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Another Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China: report

A young Tibetan monk tried to set himself on fire in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Monday while holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama, AsiaNews said, citing sources in the Tibetan government in exile in India. It said the monk, who was identified as Kalsang and believed…

South Africa drags feet in democracy struggle: Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday criticised South Africa for stalling on awarding a visa to the Dalai Lama and for lacking “enthusiasm” in fighting for democracy elsewhere. “Sometimes we get the feeling perhaps that South Africa, or rather I must be frank and say perhaps South…

China assails U.S. over Dalai Lama, fallout seen limited

BEIJING (Reuters) – China stepped up its criticism of Washington on Monday after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, but stopped short of threatening retaliation, indicating Beijing was keen to avoid escalating tensions between the world’s biggest economies. Obama met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader for 45 minutes on…

White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – China accused the United States on Saturday of “grossly” interfering in its internal affairs and damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House. Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for some 45 minutes, praising him for embracing…

Obama to meet with Dalai Lama, defying China

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will meet Saturday with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, defying warnings from China after calls built at home to welcome the monk, officials said. The meeting was announced late Friday after a long silence from the Obama administration about whether the president…

Leader of Chinese-ruled Tibet urges crackdown on Dalai Lama

BEIJING — The leader of Chinese-ruled Tibet urged police to crack down on the “separatist” activities of the Dalai Lama in remarks published Wednesday, after the monk repeated his support for regional autonomy. The region’s Communist Party secretary Zhang Qingli equated peace and prosperity in Tibet with wiping out forces…

Dalai Lama says Tibetans support ‘Middle Way’

WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama voiced confidence Monday that Tibetans supported his “Middle Way” of seeking greater rights but staying under China’s rule, despite criticism from some young exiles. The Dalai Lama, who announced earlier this year that he was retiring from political duties, said that it was up to…

Boehner pledges support for Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday pledged support for the Dalai Lama during a meeting at the Capitol, hailing the exiled monk as an example to the United States and the world. The head of the House of Representatives said that US lawmakers spoke with the Dalai…

Dalai Lama rejects role as ‘symbolic’ head of state

DHARAMSHALA, India — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has rejected an offer to become the “symbolic” head of state, a Tibetan official said Wednesday. Samdhong Rinpoche, outgoing premier of the Tibetan government-in-exile, said the Nobel Peace Prize winner had “explained” his reasons for turning down the ceremonial job. A…

Dalai Lama urges restraint in Tibet monastery crisis

DHARAMSHALA, India — The Dalai Lama has urged restraint in a standoff with security forces at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in China, warning of “catastrophic consequences” if the situation deteriorates. “I urge both the monks and the lay Tibetans of the area not to do anything that might be used…

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