China Sentences 9 More in Xinjiang
China is continuing its anti-terror campaign in the violence-hit western region of Xinjiang, sentencing nine more people to jail at a public rally.
State media say the jail sentences ranged from three to 14 years for offenses including preaching jihad and inciting separatism and ethnic hatred.
The People's Daily says 3,000 people attended the mass sentencing, which authorities are using to try to win public support for their crackdown.
An official in Qapqal county, where the sentencing was held, called for a "people's war" against terrorism, saying citizens should "resolutely smash the evil plots of the enemy."
Authorities last week announced they arrested almost 380 suspects and convicted over 315 people during the first month of the year-long security crackdown in Xinjiang.
Around 200 people have died in unrest over the past year in Xinjiang, many in a series of increasingly complex attacks targeting civilians.
这个立场令逃离激进分子攻势的伊拉克人感到不安。其中一人说：“根本谈不上安全局势。 激进分子向哈穆迪亚发射火箭炮弹，当地人都逃走了。我们看不到任何军队， 没有岗哨，没有军队，也没有当官的。 我们只好扔下一切财产，扔下我们的家具和钱财， 跑了出来。”
美国国务卿克里在布鲁塞尔的北约会议上说， 美国关心谁出面领导伊拉克，但美国在伊拉克组建新政府之际不会进行干预。克里国务卿说：“我们要记住，‘伊拉克和黎凡特伊斯兰国’是恐怖主义军队，他们不仅威胁到伊拉克，而且威胁到中东地区反对他们的每个国家， 威胁到欧洲和美国。要打赢这场战斗， 伊拉克人必须最终团结起来，组成一个包容性政府。”
Kerry in Paris Meeting on Iraq
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing his focus on the crisis in Iraq as he meets Thursday in Paris with his counterparts from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The State Department says the talks will include both the security situation in Iraq and the civil war in neighboring Syria.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's on Wednesday decided not to form an emergency government to help the country out of its crisis. Mr. Maliki said such a move would go against the country's constitution and the results of Iraq's April 30 parliamentary elections.
The Prime Minister's stance provided little comfort for thousands trying to outrun the militants. One of them said: "The security situation now is zero. We've seen no soldiers, no army, nobody. There are no checkpoints, there is not army. We haven't seen officials at all. So we left our stuff, our beds, our money."
In Brussels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at a NATO meeting that the U.S. is interested in who leads Iraq, but is not interfering as Baghdad forms a new government. Kerry said: "We need to remember that ISIL is a terrorist army that threatens not only Iraq, but threatens every country in the region which is opposed to it, and Europe and the United States. Succeeding in this fight is going to require Iraqis to come together finally, in order to form an inclusive government
The U.N's special representative in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, believes the international community has a greater influence in resolving the conflict. He said: "The risk of further sectarian or sectarianization of the conflict remains, however, I think the more the international community is aware of that risk, the more that risk is mitigated
Mr. Maliki's Shi'ite-led government has faced criticism of sidelining the minorities and breeding sectarian tensions. The militants from the al-Qaida breakaway group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have seized vast areas across northern and western Iraq.
The United States is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraq counter the militants.