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Clashes erupt in China’s far west

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A Uighur ethnic minority girl walks close to Chinese security forces in the streets of Urumqi, China, Thursday, July 16, 2009. Security in Urumqi remained tight as some roads leading to the Grand Bazaar market remained closed, while clusters of security officers stood guard in corners and platoons of paramilitary police patrolled the streets.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)
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A Uighur woman and a child walk past a charred car at a destroyed car dealer in Uighur section of Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Urumqi was calm Wednesday, although security was tight, especially near Uighur areas after Monday's fatal shooting of two Uighurs by police. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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A man walks across a destroyed car dealer at Uighur section in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Urumqi was calm Wednesday, although security was tight, especially near Uighur areas after Monday's fatal shooting of two Uighurs by police. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Workers set up construction material to cover the destroyed car dealer in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Monday, July 13, 2009. More roads reopened and shops unlocked their doors in Urumqi on Monday, but sporadic incidents reflected the underlying tensions in the city in western China where 184 people died in recent ethnic unrest. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Paramilitary police officers exercise near an armed police APC at the People's Square in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Sunday, July 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Uighur protesters march through the street in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Friday, July 10, 2009. A group of 10 police in bulletproof vests and helmets and armed with batons and stun guns blocked the march within minutes, followed shortly by several dozen more police who surrounded the group and forced them to squat on the sidewalk when the group of about 40 Uighur men and women began to march. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Image: Ethnic Uygurs stand outside a closed mosque minutes before Friday prayer in Urumqi, China

epa01790358 Ethnic Uygurs stand outside a closed mosque minutes before Friday prayer in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, China, 10 July 2009. Most mosques in Urumqi remained closed during Friday prayer with a very few opening their doors briefly. About 30 ethnic Uygurs and three foreign journalists are confirmed to have been detained following a small protest outside a mosque in Urumqi. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL
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Uighurs pray in a mosque in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Friday, July 10, 2009. Boisterous crowds turned up at mosques in this riot-hit western China city despite announcements that Friday prayers were canceled due to the recent ethnic violence and forced officials to let them in. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) ** JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, FOR COMMERCIAL USE ONLY IN NORTH AMERICA **
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A Uyghur girl is stopped by a line of riot police officers as she watches the parade of paramilitary police officers in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Thursday, July 9, 2009. Security forces kept a firm grip on the tense Xinjiang capital Thursday after days of ethnic violence that killed over 150 people, and alarmed Chinese leaders who vowed to deal firmly with those behind the attacks. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the Grand Bazaar, which remains closed in the ethnic Uigur area of Urumqi, in China's farwest Xinjiang region on July 9, 2009. Foreign journalists have been given unprecedented access in the aftermath of deadly unrest in Urumqi, in what China has hailed as a new era of openness to the outside world. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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An Ethnic Uygur man watches as an army truck full of Chinese soldiers patrols the street in Urumqi in China's far west Xinjiang province on July 8, 2009. China poured troops into the restive city of Urumqi in a massive show of force, but fresh unrest flared as Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs armed themselves with makeshift weapons. As one of the worst spikes in ethnic tensions to have hit China in decades showed no signs of easing, President Hu Jintao abandoned a Group of Eight summit in Italy to deal with the crisis. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Zhang Xiangying, a Han Chinese patient, who was injured during ethnic clashes recuperates at People's Hospital in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Ethnic clashes have paralyzed Urumqi over the past several days, with minority Uighur and Han Chinese mobs roaming the streets and attacking each other. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Image: Ethnic Uighurs wait with sticks behind a road block in their neighbourhood in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region

Ethnic Uighurs wait with sticks behind a road block in their neighbourhood in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 8, 2009. At least 156 people have been killed in rioting in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, with the government blaming exiled separatists for the traditionally Muslim area's worst case of unrest in years. REUTERS/ Nir Elias (CHINA CONFLICT POLITICS)
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Chinese security forces, center left, get into formation on the People's Square in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. China flooded the capital of western Xinjiang province with security forces Wednesday, and President Hu Jintao cut short a visit to the G8 summit as Beijing tries to stem a tide of ethnic clashes in the wake of a riot that left at least 156 dead. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Chinese security forces gather at a square in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. China's president cut short a G8 summit trip to rush home Wednesday after ethnic tensions soared in Xinjiang territory, and the government flooded the area with security forces in a bid to quell emotions in the wake of a massive riot that left at least 156 dead.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Image: Riots Occur In China's Urumqi Ethnic Region

