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China forces medical exams and DNA sampling on Uyghur Muslims

By: RFA Source: RFA Ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are being given mandatory health examinations that include DNA collection, according to residents, causing concern among some observers who have called on Beijing to explain its motive behind the mass checkups. According to reports by China’s state media, the “General People’s Health Examination Project” that began in September 2016 and ended in March this year provided checkups for 17.5 million people throughout the region, including 9.2 million in predominantly Uyghur-populated southern Xinjiang. The examinations were carried out on more than 90 percent of the residents of the entire region, and more than 98...

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25 killed by suicide bomber in Pakistan, ISIS claims responsibility

By: Gul Yusufzai Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – A bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate on Friday in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan, killing at least 25 people, officials said. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing. The group’s Amaq news agency said a bomber wearing an explosive vest carried out the attack, which was condemned by a former local ISIS affiliate. At least 35 people were wounded in the blast near the town of Mastung, 50 km (30 miles) from the provincial capital of Quetta. Television footage showed a vehicle mangled by the blast. Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the deputy...

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Afghanistan: After deal pro-Taliban militant leader calls for peace

By: Ahmad Sultan Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) – In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. “I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war,” Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said  to a gathering of his followers and Afghan politicians in Laghman province, east of the capital, Kabul. “I want a free, proud, independent and Islamic Afghanistan,” he said. In February the United Nations Security Council agreed to drop sanctions...

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