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  • Five suicide bombers carried out Xinjiang attack: Chinese state media May 23, 2014

    Urumqi: Five suicide bombers carried out the attack which killed 31 people in the capital of China's troubled Xinjiang region, state media reported a day after the deadliest terrorist attack to date in the region. The incident, which occurred in Urumqi on Thursday morning, was the second suicide attack in the...
  • 31 killed, 90 injured in multiple blasts in China's Xinjiang May 22, 2014

    Beijing: Thirty one people have been killed, and 90 have been injured in over a dozen explosions in an openair market in Urumqi, capital of China's restive Xinjiang province which is home to mostly Muslim Uighurs on Thursday. Witnesses said two crosscountry vehicles driving from north to south ploughed into...
  • China official says Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals April 8, 2014

    The governor of China's restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism. Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has...
  • Earthquake of 6.8 magnitude strikes western China February 12, 2014

    An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck China's far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but in a very remote and sparsely populated area. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The USGS had previously put the magnitude at 6.9, but later downgraded it. China's...
  • China replaces top army general in volatile Xinjiang November 4, 2013

    China has replaced the top army general in the volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang following what the government called a terrorist strike in the heart of the capital Beijing, state media reported. Peng Yong was relieved of his position on the party's regional standing committee, the ruling Communist Party newspaper People's...
  • Terror emanating from 'neighbourhood' affected India,China, says PM October 24, 2013

    With Pakistan in mind, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, warned that terrorism and radicalism emanating from "our neighbourhood" had directly affected both India and China and could lead to instability across Asia. Singh made the remark without naming any country while addressing future leaders at the Chinese Communist Party's Central...
  • China, Pakistan to hold joint air exercise in Xinjiang August 29, 2013

    The Chinese and Pakistani air forces will hold a joint exercise next week in a region bordering Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The joint drill will be held during September 2-22 in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the Chinese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The exercise, code-named Shaheen (Eagle)-2, is another cooperative project between the...
  • 6.6 quake jolts China's Xinjiang, 24 injured June 30, 2012

    Beijing: A powerful 6.6 magnitude quake jolted northwest China's remote Xinjiang region on Saturday, causing widespread damage to residential buildings and leaving at least 24 people injured. Strong tremors were felt around 5.07 am local time in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, shaking residents out of their beds...
  • Plane hijack bid foiled in west China's Xinjiang June 29, 2012

    Beijing: Passengers and crew on a plane in China's farwestern region of Xinjiang foiled a hijacking attempt by six people on Friday, a government website said. The Tianshan news portal said the hijacking attempt was made just after the plane took off from Hotan in southern Xinjiang for the regional capital...
  • 6.0magnitude quake jolts China's Xinjiang March 9, 2012

    Beijing: A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region this morning but no casualties were reported. The epicenter, with a depth of 30 kilometers, was at 39.4 degrees north latitude and 81.3 degrees east longitude, the China Earthquake Network Centre said. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous...
  • Xinjiang violence: two suspects killed in China August 2, 2011

    Beijing: Two "suspects" allegedly involved in recent attacks in China's troubled Xinjiang province, were shot dead by police near Kashgar city, where 20 people were killed in violence blamed on militants trained in Pakistan. Memtieli Tiliwaldi, 29 and Turson Hasan, 34, who were wanted in connection with the case, were killed...
  • 20 killed, China blames terror camps in Pak August 1, 2011

    Beijing: China on Monday blamed "extremists" trained in terror camps in Pakistan for orchestrating attacks on civilians in the troubled Xinjiang province, where 20 people, including alleged militants, were killed in violent incidents over two days. While nine people were killed in a violent attack on Saturday, another 11, including five...
  • Two moderate earthquakes shake Kashmir Valley April 2, 2011

    Srinagar: Two moderate intensity earthquakes were felt in the Kashmir Valley but there were no reports of any damage, officials said. An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 occurred on Saturday morning, at 9.24 am. The epicentre was located at LadakhChina (Xinjiang) border, the officials said. On Friday night also at 7...
  • Dalai Lama backs Uighurs, risks Chinese ire March 11, 2010

    Dharamsala: The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, voiced his support on Wednesday for an ethnic minority in China's troubled Xinjiang province, risking further worsening his fraught relations with Beijing. In an address marking 51 years since he fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama...
  • Five dead in ongoing protest in China September 5, 2009

    Urumqi (China): Five people died in unrest this week in the farwest Chinese city of Urumqi, its deputy mayor said on Friday, after a third day of protests which were broken up by police using tear gas. Han Chinese protesters massed in the capital of the Xinjiang region, angry at authorities...
  • Flight to China diverted for lack of papers: Afghanistan August 10, 2009

