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Tibet deaths due to 'genocide'

The Dalai Lama has said the desperate conditions Tibetans faced under Beijing's rigid controls, in what amounted to "cultural genocide", were behind a spate of self-immolations in southwest China.

At least 11 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze this year in a heavily Tibetan part of Sichuan province. "Some kind of culture genocide is taking place," Tibet's exiled spiritual leader told a news conference in Tokyo. REUTERS