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Besides viewing awesome sites that are culturally and religiously significant, travellers on ziarah tours come away with a better understanding of their faith.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The murder of a state-backed imam in China's Xinjiang region underscores an escalation in 18 months of violence and could be part of a bid by extremists to persuade moderate Muslim Uighurs to turn against Beijing's controlled current of Islam.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants shot dead a Somali lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Friday by blocking his car and spraying him with bullets, police and witnesses said, after the fifth killing of a legislator in less than four months.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Nine militants were shot dead and one captured in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state media said, the latest bout of violence in a week in which dozens have been killed there.
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese state media said Sunday that 37 civilians and 59 "terrorists" were killed last week in an attack in Xinjiang, home to China's mainly Muslim Uighur minority.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Masked militants attacked civilians, police and officials last week in China's far western region of Xinjiang leading to almost 100 deaths, the government said on Sunday, giving fresh details on one of the worst incidents of unrest in years.