BBC News - China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life
Ilham Tohti, a university academic, has spoken out on the government's policies towards the Muslim Uighur minority in the restive region of Xinjiang.
Correspondents say China is taking a tougher line on those deemed "separatists" amid rising Xinjiang-linked violence.
Amnesty International has called the verdict "deplorable".
Tohti, who denies the charges against him, has been detained since January. The EU, US and the United Nations have all called for his release.