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Assailants armed with knives attacked a checkpoint in China's restive Xinjiang Province Tuesday, killing three more police officers and critically wounding a fourth. The deaths bring to 31 the number of casualties in the Muslim-dominated region since the run-up began to the Olympic Summer Games. Activists in the ethnic Uighur community said at least 90 people have been arrested since the violence began and alleged that authorities were beating and torturing them.

Militant Muslim separatists in the southern Philippines "are withdrawing from the conflict areas" and expect fighting with government troops to be over by Wednesday, a spokesman said.The Moro Islamic Liberation Front lacks the resources to deliver a knockout punch in its bid to take over predominantly Roman Catholic villages, analysts said, but it appeared still to be in control of eight of them. Amid the fighting, the UN's World Food Program was airlifting 400 tons of rice to noncombatants who've fled the violence.

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