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China’s airline to launch regular flight from Urumqi to Lahore in June

BEIJING: China Southern will launch regular flights between Urumqi, the capital of Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and the Pakistani city of Lahore in June this year. China Southern Airlines will launch 11 new domestic routes in the region, according to Xu Jianmin, vice sales manager of the company’s Xinjiang branch on Tuesday. Five of the routes, according to Pakistan’s state-run wire service, will connect regional cities such as Yining, Karamay and Korla with cities in central and southern parts…

China sentences 113 on terror crimes in Xinjiang

Courts in China's western Xinjiang region have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life for terrorist activities and other crimes, the Xinjiang government said, the latest in a slew of prosecutions targeting militant separatism. The sentences come after Beijing has vowed to crack down on religious extremists and separatist groups, which it blames for a series of violent attacks in Xinjiang, the traditional home of the Muslim Uighurs, and elsewhere. Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say…