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China clashes with villagers over mosque

REPORTING FROM BEIJINGMuslim villagers exploded in anger as Chinese authorities demolished a refurbished mosque scheduled for an opening ceremony Jan. 1, villagers and a human rights organization said.

At least two people were reported killed in a clash between villagers and authorities Friday, with some reports out of Hong Kong suggesting the death toll was as high as five. The incident took place in a village called Taoshan in the Ningxia region of north-central China.