Huge blast rocks China gas plant, ‘many injured’: state media | AFP

A huge explosion rocked a gas plant in central China on Friday, causing many injuries and shattering windows and doors of buildings in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius, state media said. IMAGES

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As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists | AFP

From the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Tianshan, Chinese authorities are promoting the western Xinjiang region as a tourist idyll, welcoming travellers even as they send locals into internment camps. The government has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in the tightly-controlled region in China’s northwest, but it has also created a parallel universe for visitors, who are only shown a carefully curated version of traditional customs and culture.

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Today in History for July 15th

Highlights of this day in history: President Richard Nixon announces his breakthrough trip to China; Fashion designer Gianni Versace slain; Aerospace giant Boeing founded; Dutch painter Rembrandt born. (July 15)

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Hong Kong protesters and police clash inside mall | AFP

Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating.

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Thousands march in latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march | AFP

Thousands snake through streets in Hong Kong’s suburban Sha Tin town in the latest continuation of protests sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. COMPLETES VIDI1IQ4YP_EN, VIDI1IQ6VR_EN, VIDI1IQ66B_EN and VIDI1IQ84Z_EN

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Mall clashes at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march | AFP

Riot police and protesters fight running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall after nightfall as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. IMAGES

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Tense standoff after dark in latest Hong Kong protest | AFP

Police and protesters clash again in Hong Kong as unrest caused by a widely-loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. IMAGES

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