China Kills 'Several Terrorists' in Xinjiang
Chinese police have shot dead what state media say are "several terrorists" in the western Xinjiang region where Beijing says it is fighting an Islamic separatist movement.
The official Xinhua news agency said Friday the "terrorists, riding motorbikes and cars, attacked a team of police" in front of a park in Wushi County in the Aksu Prefecture.
The brief report said the "terrorists had unknown number of LNG cylinders in their car which they had attempted to use as suicide bombs."
Clashes occasionally break out between state security forces and ethnic Uighur Muslims who complain of religious and cultural persecution by the Beijing government.
The government blames most of the attacks on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement. China says the group is fighting for independence and is backed by foreign extremists.
Many international human rights groups say China is exaggerating the threat in order to justify its repression of Muslim religious life.
When such clashes occur, exiled Uighur activists almost invariably blame China's heavy-handed police tactics for the violence.
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Virginia Ban on Gay Marriage Overruled
A federal judge has found the ban on gay marriage in the southeastern U.S. state of Virginia to be unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled late Thursday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage violates the right to due process and equal protection under the law. However, Wright Allen imposed a stay on his decision so no couples can marry before unless his ruling is upheld on appeal.
Currently, 17 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. allow same-sex marriage, while 33 states ban it. Virginia's gay marriage dispute is likely to go on to the Supreme Court.
Judge Wright Allen said Virginia's marriage laws unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry.
The Virginia decision comes just weeks after judges threw out bans on gay marriage in Oklahoma and in Utah.
In Indiana this week, a judge ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage will not go to a referendum vote in November.
Also this week, a judge in Kentucky ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, although the court did not rule on the the constitutionality of performing same-sex marriages in Kentucky.