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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.

South Africa bars Dalai Lama from peace conference

South Africa barred the Dalai Lama from a peace conference in Johannesburg this week, saying today it did not want to endanger the government's relationship with China. The move prompted sharp criticism from the Nobel Committee, among others.

China's Tibet is a 'hell on earth' says Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has claimed life in Tibet has become "hell on earth" under Chinese rule, and warned that traditional Tibetan culture has been pushed to the edge of extinction. In one of his most striking and powerful speeches, the Tibetan Buddhist leader marked the 50th anniversary of the 1959 uprising that led to his flight to India by saying China had created "untold suffering and destruction" and caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans.

The Dalai Lama: Under China's brutal regime, my people are living in hell on earth

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan people's peaceful uprising against Communist China's repression. Since last March, widespread peaceful protests have erupted across the whole of Tibet. Most of the participants were youths born after 1959, who have not seen or experienced a free Tibet. Having occupied Tibet, the Chinese Communist government carried out a series of repressive and violent campaigns. They thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth. The immediate result of these campaigns was the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans.

Dalai Lama says Tibet 'hell on earth' under China

The Dalai Lama said today more and more Chinese were beginning to see a problem with Beijing's rule over Tibet, lamenting how the homeland he fled 50 years ago had become a "hell on earth".

Peter Jackson: The day I saw the Dalai Lama flee into exile

In March 1959, the world had heard only a few rumours of trouble in Tibet, after the Chinese closed the borders with India and Bhutan but the Indian government was being informed by its diplomats in Lhasa.

Tibet in grip of Chinese 'martial law' 50 years after rising

Police and troops are deployed to contain dissident monks on anniversary

The origins of Darwin's theory: It may have evolved in Tibet

Charles Darwin has been accused of many things – but never before of being a closet Tibetan Buddhist.

At the court of the Dalai Lama

Phil Void's rock band has never made the cover of 'Rolling Stone' but in Dharamsala, the home of Tibet's government in exile, they are hugely popular - even his Holiness is a big fan. Clifford Coonan reports

Summit of Tibetan exiles rejects 'total independence' call

Tibetan exiles have shied away from pursuing total independence from China and agreed to back the non-violent "Middle Way" policy of the Dalai Lama.

Leading article: The folly of spurning the Dalai Lama

It is easy to call on the world's freedom movements to seek the path of negotiation over the way of violence. But what happens if it gets you nowhere? That was the bleak question asked by Tibetan exiles at a meeting in Dharmsala in India that ended at the weekend.

Dalai Lama to take a back seat in Tibet's struggle for freedom

Pressure from younger generation leads to tactical shift in campaign for independence from China

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/an-update-from.html">Asian (con)Fusion: An update from His Holiness</a>

Earlier this week, I wrote a story about the Dalai Lama's growing impatience with the Chinese authorities in regard to his efforts to secure autonomy for Tibet.

Dalai Lama leaves hospital

The Dalai Lama left hospital in Mumbai this morning after being treated for abdominal pain, smiling and waving to waiting photographers.

First lady Bruni meets the Dalai Lama at opening of new temple

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy took another big step towards her goal of becoming France’s Jackie Kennedy yesterday when she braved pouring rain and the scorn of her husband’s critics to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader at a fairy-tale Buddhist temple on a hill in Languedoc. The former supermodel accepted the long white shawl of welcome from the Dalai Lama and posed for the cameras with pride.

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