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Young Uyghurs rest near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, Sept. 17, 2014.

Chinese Security Checks 'Target Uyghurs' Ahead of APEC Summit

  • Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:06

The Turkic-speaking ethnic minority group has been singled out for dawn raids and compulsory registration, an exile group says.

  Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Lintao Zhang/Pool

China says Afghan president vows to help China fight militants

  • Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:03

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) prior to their meeting in Moscow on Oct. 14, 2014.

China Could Suffer Same Fate as USSR, Uyghur Leader Says

  • Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:28

The people of Hong Kong, together with the peoples of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Republic and Tibet, are fighting for their independence, Rabiya Kadir, a leader of the Uyghur national movement says.

Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

China Seizes Jailed Uyghur Scholar's Savings, Sparking Fears Over Family Home

  • Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:14

Ilham Tohti's wife fears she and the couple's young sons may soon be made homeless.

A Uighur couple relax in Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang region. Security officers often trail foreign journalists in the area, making independent reporting there difficult if not impossible. (Goh Chai Hin / AFP/Getty Images)

In Xinjiang, China, journalists work in the shadow of censorship

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:45

Uplifting propaganda posters touting President Xi Jinping's "China Dream" catchphrase are plastered across many cities in China these days.

  Police from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team take part in an anti-terrorist drill in Dongying, Shandong province, July 11, 2014. More than 600 police from all over Shandong are taking part in a three-day exercise from Friday, according to local media.  Credit: Reuters/Stringer

China to streamline counter-terrorism intelligence gathering

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:42

China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, as part of changes to a security law expected to be passed this week after an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang.

hinese Lawmakers Start Review of Nation’s First Anti-Terror Law

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:33

China’s lawmakers today began reviewing draft legislation to create the country’s first anti-terrorism law, after a series of attacks that authorities blamed on Muslim separatists in the Xinjiang region.

Ablajan check his hair at his studio ahead of a planned live webcast concert scheduled for that afternoon in Urumqi, China on July 31, 2014.

It’s a Long Way to the Top (if You Wanna Be a Uighur Pop Star)

  • Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:47

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In China, a Drought Tests Nomadic Herders’ Culture of Survival

  • Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:43

It has been a bad year for the big-tailed sheep. The grass in the high mountain pastures here in northwest China has been sparse, and the sheep have not eaten well. They are scrawny. That means the Kazakh herders have suffered, too.

An ethnic Uighur man sits at his outdoor carpet stall near the Dong Kuruk Bridge mosque in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region, July 16, 2009, after bloody ethnic riots there. Reuters

Al Qaeda Wants Xinjiang In The Islamic Caliphate -- But Uighur Leaders Say No

  • Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:57

An al Qaeda propaganda magazine has described the far western Chinese province of Xinjiang, home to the native Uighur Muslim population, as a region that needs to be “recovered [into] the shade of the Islamic Caliphate.”

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