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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…

Dalai Lama’s political successor sworn in

Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office Monday as head of the Tibetan government in exile, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese “colonialism”. After being sworn in at a colourful ceremony in the Indian hill town of Dharamshala, Sangay warned China that the Tibet movement was “here to…

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…

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