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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…