Leaving nothing to chance, China is undertaking a massive security clampdown for a celebration next month to mark the founding of the Communist state. The festivities at Tiananmen Square on October 1 will commemorate the 60th anniversary of National Day.
Three people were sentenced Saturday to up to 15 years in prison over a series of syringe stabbings that triggered unrest in China’s western city of Urumqi, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
A bomb threat forced authorities in China’s remote northwestern Xinjiang Autonomous Region to bar a plane from landing in the city of Urumqi, the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
Hundreds of people have been detained in connection with ethnic riots in the northwest last month, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday. Police in Urumqi, the capital of China’s remote northwestern Xinjiang Autonomous Region, said they had detained 319 people in connection with the July 5 riots, according to Xinhua. The detentions came in addition to the 253 detentions announced on July 29, the news agency said
China acknowledged Sunday that security forces shot dead 12 people during ethnic riots in the northwest earlier this month. Officials also said Sunday that the death toll from the violence in the Xinjiang region had risen to 197. The government had previously said the fighting killed at least 184 people and wounded more than 1,000
China recorded its first death Friday from a moderate earthquake that struck the country’s southwest the night before, state-run media reported.
Five major mosques near the center of violence last weekend in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far-west Xinjiang region, were closed Friday morning, state-run media reported. Same smaller mosques in the city remained open, according to the Xinhua news agency. “Mosques in some sensitive areas were closed at their imams’ suggestion,” an official in charge of religious affairs with the Xinjiang regional government said Friday.
Nigerian militants said Monday they had blown up an oil pipeline and captured six crew members of a chemical tanker. The crowd of 200 to 300 — mostly women and elderly — quickly formed as local authorities were taking members of the media on a tour of a neighborhood that was heavily damaged during riots over the weekend, witnesses said.
Chinese authorities announced today that some 140 people had been killed and over 800 wounded in protests that roiled Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western Xinjiang province, on Sunday. According to the official news agency Xinhua, Urumqi police chief Liu Yaohua told a press conference that the number of dead was still rising and that there had also been extensive damage to property.
Ethnic Uyghur residents in Urumqi, capital of China’s far west Xinjiang region, took to the streets Sunday afternoon in a rare public protest that prompted a police lockdown of the city.