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Exiled Tibetans elect new leader

DHARAMSHALA, India – Thousands of Tibetans worldwide voted on Sunday for a new political leader who hopes to become a fresh face of their struggle for freedom in China, a cause embodied for decades by the Dalai Lama. The revered monk, 75, announced 10 days ago that he wanted to…

Exiled Tibetans to elect new leader

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – Thousands of Tibetans worldwide vote Sunday for a new leader who hopes eventually to become the new face of the struggle for freedom in China, a cause embodied for decades by the Dalai Lama. The famous and celebrated monk, now 75, announced 10 days ago that…

Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. Skip related content The 75-year-old spiritual leader announced last week that he wanted to shed his role as political chief of the government-in-exile…

Dalai Lama pleads for right to ‘retire’

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – The Dalai Lama pleaded with exiled Tibetan MPs on Monday to accept his resignation as their political leader, warning that a delayed handover could pose “an overwhelming challenge”. In a letter read out to the exiled parliament, the 75-year-old Nobel peace laureate argued that the Tibetan…

Dalai Lama to resign political role

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – The Dalai Lama announced Thursday his plan to retire as political head of the exiled Tibetan movement, saying the time had come for his replacement by a “freely elected” leader. The Dalai Lama, whose more significant role is as the movement’s spiritual leader, said he would…

Dalai Lama gives $50K to support brain research

Dalai Lama gives $50,000 grant to support Wisconsin research into kindness, compassion The Dalai Lama is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tibetan spiritual leader has given $50,000 from his personal trust to support research into the science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The…

Twitter reaches his holiness, now online @DalaiLama

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has joined micro-blogging service Twitter, attracting over 55,000 followers in just two days. The Dalai Lama’s Twitter feed — @DalaiLama — was launched on Monday, a day after he met in Los Angeles with Evan Williams, one of Twitter’s founders. “Met the Dalai…

Facing Chinese pressure, White House refuses to cancel Dalai Lama meeting

The United States has escalated a mounting row on multiple fronts with China, refusing Beijing’s demand to cancel President Barack Obama’s meeting next week with the Dalai Lama. The deepening public spat over Tibet, a row over US arms sales to Taiwan, China’s dispute with Google and trade and currency…

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