged over hundreds of alleged attacks in which people were stabbed with hypodermic needles, attacks that they blamed on ethnic Uighurs. The northwestern-most region of China, Xinjiang has often witnessed violent confrontations between the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people concentrated there, and the Han Chinese who are perceived by the Uighur as colonizers.
November 1, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Six Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay but still wanted at home as separatists arrived on their new tropical island home of Palau, which accepted a U.S. request to resettle the men. The tiny Pacific nation agreed in June to Washington's request to temporarily resettle the men, who have been held by the U.S. since their capture in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001. The Pentagon determined last year that the Uighurs were not "enemy combatants," but they had remained in legal limbo as the U.S. was unwilling to send them to China and sought other countries willing to take them.
September 5, 2009 | Reuters
Five people died in three days of unrest this week in Urumqi, Deputy Mayor Zhang Hong said Friday. Han Chinese massed in the city -- the capital of China's northwestern-most province, Xinjiang -- to protest what they considered authorities' inaction on hundreds of reported stabbings with hypodermic needles as well as on trials of ethnic Uighurs charged in July rioting that killed about 200, mostly Han. Police with tear gas broke up the...
October 21, 2009 | David G. Savage
The Supreme Court agreed today over the objections of the Obama administration to hear a new appeal from Guantanamo Bay prisoners and decide whether a judge has the power to order the release of a detainee who is not a dangerous "enemy combatant." A ruling on this issue could complicate the administration's already troubled plans for closing the Guantanamo prison. Until now, the government and some lower courts have maintained a judge cannot force the release of a Guantanamo prisoner, even one who has won his legal appeal in a court hearing.
April 29, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING -- State media on Monday released the identities of the victims of last week's deadly ethnic confrontation in western Xinjiang region, as authorities indicated that they had made more arrests and uncovered evidence further linking the violence to terrorism. The clash last Tuesday between police and Uighur residents on the outskirts of Kashgar left 21 people dead, including 15 police and neighborhood security officers whose names and photos were made public by CCTV. The identities of the remaining six, described as “mobsters” by government media, were not disclosed and presumed to be Uighurs.
March 1, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
China's state media called Saturday night's knifing attack at a train station in Kunming “China's 9/11” and called for a crackdown on terrorism. The death toll from the attack rose to 33 with four of the perpetrators among the dead. One suspect is in custody, a woman, who was reported to be hospitalized. The perpetrators were said to be Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority from northwestern China's Xinjiang region. Chinese authorities showed on a television station a black flag recovered at the scene which they said was calling for independence for the region that some Uighurs refer to as East Turkestan.
October 30, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- More than 48 hours after a car plowed down pedestrians and burst into flames at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government broke its near-silence on the incident and characterized it as a “terrorist attack. " Chinese state media on Wednesday identified the people in the car as members of one family --- the driver, Usmen Hasan; his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim; and his wife, Gulkiz Gini. All three were killed, along with two tourists. Chinese authorities also said five people were arrested as accessories in Beijing on Monday night.
October 24, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Urumqi, China ? Almost invariably when visitors approach the middle-aged woman enshrined in a climatized exhibit case in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum, they pause and do a double take. What gets the most attention is her nose: high-bridged, slightly hooked, the sort of nose that reminds you of Meryl Streep. Then a little gasp. " Weiguoren!" (A foreigner!), one young woman exclaimed to her friends. They were touring the museum earlier this month on a Chinese public holiday.
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