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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.

Sarkozy accused of hypocrisy as his wife meets the Dalai Lama

The French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, will meet the Dalai Lama in France this week – adopting for the first time her self-proclaimed role as a kind of queen of human rights.

The Week In Radio: Just another case of occluded Taciteanism

And so we bid our annual farewell to Melvyn Bragg and In Our Time (Radio 4, Thursday), as he toddles off to recharge his batteries with his usual summer regimen of donkey rides, 99s, and kiss-me-quick hats. He deserves the break. In Our Time remains one of the very best things on radio, week after week showing that all you need for good radio are three people who know what they're talking about , and a fourth – Bragg – who wants to know and is prepared to nag.

Resistance snuffed out as Olympic torch tours Tibet

China paraded the Olympic torch through the streets of Lhasa at the weekend in a blaze of red flags, eager to present a picture of national unity and domestic harmony just three months after the Tibetan provincial capital was rocked by anti-Chinese riots.

Album: Dolly Parton, Backwoods Barbie (Dolly/Universal)

The first album on her own label has apparently secured Dolly Parton her first Top 20 placing since 1993 – and no wonder, given its combination of technical accomplishment and sheer likeability.

Fury over Dalai Lama talks

Gordon Brown promised to encourage greater reconciliation between the Chinese government and the people of Tibet during a meeting with the Dalai Lama yesterday.

Dalai Lama urges support for Olympics

It was 11.30am this morning, and the Dalai Lama had just finished telling journalists in a tightly packed Palace of Westminster hall that he appreciated the Prime Minister’s "genuine concern" for Tibet, when a loud and insistent chiming began

Dalai Lama urges Britain not to forget Tibet

The Dalai Lama today appealed to Britain not to forget Tibet in its efforts to forge stronger relations with China.

Anger at lack of No. 10 invite for Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama arrived in Britain today amid growing concern that he is not being received at Downing Street.

Leading article: Human rights and a maturing relationship

The Dalai Lama is fond of describing himself as "a simple Buddhist monk". He is, of course, no such thing. As well as being the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, he is also the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Gordon Brown hopes to make a distinction between the two by meeting him on Friday at the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury rather than inviting him to Downing Street.

China toll "will be more than 50,000'

The death toll from China's massive earthquake could reach more than 50,000, the official Xinhua news agency reported today, quoting rescue headquarters.

Chinese agree to Tibet talks with Dalai Lama's envoys

International pressure ahead of the Olympic Games has forced a reluctant Beijing back to the negotiating table

Chinese invite Dalai Lama's aides for talks

The first timid signs of an easing of the Tibet crisis were apparent yesterday after Beijing signalled it would meet envoys of the Dalai Lama in coming days, following weeks of calls from world leaders for talks in the aftermath of anti-Chinese riots in Tibet.

China 'to meet Dalai Lama aides'

China is to hold talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism whom it blames for a wave of unrest, state media reported today, as the Olympic flame arrived in Japan.

Clampdown snuffs out Olympic torch protests

Runners carried the Olympic flame along a heavily guarded and cut down route through New Delhi today keeping Tibetan exiles and other protesters from disrupting the ceremony.

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