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    Malaysia Releases Uighurs Despite China’s Request

    They won’t be re-educated — yet. Resisting Beijing’s call for their repatriation, prosecutors freed 11 ethnic Uighur Chinese citizens who escaped from a Thai prison and fled to Malaysia last year. Officials dropped immigration charges against the men on humanitarian grounds and allowed them to fly to Turkey. The move’s expected to further sour ties between China — which has accused Uighurs of radicalization and detained them en masse for “re-education” — and Malaysia, where Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has canceled $20 billion in projects previously awarded to Chinese firms.

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