URUMQI, CHINA - JULY 07: An Uighur woman gestures as she protests in front of policemen on July 7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, China. Hundreds of Uighur people have taken to the streets protesting after their relatives were detained by authorities after Sunday's protest. Ethnic riots in the capital of the Muslim Xinjiang region on Sunday saw 156 people killed. Police officers, soldiers and firefighters were dispatched to contain the rioting with hundreds of people being detained. (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)
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Uighur women grieve for their men who they claim were taken away by Chinese authorities after Sunday's protest in Urumqi, China, Tuesday, July 7 , 2009. Urumqi was tense Tuesday, with protests happening in several parts of the city and both Han Chinese and Uighur groups facing off with armed police. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Image: Ethnic Uygur demonstrate in Urumqi a day after violent protests left over 140 people dead according to official estimates, Xinjiang province, China, 07 July 2009.

epa01785646 A woman belonging to the Chinese Uyghur Moslem minority raises a fist as she walks away from rows of riot police during a demonstration in Urumqi 7 July 2009, a day after violent protests left over 140 people dead according to official estimates, in Xinjiang province EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL
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Image: Armed Chinese policemen march towards a group of local women during a confrontation along a street in the city of Urumqi

Armed Chinese policemen march towards a group of local women during a confrontation along a street in the city of Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 7, 2009. Hundreds of Uighurs protesting against the arrest of relatives clashed with police in the capital of China's Muslim region of Xinjiang on Tuesday two days after ethnic unrest left 156 dead and 1,080 wounded. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)
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Image: A woman holds onto a Chinese policeman as a crowd of locals confront security forces along a street in the city of Urumqi

A woman holds onto a Chinese policeman as a crowd of locals confront security forces along a street in the city of Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 7, 2009. Hundreds of Uighurs protesting against the arrest of relatives clashed with police in the capital of China's Muslim region of Xinjiang on Tuesday two days after ethnic unrest left 156 dead and 1,080 wounded. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)
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epa01785626 Soldiers get ready to charge during a protest in Urumqi, China, 07 July 2009. Authorities said at least 140 people were killed and over 800 injured when Muslim Uighurs rioted in its restive Xinjiang region in some of the deadliest ethnic unrest to have hit the country for decades. The violence in the regional capital Urumqi on July 5 involved thousands of people, and triggered an enormous security crackdown across Xinjiang where tensions have long simmered amid Uighur claims of repressive Chinese rule. EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN
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epa01785615 A women belonging to the Chinese Uyghur Moslem miniority faints during a protest while other women cry in Urumqi, China, 07 July 2009. Authorities said at least 140 people were killed and over 800 injured when Muslim Uighurs rioted in its restive Xinjiang region in some of the deadliest ethnic unrest to have hit the country for decades. The violence in the regional capital Urumqi on July 5 involved thousands of people, and triggered an enormous security crackdown across Xinjiang where tensions have long simmered amid Uighur claims of repressive Chinese rule. EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN
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The ethnic Han Chinese vigilante group with helmets, shields and clubs patrols streets of Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Monday night, July 6, 2009 after Sunday night's riot. State media said at least 156 people were killed in the deadliest ethnic violence in decades in western China's Muslim region. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) ** JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES **
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090706) -- URUMQI, July 6, 2009 -- Vehicles set on fire and destroyed in Sunday night's riot are seen on Beiwan Street in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, July 6, 2009. The death toll has risen to 140 following Sunday night's riot in Urumqi, the region's government said on Monday. The bodies of 57 people have been retrieved from Urumqi's streets and lanes, while all the others were confirmed dead at hospitals. At least 828 people were injured in the deadly violence. Rioters burned 261 motor vehicles, including 190 buses, at least 10 taxis and two police cars. A preliminary investigation showed 203 shops and 14 homes were destroyed in the riot. Shen Qiao) (zw) (Credit Image: © Xinhua/ZUMA Press)
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In this image made from video, a fire burns in the street in Urumqi, China, the capital of western China's Muslim region during the deadliest ethnic violence in decades on Sunday, July 5, 2009. (AP Photo/APTN)
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Image: Handout photo shows wounded people attended by medical staff following riots in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, in China

