Cities Along the Silk Road

Rescuers struggling to reach quake victims in northwest Iran

A victim of Saturday's earthquake makes her way among the ruins of buildings in a village near the city of Varzaqan.Photo: AP Photo/Mehr News Agency

Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims yesterday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people.

Monday, 13 August, 2012, 8:50am

Jail terms for 20 rebel Uygurs

Courts in the restive western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 20 ethnic Uygurs to jail for up to 15 years for terrorism and separatist crimes, as local authorities continue stepped-up efforts to maintain stability ahead of a key party congress this autumn.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Xinjiang violence nothing to fuss about, official says

A top Xinjiang official and National People's Congress deputy says it is normal for an area with ethnic tensions to have rioting like the region has seen in recent years.

Li Zhi, deputy chief of the autonomous region's people's congress since 2008, made his remarks on the sidelines of the annual NPC session on Monday in response to questions about events in the region.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ten hacked to death in Kashgar rampage

At least 10 people were hacked to death when mobs went on the rampage in the restive Xinjiang region yesterday evening, state media reported.

They attacked at about 6pm on Xingfu Street in Yecheng, Kashgar prefecture, witnesses were quoted as saying by Xinhua, adding that numerous others were injured.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Blessings - Enlightenment

Ink-and-colour paintings illuminated with gold (including Blessings 10, left) by Sun Guangyi that are evocative of the Buddhist paintings at ancient sites such as Dunhuang. Tue-Sat, 9.30am- 6.30pm, Sun, 1.30pm-6.30pm, Sin Sin Fine Art, 53-54 Sai St, Central. Inquiries: 2858 5072. Ends Feb 10

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Traces: On the Road Again

Stanley Wong Ping-Pui's (aka anothermountainman) photographs of Chinese characters taken around the world over the past 15 years (eg, Kanzi 9) and the desert landscape around Dunhuang. Today-Sun, 11am-8pm, Future Industries Gallery, 21/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D'Aguilar St, Central. Inquiries: 6343 9903. Ends Dec 18

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Traveling the Silk Road

Traveling the Silk Road by Mark Norell, Denise Patry Leidy and the American Museum of Natural History Sterling Signature

If nothing else this book, Traveling the Silk Road - Ancient Pathway to the Modern World, leaves the reader with a new appreciation for camels.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Xian's cultural core seeks investors

Qujiang new district, known as Xian's cultural core, is seeking to raise money in Hong Kong to strengthen its role as a cultural hub for western China. At a ceremony yesterday, 21 projects were signed for total investment of 23 billion yuan (HK$28 billion).

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing unveils incentives for Xinjiang SEZs

Beijing has revealed details of its plan to fast-track special economic zones in two border cities in Xinjiang under its campaign of economic development to ease ethnic tensions in the far-western region.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Police admit negligence in sex slave case

Police in Henan province yesterday made a public apology for failing to detect a sex-slave scandal which has sparked a panic over public safety.

Guo Congbin, director of the public security bureau of Luoyang city in Henan, told a press conference that four district police officials had been suspended from duty for negligence, Xinhua reported.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Was reporter killed over waste oil story?

A news reporter with Luoyang TV in Henan province was found stabbed to death early Monday morning, sparking fears that he may have been targeted for his investigative reports.

Li Xiang, 30, was on his way home after a late-night karaoke session with friends when he was stabbed at least 10 times near an estate where he lived, The Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Militants had no overseas terror links, official says

The militant groups that launched three bloody attacks in Hotan and Kashgar in late July were homegrown and had no foreign terror links, Xinjiang authorities said yesterday as they released new details about the assailants.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

Hongkonger dead, four hurt in Silk Road crash

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Security chief talks tough on Xinjiang

The mainland's top police officer yesterday promised tougher action against violent crime and terrorism to protect stability in Xinjiang, where Turkic-speaking Uygurs make up nearly half the population.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Attackers were 'trained in Pakistan'

Local authorities said yesterday that Muslim extremists trained in Pakistan masterminded one of two deadly attacks over the weekend in restive Xinjiang, which left six victims and five assailants dead.

A police investigation found that organisers of Sunday's attack had learnt gun- and bomb-making skills at a terrorist camp in Pakistan, the Kashgar city government said.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am