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The Government attempted to draw a line under the freeze in diplomatic relations with China today as George Osborne said Britain is determined to move on from the row.

Dalai Lama 'very happy' with US visit

President seeks to cool row with China by hosting low-key meeting with Tibetan exile outside Oval Office

Obama angers Beijing by agreeing to meet Dalai Lama

The prospect of a full-blown diplomatic spat between China and the US moved closer yesterday when the White House revealed that the Dalai Lama will be invited to meet Barack Obama during his visit to the US this month.

Quantum Leaps, By Jeremy Bernstein

More guff has been spouted by non-scientists on quantum mechanics than any other subject excepting... relativity, of course. Jeremy Bernstein is a physicist who has lived quantum theory for more than 60 years and in Quantum Leaps he writes about both the solid core of the subject and the wilder fringes. Accompanying some rigorous philosophical workouts are clubby musings on the lives and thoughts of great men, mostly physicists and mathematicians, but also W H Auden, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Dalai Lama.

Obama bends knee to Chinese might

On a carefully orchestrated tour, his hosts' economic power has limited US options, reports Clifford Coonan in Beijing

Dalai Lama angers China with visit to disputed area

Thousands of Buddhist monks in maroon robes joined secular supporters of the Dalai Lama yesterday to welcome the Tibetan spiritual leader as he arrived in the Himalayas for a four-day visit that is testing already strained relations between India and China.

Dalai Lama's monastery visit angers Chinese

High in the Himalayas, the biggest Buddhist monastery in India is preparing for a visit from the Dalai Lama that is set to anger and antagonise China as much as it will delight the red-robed monks that he meets.

Dalai Lama visits Taiwan

The Dalai Lama arrived in Taiwan last night to comfort victims of the island's worst storm in 50 years, vowing that his visit would be "purely humanitarian".

Dalai Lama's trip angers China

The Dalai Lama is to risk angering China further by accepting a surprise invitation from the government of Taiwan to take part in a prayer meeting with survivors of this month's typhoon.

Luxurious life (and death) in Varanasi

I’ve always been a bit squeamish about dying. I’m probably a bit British in that respect. But in Varanasi, one of the oldest and most spiritual living cities in world, and set against the backdrop of the River Ganges, death is deeply ingrained in everyday life.

My job is too big for one man, says Dalai Lama

After 500 years of autocracy, Tibetan leader calls for democracy

Martin Mills: This surprising voice for democracy is now in a race against time

The fourteenth Dalai Lama wants democracy. There are quite a few people who disagree with this statement, and quite a few more that might find it rather strange. After all, is this not the traditional leader of what was, until the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, one of the most conservative feudal theocracies on earth, designated according to a system of dreams, omens and rituals as the human manifestation of Tibet's patron deity Chenresig, reincarnation of the previous 13 Dalai Lamas, trained from birth to be a religious scholar? Hardly the usual credentials for a spokesman for universal suffrage.

Dalai Lama calls for democratic leadership

The Dalai Lama has encouraged Tibetans in exile to embrace the democratic system of electing a leader, saying it was essential to keep step with the larger world and to ensure the continuity of their government.

Queen of arts: Francesca von Habsburg looks back on her extraordinary life

Controversy and provocation, working hard, playing hard, having a full life and being dynamic is what it's all about," declares Francesca von Habsburg, the woman who is not only the biggest cheese of all in the contemporary art world but also the wife of Archduke Karl von Habsburg – who once upon a time would have succeeded to the Austro-Hungarian empire, whose thrones included Austria, Transylvania, Hungary, Bohemia, Slovenia, Dalmatia, Illyria, Galicia and Croatia.

Chinese cyber spy network hacks into 103 nations

China accused of running ‘GhostNet’ after Dalai Lama’s office raise alarm

South African peace event postponed after Dalai Lama ban

Nelson Mandela's grandson tonight called on the South African government to reconsider its decision to refuse the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a gathering of Nobel Laureates in the country.

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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

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