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U.S., China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row

Jul 08, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The Tibet action comes under a 2018 law passed by Congress that aims to pressure China over its tight restrictions in the Himalayan region

TIBET ROW. In this file photo, a lama stands on the roof of the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province on January 5, 2016. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Indian and Chinese troops in deadly border clash

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Brawls erupt regularly between the two nuclear-armed giants across their disputed 3,500-kilometer frontier, but no one has been killed in decades

BORDER CLASH. This file photo taken on September 14, 2018 shows a general view of the Pangong Lake in Leh district of Union territory of Ladakh bordering India and China.File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

U.S. presses China on Panchen Lama 25 years after disappearance

May 15, 2020 - 10:31 AM

On May 14, 1995, the exiled Dalai Lama recognized six-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama. The boy was taken into custody 3 days later and has not been seen since.

MISSING. In this file photo taken on May 17, 2013 Pro-Tibetan protestors hold picures of Gendun Cheokyi Nyima (the Panchen Lama) during a demonstration outside the Chinese consulate in Barcelona in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Dalai Lama calls for 'universal responsibility' on Earth Day

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:23 PM

'In the midst of this struggle (against a pandemic), we are reminded of the value of compassion and mutual support,' says the Tibetan spiritual leader n a statement to mark Earth Day

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Exiled Dalai Lama marks 80 years as Tibet's spiritual leader

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:43 PM

His office says there would be no commemoration of the anniversary, and a teaching event scheduled for March has been canceled over coronavirus fears

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (C) waves to the crowd during the third day of a series of teachings in Bodhgaya on January 4, 2020. STR / AFP

U.S. House votes to warn China against meddling in Dalai Lama succession

Jan 29, 2020 - 12:44 PM

Under the proposal, Washington would freeze any US assets and ban travel to the United States of Chinese officials found to be involved in 'identifying or installing' a government-approved Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (C) waves to the crowd during the third day of a series of teachings in Bodhgaya on January 4, 2020. STR / AFP

French police clear 600 Tibetan migrants from camp outside Paris

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Tibetans have been fleeing their homeland for years because of a crackdown by the Chinese government, which crushed a revolt against Beijing's rule in 1959

ASYLUM SEEKERS. Tibetan asylum seekers gather in prayers to pay a tribute to one of them who died of disease the day before at the hospital, at a refugees and migrants makeshift camp set up by the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest in Acheres, a suburban city some 40 kilometers west of Paris on December 2, 2019. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Why a deadly shadow hangs over Everest summit

May 31, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Questions are being asked about how to police the world's highest peak after the deadliest climbing season in years

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 29, 2018, mountaineers walk near camp two of Mount Everest, as they prepare to ascend on the south face from Nepal. Two more climbers have died on Everest, expedition organisers and officials said on May 25, taking the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded world's highest peak to ten.  PHUNJO LAMA / AFP

Dalai Lama 'doing much better,' should leave hospital in few days – spokesman

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) A representative of the Dalai Lama says he is in New Delhi for a doctor's visit, and is 'doing much better'

AILING. File photo of the Dalai Lama. From Wikipedia

Tibet supporters in India mark 60 years since uprising

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The Dalai Lama remains a thorn in the side to China, which adamantly rejects any suggestion of Tibetan autonomy and blacklisted him as a dangerous 'separatist'

China, Nepal to build Tibet-Kathmandu rail link

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Nepal is seeking closer ties and much-needed energy and infrastructure investment from China, which has flexed greater economic and diplomatic muscle in its Himalayan neighbor in recent years

FRIENDS. Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Two Sherpa guides killed on Everest

May 22, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Since the first British expedition tried and failed to reach Everest's summit in 1921, the mountain has claimed 295 lives, according to the Himalayan Database

EVEREST CLIMBER. Volunteers and friends carry the body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki on a stretcher at a hospital in Kathmandu on May 21, 2018.  Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Fire hits Jokhang monastery, one of Tibet's most sacred

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) Jokhang houses one of Tibetan Buddhism's most venerated icons – the Jowo Shakyamuni, a statue believed to be 1 of just 3 crafted during the Buddha's actual lifetime

Tibetan student self-immolates in India

Jul 15, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Self immolation is regularly used as a protest against China s actions in Tibet

SELF-IMMOLATION. Tibetan refugees hold placards and candles during a vigil following the self-immolation of two Tibetans in Bangalore, India on March 5, 2016. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

China nixes meeting with Slovak PM

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:08 AM

President Andrej Kiska a millionaire businessman and philanthropist turned liberal politician meets privately with the Tibetan spiritual leader in early October

CHINA'S PROTEST. File photo of the Dalai Lama gesturing as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, on September 15, 2016. Frederick Florin/AFP

