File - In July 17, 2014, photo, police officers ride a motorcycle on the streets of Aksu in western China's Xinjiang province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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A city in China's restive western region of Xinjiang has banned people with headscarves, veils and long beards from boarding buses, as the government battles unrest with a policy that critics said discriminates against Muslims.Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people, who speak a Turkic language, has been beset for years by violence that the government blames on Islamist militants and separatists.Authorities will prohibit five groups of passengers – those with veils, those with headscarves, those with a loose-fitting garment called a jilbab, those with clothing with the crescent moon and star, and those with long beards – from boarding buses in the city of Karamay.
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