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Andalucía's hidden gems


Spain's maritime gateway to the Americas is a city of explorers that deserves discovery. Founded by the Phoenicians and expanded by the Romans, the port city of Huelva has some fine buildings. They include a Renaissance cathedral, and an area built in the suburban English style of the early 20th century to house the British engineers working at the nearby Rio Tinto mines. But its most striking monument, about a mile or so south of the city centre, is a stone statue that dominates the port. Representing the figure of a monk leaning on a cross (below), it commemorates Christopher Columbus, who set out from here to discover the New World.

Bhutan’s new King is known to enjoy the occasional cigarette

Smokers hope Bhutan's young king will give them a break

Activists in Bhutan are hoping their young king – a man known for his fondness for the occasional cigarette – will enter a controversy that has gripped the country and use royal powers to free a number of people sent to jail after being convicted under tough anti-smoking legislation.

Armonico Consort, Cadogan Hall (4/5)

With German Christmas markets springing up like mushrooms in British cities, it was appropriate that the Armonico Consort should present a seventeenth-century musical complement.

Chinese crackdown reduces flow of refugees across the border to a trickle

A handicapped monk in his 30s is among the few Tibetans who made their way past Chinese border guards to reach a reception centre for new arrivals at Dharamsala this week.

A vigil was held last month at a Tibetan refugee centre in Lalitpur, India, for Lobsang Phuntsok, a 21-year-old Tibetan monk who set himself alight in protest against Chinese repression

Tibet rocked by wave of self-immolation

Chinese oppression leads Buddhist monks to resort to desperate protest

Buddhist monks outside the Kirti monastery in the town of Aba in China's Sichuan province

Tibet: China's burning issue

Aba has seen so many self-immolations that police now carry fire extinguishers. Clifford Coonan and Tashi Tsering ventured to the area to find out what provoked these desperate acts

Monks to lose control of St Benedict's School in sex abuse inquiry

A top QC called for tougher rules to protect all faith pupils today as he stripped monks of control at a school beset by sex abuse.

Lobsang Sangay, Tibet’s political leader, speaking in Washington

Tibetan Buddhist nun burns herself to death in protest at Chinese rule

The wave of protests by Tibetan Buddhists against Chinese rule continued yesterday as a nun burned herself to death at a crossroads in south-west China, the 11th self-immolation by monks or nuns this year.

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Nun burns herself to death in new phase of struggle for Tibet

Chinese authorities have made it impossible for the monks to go about their religious lives

Monks resort to an extreme form of protest to get the world's attention

The young monk sits in the front of a truck, the skin on his chest charred and mottled. As the video continues, you can see that his head is badly burned. There are pink splotches on his body where the skin has disappeared entirely. He doesn't appear to make a sound.

Protesters burn themselves to death in struggle for autonomy

Breaking their vows, young Tibetan monks are self-immolating

Tibetan monks jailed over self-immolation

Two Tibetan Buddhist monks have been jailed for assisting in the death of a 16-year-old colleague who set himself alight.

Beijing sets 'bulldog of Tibet' on its Catholics

The hardline official who led Beijing's tough response to the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Buddhist supporters has shifted jobs to tackle a new target: the country's embattled Catholics.

'Panchen Lama' praises China's Tibetan policies

A Tibetan spiritual leader installed by China's government against the Dalai Lama's wishes has finished a trip to a major Buddhist monastery with comments unlikely to endear him to an already sceptical Tibetan public.

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