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China vows to punish deadly station rampage, blames separatists

China Sunday promised tough punishment for knife-wielding attackers who killed 29 people in an unprecedented train station rampage, blaming separatists from Xinjiang, as witnesses described a city in shock. Victims spoke of black-clad attackers slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets late Saturday at Kunming station, in an incident that lasted about half an hour. More than 130 were wounded in the attack in the city in the southwestern province of Yunnan, prompting shock and outrage nationwide. Buses and taxis ferried people to hospital.

Blaze tears through ancient Tibetan village in China

An ancient Tibetan village in the popular tourist area of Shangri-La in China's southwest Yunnan province has been partially destroyed in a giant inferno, state media reported Saturday. The fire, which began at about 1:30 am on Saturday, destroyed more than 100 traditional wooden houses after it tore through the streets in the ancient Tibetan village of Dukezong, Xinhua news agency said.

Trip Tips: Perception versus reality on the reconstructed Silk Road

By Peter Ward SAMARKAND (Reuters) - I had a smile on my face as I strode across the tarmac of Samarkand airport, for I had arrived at last in the city I had toiled for four years to recreate as a novelist. My expectations of seeing everything I had researched about one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world - it was founded in 700 B.C. by the greatest traders of the old Silk Road, the Sogdians - could hardly have been higher.

Tibet wind farm starts turning

LHASA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- World's highest wind farm at 4,700 meters has gone into operation in Nagchu prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, the last region in China to utilize wind power. The five turbines of the first phase have a capacity of 7.5 megawatts, an official said on Tuesday. The completed project will have 33 wind turbines capable of putting out 49.5 megawatts.

More than 2mn Tibetans rehoused, relocated: rights group

More than two million Tibetans in China have been forced to change homes or relocate in a government-sponsored programme that is damaging their traditional culture and rural lifestyle, a human rights monitoring group said. "The scale and speed at which the Tibetan rural population is being remodelled by mass rehousing and relocation policies are unprecedented in the post-Mao era," Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch, said in a release accompanying the report.

More than 2mn Tibetans rehoused, relocated: rights group

More than two million Tibetans in China have been forced to change homes or relocate in a government-sponsored programme that is damaging their traditional culture and rural lifestyle, a human rights monitoring group said. "The scale and speed at which the Tibetan rural population is being remodelled by mass rehousing and relocation policies are unprecedented in the post-Mao era," Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch, said in a release accompanying the report.

US envoy in key visit to Tibet

The US ambassador to China is making a rare visit to Tibet and has urged Chinese authorities to open the area up to tourists and diplomats, a US official said Thursday. Gary Locke was visiting the tightly-controlled region with his family and several embassy officials from Tuesday until Friday this week, acting deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said. It was the first time since September 2010 that Beijing has granted a US ambassador access to Tibet.

Afghan suicide bomb kills six at buzkashi game: police

A suicide bomb exploded in crowds at a traditional horse-back game of buzkashi in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least six people, police said. "The suicide attacker detonated himself at the end of the match in Imam Sahib district this evening. Six people have died," Abdul Khalil Andarabi, police chief of Kunduz province, told AFP. Andarabi said that among the dead were the district police chief and the father of the Speaker in the national parliament. At least seven other people were wounded in the attack.

Afghan teens of 'Buzkashi Boys' stargazing in Hollywood

By Kilmeny Duchardt LOS ANGELES, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The teenage stars of an Oscar-nominated short film from Afghanistan arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the Academy Awards after an Internet campaign raised enough money to pay for their trip. "Buzkashi Boys" actors Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz will walk the red carpet and rub shoulders with Hollywood's biggest stars at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
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