China criticizes US over Obama meeting with Dalai Lama

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED China says US President Barack Obama s meeting with the Dalai Lama will hurt China US mutual trust and cooperation

Combo of file photos shows US president Barack Obama (L) and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Mandel Ngan & Toru Yamanaka/Files/AFP

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Obama to meet Dalai Lama at White House, defying Beijing

Jun 15, 2016 - 2:22 PM

China which accuses the Nobel peace laureate of using spiritual terrorism to seek independence for Tibet expresses displeasure over the visit to the United States

Combo of file photos shows US president Barack Obama (L) and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Mandel Ngan & Toru Yamanaka/Files/AFP

Exiled Tibetans reelect Lobsang Sangay as leader

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED We will continue as long as it takes til basic freedom is restored in Tibet says Sangay following his reelection

epa05279456 Lobsang Sangay, the incumbent prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile addresses media after being re-elected for a second term at Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh, India, 27 April 2016. Lobsang Sangay is the winner of the final Sikyong elections of the Tibetan government-in-exile. EPA/SANJAY BAID

Chinese flags defaced in Prague ahead of president's visit

Mar 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit the Czech Republic on Monday

Exiled Tibetans elect leader as Dalai Lama steps back

Mar 20, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Tens of thousands of exiled Tibetans begin voting to elect a new leader tasked with sustaining their struggle for greater autonomy in their Chinese ruled homeland

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, August 26, 2014. File photo by Christian Charisius/EPA

Rights groups warn KFC over Tibet opening

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Advocates call on the fast food giant to ensure that Tibetan culture is protected

This picture taken on March 8, 2015 shows people walk past a KFC fast food restaurant in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.  US fast food giant KFC has opened its first restaurant in Tibet, the venue's property manager said on March 9, more than a decade after the chain's first attempt to establish a foothold ended in controversy. / AFP / STR / China OUT / CHINA OUT

Hundreds of Tibetans join funeral procession of schoolboy

Mar 06, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Dorje Tsering died from cardiac arrest on Thursday after setting himself ablaze at a housing settlement for Tibetan refugees in India s northern city of Dehradun

MOURNING. Tibetan refugees hold placards and candles during a vigil following the self-immolation of two Tibetans in Bangalore on March 5, 2016. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Exiled Tibetans vote for new political leader

Oct 18, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Harvard educated Lobsang Sangay current prime minister of the exiled government who is recontesting for the top job is the front runner ahead of 4 other candidates

China firm wins bid for New Delhi-Mumbai rail study

Sep 24, 2015 - 3:26 PM

China Railway says bagging the bid fully reflects the approval of China s high speed rail technology by the international society and the global fast rail market

DEAL. China Railway, a spinoff from the former railway ministry, says the New Delhi-Mumbai line will be around 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) long but provided few other details

China restricts passports for Tibetans – rights groups

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:29 PM

According to a Human Rights Watch report in Tibet and Xinjiang inhabited by 10 million Uighurs officials use an older method for passport applications that requires more documents and sometimes political vetting

PASSPORT WOES. A photo made available on 23 November 2012 shows two old Chinese passports. File Photo by David Chang/EPA

New music generation celebrates Dalai Lama at 80

Jul 03, 2015 - 2:54 PM

The Art of Peace: Songs for Tibet II features new remixed or previously released tracks by iconic artists including Peter Gabriel Sting and Kate Bush plus new songs from artists such as Lorde and Of Monsters and Men

The Dalai Lama speaks during the event, A Conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, USA, 01 July 2015. EPA/MIKE STONE

Tibetans pray for Dalai Lama at 80th birthday celebration

Jun 21, 2015 - 8:47 AM

The popular Tibetan spiritual leader s advancing years have raised questions over who will succeed him

ICON FOR PEACE. Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. File photo by Christian Charisius/EPA

China's Panchen Lama meets Xi, calls for 'national unity'

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:33 PM

Gyaincain Norbu who China appointed as its choice of 11th Panchen Lama is asked by Xi to carry on the patriotic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism during Wednesday s June 10 meeting

In this file photo, the 11th Panchen Lama, also known as Gyaltsen Norbu (C) is seen during a plenary session at the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 8, 2012. How Hwee Young/EPA

China lodges US protest after religious freedom criticized

May 04, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The report highlights the plight of Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims saying conditions are worse now than at any time in the past decade

China cancels spring climbs on north face of Everest – Xinhua

Apr 27, 2015 - 8:46 PM

More than 400 climbers have descended to safety in Tibet since Saturday s quake Xinhua News Agency reports citing the regional sports bureau

THE PEAK. OFW saves for 2 years in order to climb a neighboring peak of Mt Everest

Tibetan man self-immolates in China – report

Apr 17, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Many Tibetans accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture claims denied by Beijing which says it has brought development to the region

China mulls rail tunnel under Mount Everest – report

Apr 09, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The Qinghai Tibet railway could include a tunnel under Mount Everest potentially providing a crucial link between China and the huge markets of India China Daily reports

Be careful who you chat: tips on using messaging apps

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:05 AM

Internet freedom advocates offer advice on how to protect privacy and security when using chat apps like Line WeChat and Kakao Talk

'KNOW RISKS.' Internet freedom advocates say chat app users must know privacy and security risks that come with the messaging craze. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Obama-Dalai Lama public meeting not ruled out

Feb 05, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Obama and the Tibetan spiritual leader are slated to attend a high profile National Prayer Breakfast in Washington raising the prospect of a first public meeting

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014.

