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Uighur unrest in China

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At least 140 people were killed and more than 800 injured in China, where tensions between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese turned deadly, according to state-run media. Rioters stoned police and set vehicles on fire. The government responded swiftly to riots, reportedly locking down parts of the city of Urumqi and disabling communication tools like Twitter, but protests spread to other cities. The ethnically Muslim Uyghurs live in the oil-rich Xinjiang region, north of Tibet. The Chinese government has imposed restrictions on the Uighurs’ religious practice in this autonomous region and many Uighurs resent Chinese rule and complain of discrimination.