Briefly: Amnesty International says forced evictions rising in China

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BEIJING — Cases of people being forcibly evicted from their homes and land have risen significantly in China, becoming the single greatest source of public discontent and a serious threat to the country’s social and political stability, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Forced demolitions long have been a way of life in China. Decades of economic growth have been driven by real estate development, much of it on the backs of millions of residents forced to relocate to make way for factories and business ventures.

But evictions have escalated over the past three years during a nationwide construction boom spurred by massive stimulus spending after the global financial crisis, Amnesty International said in its report.

The report cites Chinese housing rights activists, lawyers and academics, but does not provide estimates for the total number of evictions.

The Chinese government dismissed the report as biased and lacking in any credibility.

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A government administrator in Orakzai region, Salim Khan, said 15 insurgents also were wounded in the drone attack near Biland village bordering the North Waziristan tribal region.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the dead and wounded men were fighters loyal to militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is based in North Waziristan.

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