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China Sends 1000s of Troops to Urumqi to Quell Unrest

Thousands of paramilitary police troops have been sent to the capital city of Urumqi in Xinjiang province in China in an effort to stop the violence that has erupted between ethnic Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs. 156 people died in riots on Sunday. In addition to the huge show of force, China has also imposed a curfew in the city. President Hu Jintao left the G8 summit early yesterday to deal with the situation from Beijing, Associated Press.

You can read about the riots, which the Chinese government blames solely on the Uigurs, from the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua. For the Uighur perspective, see World Uyghur Congress, the Uyghur Human Rights Project, and, for excellent video, Uighur News.

The G8 (Group of 8: US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia) summit is underway in L’Aquila, Italy. L’Aquila, the site of devastating earthquakes last April that killed 300 people and left 45,000 homeless, was chosen as the venue as a show of support and a promise of rebuilding. Topics will include the current economic crisis, the environment, and the situation in Iran, CNN.

Researchers in England say they have made human sperm out of stem cells. BBC News has a video tour of the Newcastle lab with an explanation of how the process works.

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Costa Rica will play host to talks to end the current coup/political crisis in Honduras starting on Thursday, AFP.

Results from this week’s elections in Indonesia are expected on July 25th. Exit polling indicates that President Yudhoyono should handily win reelection. Yudhoyono’s goals include continuing economic growth and stamping out corruption. Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world after India and the US. It is comprised of 17,000 islands and is a Muslim majority country.  In a huge electoral operation, more than 176 million people were eligible to vote at 450,000 polling stations. Voting is said to have gone smoothly, Reuters.

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Iran Convicts Journalist of Spying

Iran convicts journalist of spying. Roxana Saberi is a journalist with dual Iranian and American citizenship who was arrested in Iran in January for buying alcohol. The second reason given for the arrest was an accusation Saberi was working in Iran without proper press credentials, but that charge was later changed to spying for the United States, USA Today.

Pirate attacks continue. Dutch commandos working under the authority of NATO freed 20 hostages from pirates, New York Times.

New guidelines on stem cell research from the NIH. In a change from the policy under President Bush, the National Institutes of Health have announced that researchers may use discarded stem cells obtained from fertility clinics, but that stem cells cannot be created specifically for research, NPR.

18 die in mine explosion in China. China reported the deaths of 3,200 mine workers last year but analysts say the actual number is even higher, BBC News.

North Korea announces it considers tougher sanctions a declaration of war. North Korea’s launch of a rocket using ballistic missile technology earlier this month prompted condemnation by the United Nations. North Korea insists the launch was not a weapons test but an attempt to put a satellite into orbit, CNN.

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