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October 24, 2014
Dances with wolves in China's wild west
Jimsar, China (AFP) Oct 23, 2014
Facing down a pack of snarling wolves - the symbol of the Uighur minority in China's violence-wracked far west - businessman Yang Changsheng offered a sausage in friendship. "I have a deep feeling for wolves. They will attack other people, but not me," said Yang, who breeds the animals high in the snow-capped Tianshan mountains, in the vast border region of Xinjiang. The area usually hits the headlines for violent clashes involving Uighurs which have killed hundreds in the past year, and which ... read more

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