Vehicles travel along Chang'an Avenue as smoke raises in front of a portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this October 28, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Staff/Files
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A court in western China sentenced three people to death Monday for planning a deadly car ramming at Beijing's iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that was blamed on Muslim separatists, state media reported.The three were accused of providing funds to carry out the Oct. 28 attack, in which a car plowed through tourists and ended up in a fiery crash in the heart of Beijing, killing two bystanders and the three attackers.Five other people were given prison sentences, with four receiving terms of five to 20 years and one getting a life sentence.The attack was the first to strike Beijing in recent years.
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