Medical staff attend to the wounded following riots in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, in China in this handout photo which officials say was taken in the late evening of July 5, 2009 and released July 6, 2009. At least 140 people have been killed in rioting in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, with the government blaming exiled separatists for the Muslim area's worst case of unrest in years. Hundreds of rioters have been arrested, the official Xinhua news agency reported, after rock-throwing Uighur people took to the streets of the regional capital on Sunday, some burning and smashing vehicles and confronting ranks of anti-riot police. REUTERS/Chinese Information Bureau/Handout (CHINA CONFLICT POLITICS HEALTH IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
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In this image made from video, people try to overturn a bus in Urumqi, China on Sunday, July 5, 2009. (AP Photo/APTN)
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A man passes the burnt wreck of a car on a street in Urumqi in China's far west Xinjiang province on July 6, 2009. China said on July 6 at least 140 people were killed and over 800 injured when Muslim Uighurs rioted in its restive Xinjiang region in some of the deadliest ethnic unrest to have hit the country for decades. The violence in the regional capital Urumqi late on July 5 involved thousands of people, and triggered an enormous security crackdown across Xinjiang where tensions have long simmered amid Uighur claims of repressive Chinese rule. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents pass by a burnt shop front following riots in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Monday, July 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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A frame grab of a television screen created on July 6, 2009 shows a broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) in which two bloodstained women are seen on a street in Urumqi, the capital of China's Autonomous Region of Xinjiang on July 5, 2009. Footage also showed a crowd of men pushing over a police car, smashing its windows and throwing stones at it. The televised report said the violence was orchestrated by Rebiya Kadeer, head of the World Uighur Congress, who now lives in exile in the United States. But an emailed statement from exiled Uighurs citing Kadeer disputed the official version of events, saying that Chinese security forces had over-reacted in quelling peaceful protests by Uighur students. The report added that calm had now been restored to the city, which is home to about eight million Uighurs. CHINA OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO/CCTV (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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In this video photo taken from CCTV via APTN, protesters turn over a police car on street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Sunday, July 5, 2009. Nearly 1,000 protesters from a Muslim ethnic group rioted in China's far west, overturning barricades, attacking bystanders and clashing with police in violence that killed at least three people, including a policeman, state media and witnesses said. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN) ** FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY, CHINA OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE **
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In this image released by un-named local citizen Sunday July 5, 2009, shows protestors gathering in Urumqi, in China's western Xinjiang region Sunday July 5, 2009. A protest that began peacefully turned violent Sunday as police fired shots in the air and used batons to disperse the crowd that swelled to nearly a thousand, according to a protester and an overseas rights activist. (AP Photo) ** CHINA OUT **
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Image: Video grab from Xinjiang TV shows a crying woman carrying baby next to a soldier in Urumqi

REFILE - ADDING RESTRICTIONS A video grab from Xinjiang TV shows a crying woman carrying her baby next to a soldier in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China July 6, 2009. At least 140 people have been killed in rioting in the capital of China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, with the government blaming exiled Muslim separatists for the area's worst case of ethnic unrest in years. REUTERS/Xinjiang TV via Reuters TV (CHINA CONFLICT POLITICS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
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Image: Nearly 1,000 protesters from a Muslim ethnic group rioted in China's far west

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, firefighters put out a fire on a bus in Dawannanlu Street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday, July 5, 2009. Nearly 1,000 protesters from a Muslim ethnic group rioted in China's far west, overturning barricades, attacking bystanders and clashing with police in violence that killed at least three people, including a policeman, state media and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Shen Qiao) ** NO SALES **
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