    Kandahar (Afghanistan): An Afghan passenger flight, which was scheduled to land in China's western region of Xinjiang, was diverted to southern Afghanistan on Sunday. Chinese media claimed the flight was diverted due to a bomb threat but Afghan authorities say it was sent back to Afghanistan because it lacked proper...
  • China diverts plane to Afghanistan after bomb threat August 9, 2009

    Beijing: A plane scheduled to land in China's western region of Xinjiang that was rocked by ethnic riots last month was diverted to southern Afghanistan by a bomb threat, state media said on Sunday. Kam Air deputy chief Feda Mohammad Fedawi told The Associated Press that the plane, carrying 160 passengers,...
  • Uighur unrest shows China's failures, says Dalai Lama August 6, 2009

    Geneva: Ethnic riots in Northwest China have exposed the failings of Beijing's minority policies, and a more "realistic" stance toward Tibetans and others could emerge within a decade, the Dalai Lama said on Thursday. On a visit to Geneva, he said there were no talks under way between Beijing and the...
  • AlQaeda vows to hit China over Uighur unrest: report July 14, 2009

    Hong Kong: AlQaeda is threatening for the first time to attack Chinese interests overseas in retaliation for the deaths of Muslims in the restive region of Xinjiang, according to a risk analysis group. The call for reprisals against China comes from the Algerianbased offshoot AlQaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),...
  • China's ethnic riots quelled, uneasy calm returns July 13, 2009

    Urumqi: A week after the initial violence, China's Urumqi province remained tense, and neither side seemed to know when or how the two ethnic groups of Han and Uighur ethnicity might come to any sense of mutual trust. Han and Uighur alike are struggling to overcome the resentment exposed by the...
  • It gets tough for China, death toll in Xinjiang now 184 July 11, 2009

    Urumqi, China: China has raised the death toll from ethnic rioting in the far western region of Xinjiang to 184, and for the first time gave a breakdown by ethnicity and sex of those who died, state media reported on Saturday. The official Xinhua news agency said that 137 of those...
  • China shuts down mosques in riothit Xinjiang July 10, 2009

    Urumqi (China) Mosques in riothit Urumqi were ordered to stay closed for Friday prayers in the wake of ethnic violence that has killed at least 156 people, an official said, while another city in China's farwest Xinjiang told foreigners to leave. The prayers after midday are a focal point of the...
  • Watch: Unrest in China's Urumchchi region July 9, 2009

    An amateur video has emerged out of China's Urumchchi region which shows people being taken away by security forces as they search homes in the area. ...
  • Hu vows severe punishment over Xinjiang riots July 9, 2009

    Beijing: Ethnic clashes between Uighurs and Han Chinese in Xinjiang, China continue. The riots have claimed the lives of 160 people and have left 1,000 injured. Chinese President Hu Jintao vowed "severe punishment" for the perpetrators of the Xinjiang riots that left at least 160 people dead and over 1,000 injured,...
  • Travel agencies suspend trips to riothit Xinjiang July 9, 2009

    Guangzhou (China): Many tourist agencies are calling off group trips to China's Xinjiang region following the recent deadly riots in Urumqi city that left at least 156 people dead and over 1,000 injured. "We are hoping that travel can resume by July 20, but it depends on the status in Xinjiang",...
  • Demonstrations across Europe in support of Uighurs July 9, 2009

    New Delhi: The violence in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang continued for the fourth day on Wednesday. There here have been demonstrations of solidarity for the Uighur community across Europe. In the Turkish capital of Ankara, people protested by laying a black wreath outside the Chinese Embassy. Uighurs are originally Turkic people who...
  • Xinjiang riots: Uighurs take on Han Chinese July 9, 2009

    So far, nearly 160 people have been killed in ethnic violence and more than 1,000 people have been injured in Xinjiang province. Just days after ethnic violence boiled over in the streets of Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, Chinese forces have poured into the region. Although the violence has ebbed, tensions remain high. ...
  • Toll hits 156 in China's Xinjiang as unrest spreads July 7, 2009

    Urumqi: Chinese Police have arrested more than 1,400 suspects in connection with rioting in the capital of Muslim Xinjiang region which left 156 people dead and more than 800 injured, state media said on Tuesday. Calm had settled over Urumqi, the region's capital, after 20,000 police, troops and firefighters reclaimed the...
  • 156 killed in communal riots in China July 6, 2009

    Urumqi: At least 156 people have been killed in rioting in the capital of China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, with the government blaming exiled separatists for the Muslim area's worst case of unrest in years. Hundreds of rioters have been arrested, the official Xinhua news agency reported, after rockthrowing Uighurs took...
  • 3 guards stabbed to death in troubled China region August 12, 2008

    Kuqa, China: Knifewielding assailants attacked a road checkpoint in China's troubled far west on Tuesday, killing three guards and raising the death toll to 31 from a surge in violence coinciding with the Beijing Olympics, officials said. The staterun Xinhua News Agency said an unknown number of attackers jumped from a...