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China Puts Prominent Uighur Scholar on Trial for Separatism

A prominent Chinese academic who is critical of Beijing's treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority group is set to stand trial Wednesday on charges of separatism. Ilham Tohti is an economics professor and outspoken member of the mainly Muslim group that has long complained of persecution in the far-western Xinjiang region. Tohti, who denies the separatism charges, faces a possible sentence of life in prison if, as expected, he is convicted by the court in Urumqi, the capital of the...

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