Chinese Police Kill 3 Uighur 'Terrorists'
Chinese police say they have shot and killed three people described as knife-wielding militants from the mainly Muslim far western region of Xinjiang.
A fourth person was injured in the incident that occurred Monday in the northeastern city of Shenyang, according to social media posting by city police.
"Four terrorists armed with knives resisted arrest, (and) police fired shots only after the terrorists ignored warnings," according to the statement.
Officials and state media described the men as ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang, which has seen a disturbing increase in violent attacks against official and civilian targets.
Many exiled Uighurs see the violence as a desperate response to China's religious and economic discrimination against Uighurs, who have fled the region and even the country in waves.
Beijing denies discriminating against the Turkic-speaking Uighurs, saying it is pouring money into the region and improving living standards.
US Military Considers Lifting Ban on Transgender Personnel
The U.S. military will consider allowing transgender individuals to join, and there will be a six-month study into the issue.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ordered the review Monday, saying the "Defense Department's current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions."
Carter said he is creating a working group to review current policies banning transgender individuals. However, he said the group will begin the process with "the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness..."
In 2011, the U.S. military formally ended its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that allowed gays to serve only if they did not reveal their sexual orientation.