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Chinese Uighur Scholar Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Chinese court has convicted a prominent Uighur on separatism charges and sentenced him to life in prison, in a ruling slammed by rights groups as unusually harsh. Ilham Tohti is an economics professor and strident critic of China's treatment of minority Uighurs in the far-west Xinjiang region, where unrest has killed hundreds in recent months.  Prosecutors argued during a two-day trial last week that Tohti promoted separatism and encouraged violence with his lectures,...

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