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Mass Disappearances Are Happening in China

Rights groups say thousands of Uighurs have vanished

(Newser) - Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of people in China's far west have been spirited away without trial into secretive detention camps for alleged political crimes that range from having extremist thoughts to merely traveling or studying abroad, rights groups and academics estimate. The mass disappearances, beginning the past year,... More »

China Issues Guilty Verdicts in Packed Stadium

Government makes a show of force on terrorism charges

(Newser) - A Chinese court announced guilty verdicts for 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism, and murder, all the more notable because it happened in a stadium filled with 7,000 people. The public event was a show of force in Xinjiang after 43 people were killed last week in an... More »

'Serious Violent Terrorist Incident' Strikes China

31 dead as bomb-laden SUVs plow through market

(Newser) - Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives on a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang today, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90, local officials say. The attack in the city of Urumqi was the bloodiest in a series of... More »

3 Dead, 79 Hurt in China Terror Attack

President calls for 'decisive actions' against terrorists as Uighurs are blamed

(Newser) - It was a scene of terror at a railway station in the Chinese city of Urumqi last night. At least two bombs—believed to be inside some luggage—went off in the Xinjiang region's capital while a large group of knife-wielding attackers swarmed. "Some people were chopping others... More »

Missing Jet's Route Was Changed via Computer

As China launches land search

(Newser) - The first turn that took Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off course was made through a computer system, not by manual operation of the plane's controls, reports the New York Times , citing "senior American officials" involved in the investigation. Officials say the "seven or eight keystroke" change was... More »

China: Knife Attack Was Our '9/11'

Blames Uighurs, vows to respond with 'iron fists'

(Newser) - China is blaming Uighur separatists for yesterday's knife rampage that left 33 people dead, and state media isn't exactly downplaying the attack, notes the LA Times , calling it "a typical terrorist attack and also a severe crime against humanity. It was China’s 9/11." With four... More »

US Sends Guantanamo's Last 3 Uighurs to Slovakia

It had been a struggle to resettle the Uighurs

(Newser) - Slovakia has accepted three prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who had posed a difficult resettlement challenge, helping the US government move closer to its goal of closing the prison on its base in Cuba, officials said today. The three men who left for the Central European country in recent days were... More »

5 Arrested in Tiananmen 'Terrorist' Attack

Names suggest all are Uighurs

(Newser) - Five people have been arrested in connection with what Chinese authorities are calling a "terrorist attack" in Tiananmen Square on Monday. The cops say the car that plowed into crowds and burst into flames, killing five, contained gasoline, knives, and a jihadist flag, reports Reuters . The man identified by... More »

Was Tiananmen Crash a Suicide Attack?

Death toll hits 5; police eye Xinjiang region

(Newser) - The death toll following yesterday's SUV crash in Tiananmen Square has climbed to five, with two tourists—a Chinese man and a Filipina woman—dead along with the vehicle's occupants. "It looks like a premeditated suicide attack," says a Reuters source. If so, it would be... More »

'Terrorist Attack' Strikes Troubled China Region

Knife, ax fight erupts in ethnically divided Xinjiang

(Newser) - A deadly confrontation in China's ethnically divided Xinjiang region has left 21 people dead, in what government officials are calling a "terrorist attack," Reuters reports. The Xinjiang government says the violence was sparked after community workers found a number of knives in the house of local Uighurs;... More »

2 Suspects Dead After Foiled China Hijacking

But Uighur rights group says it wasn't a hijacking at all

(Newser) - A pair of accused hijackers have died following a foiled attempt to take control of a plane in China's Xinjiang region, state media says. Six Uighur men were arrested Friday in the incident, in which suspects wielding explosives used a crutch to pummel the cockpit door. Four crew members... More »

Passengers, Crew Foil China Hijacking

Six suspects detained

(Newser) - A hijacking attempt on a Chinese plane was foiled today by passengers and crew just after departure, the AP reports, citing state media. The Tianjin Airlines plane had taken off from the remote city of Hotan in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, and returned there safely 22 minutes later.... More »

China Sees Muslim Extremists in Xinjiang Unrest

But human rights groups doubt government story

(Newser) - Chinese authorities are blaming Muslim extremists with links to Pakistan for the burst of violence in the western region of Xinjiang that killed 11 people Sunday, reports Reuters . Leaders of this latest uprising in the restive region joined the so-called East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) while in Pakistan, says Beijing,... More »

Swiss Taking Gitmo Uighur Bros

Brothers detained since 2001 to be resettled in Alpine region

(Newser) - Two Chinese Uighur brothers will soon be swapping Guantanamo Bay for the Swiss Alps. Switzerland officials have decided to accept the men for resettlement on humanitarian grounds. Authorities believe that Bahtiyar and Arkin Mahmud pose no security risk and should be able to find jobs in their new homes in... More »

Obama: We Won't Make Gitmo Deadline

Pres tells Fox's Major Garrett prison will close after Jan 2010

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay prison won't close by the January deadline he set when he took office, President Obama admitted today, but he still hopes to shut it next year. Obama is "not disappointed" in missing the deadline, he says in a FoxNews interview airing this morning, since closing the facility... More »

China Executes 9 Over Uighur Riots

Executed were convicted of murder during Xinjiang province unrest

(Newser) - Nine people convicted of murder and arson during July riots in China’s Xinjiang province were executed today. Chinese news services did not identify the executed, but previous statements suggest that they are Uighurs. The riots in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, left 197 people dead as Uighurs... More »

6 Gitmo Uighurs Arrive in Palau

Latest transfers trade prison for ocean views

(Newser) - Six Chinese Muslims newly released from Guantanamo Bay traded life behind bars today for rooms with ocean view in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau. The Uighurs, in US custody since 2001, were met at the airport in the middle of the night by President Johnson Toribiong and taken to... More »

Dozens 'Disappeared' After China Riots

Rights group: Uighurs vanished after being detained by police

(Newser) - Dozens of Uighur men and boys rounded up in the wake of the riots that shook China's Xinjiang province over the summer are missing, according to a reports from a human rights group. Interviews with families in Urumqi found evidence that 43 people had vanished since being taken away by... More »

Supreme Court Takes Uighurs' Case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will hear a new case about the rights of Guantanamo detainees, this time involving prisoners who remain in custody even after the Pentagon determines they're not a threat to the United States, the court said today. Last year, the court said in a 5-4 ruling that federal... More »

Chinese Court Sentences 6 to Death for Ethnic Riots

All the condemned appear to be Uighurs

(Newser) - A court in China's far western Xinjiang region sentenced six men to death today over riots between Muslim Uighurs and members of the Han Chinese majority that killed nearly 200 people in July. The sentences—the first for any of the scores of suspects arrested in the rioting—appeared aimed... More »

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