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BBC News - Cambodia sends 20 Uighur asylum seekers back to China

BBC News - Cambodia sends 20 Uighur asylum seekers back to China: "A group of 20 Chinese Uighurs who fled to Cambodia after ethnic riots in July have been deported back to China.

The United Nations refugee agency strongly condemned the deportation, saying Cambodia had committed a grave breach of international refugee law.

The decision follows intense pressure by China, which has referred to the group as criminals.

Human rights groups have warned that the group is likely to face persecution on return to China.

The expulsions came ahead of a visit to Cambodia by Chinese Vice-President Xi Jingping on Sunday. There has been no immediate comment from the Chinese foreign ministry.

Death sentences

A protest by Uighurs in the city of Urumqi, in Xinjiang region, erupted into violence in July, leaving at least 197 people dead.

Shops were smashed and vehicles set alight while passers-by were set upon by Uighur rioters in the city, whose population is mostly from China's dominant Han group.

Grou…

Obama Approves $30 Billion in Military Aid to Israel Over Next Decade -- News from Antiwar.com

Obama Approves $30 Billion in Military Aid to Israel Over Next Decade -- News from Antiwar.com: "As the single largest expense of the 2010 foreign aid budget, President Obama approved $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel, the first payment in a decade-long commitment that will reach at least $30 billion."

US Attacking Yemen After All -- News from Antiwar.com

US Attacking Yemen After All -- News from Antiwar.com: "Just one day after a very public denial that American forces were in the process of attacking sites in Northern Yemen, President Barack Obama ordered multiple cruise missile attacks on sites across the tiny, coastal nation.
The air strikes were coordinated with the government of President Ali Abdallah Saleh and the attacks left 120 killed, many of them civilians according to witnesses. President Obama called Saleh after the attack to “congratulate” him on the killings. The Yemeni government denied any US role in the attacks, despite American officials’ admissions. This is largely in keeping with the Saleh government’s policy, as they angrily denied reports of Saudi attacks in the north as a myth even as the Saudi government was giving a press conference detailing the attack.One Yemeni official however claimed that a local al-Qaeda “deputy” named Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Ali Al-Kazemi was slain, and that “scores” of al-Qaeda me…

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Nigeria rebels 'attack pipeline'

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Nigeria rebels 'attack pipeline': "Nigerian rebel fighters say they have attacked an oil pipeline operated by international oil giants Shell and Chevron in the south of the country.

The attack in Rivers State on Saturday would be the first since an indefinite ceasefire was announced on October 25 in response to a government amnesty for fighters who gave up their arms.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said in a statement the 'warning strike [was] carried out by five boats involving 35 ... fighters armed with assault rifles, rocket launchers and heavy calibre machine guns.'"