They had planned to use them against local authorities, but the depot was empty, he says.
His website had carried 'politically sensitive' stories about Uyghur history and culture.
Sources say the new policy is the latest restriction on the use of bladed tools in the Uyghur region.
A woman says she and her children are being held against their will by her brothers-in-law.
One local businessman says China's 'ridiculous policy' has failed to take hold.
Student spies check for 'separatism' and 'extremism,' are rewarded with future advancement in careers.
Cash rewards are offered for his capture, while punishment is threatened for helping him escape.
Mass jailings have left farmers without help, and they are forbidden to travel to look for work.
The disease has been partly controlled in the region’s north, but has spread rapidly among young males in the south.
Young political prisoner recounts how China’s post-9/11 crackdown sundered his once prosperous family.
The money is meant to undermine opposition to Chinese rule in Xinjiang, Uyghur sources say.
Exiled Uyghur leader urges international attention to ensure safety of Uyghur refugees stranded in Thailand and due process for those sent back to China.
Defense attorney says he will consult Turkish embassy in deciding whether to appeal the verdict.
But Amnesty says returning nearly 100 refugees to China is "akin to the worst punishment imaginable" and breaks international law.
UN says it is "shocked" at Thai move as Turks protest in Instanbul and Uyghur exiles fear worst for group.
They are among a group detained for more than a year after fleeing persecution at home.
The women and children were part of a group detained for 15 months after fleeing China.