Pope Francis leaves door open to Dalai Lama meeting

Jan 20, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Pope Francis: He asked for an audience some time ago A date has been fixed But not for the moment We are in contact

Pope Francis as he talks with journalists on the plane during the flight from Manila to Rome, 19 January 2015. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Tibetan woman burns herself to death in China – reports

Dec 23, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Right groups and media say the woman set herself on fire in protest against China s rule of the Himalayan region

Cape Town Nobel summit scrapped over Dalai Lama visa row

Oct 02, 2014 - 10:39 PM

A number of Nobel Peace Prize winners earlier tried to force the South African government to reverse its decision by threatening to boycott the event

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. Christian Charisius/EPA

Dalai Lama in 'informal' talks to return to Tibet

Oct 02, 2014 - 8:21 PM

The spiritual leader speaks of his optimism about the leadership in Beijing but also criticizes China s treatment of dissidents

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. Christian Charisius/EPA

Dalai Lama hails China's Xi as 'more open-minded'

Sep 18, 2014 - 3:48 PM

UPDATED Xi Jinping s approach is more realistic more open minded than that of his predecessor Hu Jintao says Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. Christian Charisius/EPA

Dalai Lama cancels South Africa trip amid visa row

Sep 05, 2014 - 12:20 AM

The Dalai Lama was last barred from entry in 2011 when he was invited to give a lecture as part of celebrations for anti apartheid activist Desmond Tutu s 80th birthday

South Africa refuses Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit – spokeswoman

Sep 04, 2014 - 4:19 PM

UPDATED The refusal could see a boycott of the 14th annual peace summit a spokesman for South African laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. Christian Charisius/EPA

Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to halt Muslim violence

Jul 06, 2014 - 9:36 PM

The revered spiritual leader gives his speech to tens of thousand of devotees on his 79th birthday

PEACE. The revered Tibetan leader makes the call on his 79th birthday. File photo by Paul Miller/EPA

Exiled Tibetan PM slams 'total repression' by China

Jun 05, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Beijing maintains rule of Tibet and has done so since 1951 a year after invading

LOBSANG SANGAY. Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, at the main Tibetan Tsuglagkhang temple at McLeodGanj near Dharamsala, India, March 26, 2014. Sanjay Baid/EPA

Analysts: China muddling through on Ukraine – and world affairs

Mar 07, 2014 - 4:18 PM

Beijing can partly blame the lag on its rapid ascent into the top tier of international heavyweights – but it faces huge pressure to catch up fast

China accuses US of meddling after Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

Feb 22, 2014 - 2:21 PM

The US seriously interfered in China s internal affairs by allowing the Dalai Lama s visit and arranging the meetings with US leaders said the Chinese foreign ministry

DALAI LAMA IN USA. A man has his white scarf blessed during a greeting with the Dalai Lama during the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) panel discussion on "Unlocking the Mind and Human Happiness" in Washington, DC, February 20, 2014. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

300 houses destroyed in 'Shangri-La' Tibet village: report

Jan 12, 2014 - 2:09 PM

A report says 242 houses mostly wooden were burned down in the 1 300 year old town while a further 43 were demolished to prevent the fire from spreading

China defends record at UN Human Rights Council

Oct 23, 2013 - 9:08 AM

As China defends its human rights record activists urge an end to crackdowns on dissidents and minorities

IN SESSION. In this file photo, delegates attend the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 09 September 2013. EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

Anger as China 'restores' Dalai Lama's ancestral home

Aug 26, 2013 - 2:04 PM

The exiled spiritual leader s family home has received a makeover of its own with a three meter wall and security cameras installed

HISTORIC HOME. This screen grab image taken from Agence France-Presse video on July 26, 2013 shows an external view of the Dalai Lama's family home in Hongai (Taktser) village in Pingan county, in northwest China's Qinghai Province. AFP / Neil Connor

Strong quake hits Tibet

Aug 12, 2013 - 8:55 AM

The quake measured by the USGS at magnitude 5 7 struck at 5:23 am 142 kilometers 88 miles south southeast of the city of Qamdo