URUMQI, China – Banks of paramilitary police fanned out in the far-flung Chinese city of Urumqi on Wednesday to try to stifle unrest day...
URUMQI, China – Banks of paramilitary police fanned out in the far-flung Chinese city of Urumqi on Wednesday to try to stifle unrest days after 156 people were killed in the region's worst ethnic violence in decades.
Han Chinese took to the streets for the second day running, and even with helicopters hovering overhead there were scuffles in at least one crowd of around 1,000 as police apparently seized ringleaders, prompting cries of "release them."
The continuing instability prompted President Hu Jintao to abandon plans to attend a G8 summit in Italy, and he returned home to monitor developments in energy-rich Xinjiang, where 1,080 people were also wounded in rioting and 1,434 have been arrested.
PERPIGNAN, France – Thomas Voeckler of France claimed a solo victory Wednesday in the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a 122-mile ride from Le Cap d'Agde to Perpignan.
Following a long breakaway, Voeckler made his move 3.1 miles from the finish to escape from a small group of riders and cross the finish line by himself.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the yellow leader's jersey. Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is second overall, by a fraction of a second, with Astanta teammate Alberto Contador of Spain 19 seconds back in third.
ARUSHA, Tanzania – Tanzanian officials say 13 bodies and a plane seat have washed ashore on their beaches and investigators are trying to figure out if those are linked to the Yemenia Airways plane crash hundreds of miles away.
TEGUCIGALPA – The two rivals in Honduras' political crisis prepared on Wednesday to open talks on a solution to last month's coup and a senior U.S. official pledged Washington's strong support for the dialogue.
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he is ready to hold a dialogue with those who toppled him at gunpoint on June 28 and sent him into exile.
BAGHDAD – An insurgent group linked to al-Qaeda urged militants to continue attacks against U.S. forces even after combat troops were pulled from city centers, according to an audiotape released on Wednesday.
"Even if the Americans remain nowhere but a small spot in the Iraqi desert.. every Muslim should battle them until they are expelled," the voice, believed to be Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq, said in the recording.