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Dalai Lama opens Senate session with prayer

The Dalai Lama will lead the US Senate in prayer on Thursday as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader rallies support among leaders of Congress, aides said. It will mark the first time that the Dalai Lama — whose activities overseas are strongly opposed by China — will deliver the prayer…

Watch the Dalai Lama discuss importance of human values in a material world

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso speaks with WSJ's Barbara Chai about the value of compassion and ethics in today's highly materialistic society.…

Bing caught censoring search results in US

No comment. That’s Microsoft’s response to new revelations that the search engine is censoring Chinese searches in the United States — not just in China. Searches on Chinese topics in the U.S. now produce markedly different search results than Google, results that mimic those  in China. China broadly censors the…

British Prime Minister David Cameron heads to China to end Dalai Lama controversy

British Prime Minister David Cameron heads to China on Sunday aiming to reset relations with Beijing after a row over his decision to meet the Dalai Lama. Cameron’s trip is aimed at fostering ties with the new leadership of President Xi Jinping and boosting trade, with more than 100 business…

Dalai Lama urges Myanmar monks to stop attacking Muslims

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Myanmar monks to act according to their Buddhist principles, in a plea to end the deadly violence against the country’s Muslim minority. “Those Burmese monks, please, when they develop some kind of anger towards Muslim brothers and sisters, please, remember the Buddhist faith,” the…

Anger as China ‘restores’ Dalai Lama’s ancestral home

The Chinese town where the Dalai Lama was born is undergoing huge redevelopment, and behind a mountain the exiled spiritual leader’s family home has received a makeover of its own, with a three-metre wall and security cameras installed. The building in Hongai village, at the summit of a towering peak,…

Hackers attack Tibetan government-in-exile’s website

Hackers have attacked the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Chinese-language website with an unidentified virus, making the portal inaccessible, an official spokesman told AFP Tuesday. “Our office cannot access the website and we are trying to figure out what kind of virus is responsible for the problem,” Tashi Phuntsok, spokesman for the exiled…

Senate passes resolution calling on China to ease restrictions on Tibet

The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests. In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored “repressive policies targeting Tibetans” despite warnings from China,…

China steps up surveillance of Tibetan monasteries

BEIJING — A top official in Tibet’s capital has asked authorities to dispatch police to monasteries and step up security on main roads after violent clashes in Tibetan-inhabited areas left at least two dead. Qi Zhala, Lhasa’s Communist Party chief, also ordered a crackdown on “separatist” activities he linked to…

U.S. ‘seriously concerned’ about Tibet violence

WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday it was “seriously concerned” by reports of deadly clashes in Tibetan regions of China, where police are accused of opening fire on peaceful protesters. “We urge the Chinese government to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives as…

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