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A fire that raged for nearly 10 hours today razed an ancient Tibetan town in southwest China that's popular with tourists, burning down hundreds of buildings as fire engines were unable to get onto the narrow streets, state media and witnesses said.

The Prime Minister angered the Chinese regime last year by meeting the Dalai Lama

David Cameron accused of ceding ground on human rights to boost trade with China

David Cameron is preparing to water down Britain’s “ethical” foreign policy towards China as a necessary price to pay for increasing trade with the world’s second-largest economy.

The new terminal is of critical importance to the future of Shenzhen as a booming business and tourist destination, and will bring benefits to the region as a whole

Shenzhen airport Terminal Three: Vast, shiny, new - and empty? China's latest temple to aviation opens

It can handle 45 million passengers a year, 30 per cent more than Terminal Five. It cost $1bn (£612m), just one-seventh the cost of the Heathrow project. And while T5 had been 20 years in the making, the bigger Terminal 3 at  Shenzen took only five.

Spanish court indicts former Chinese President Hu Jintao over Tibet abuse

China has denounced a decision by a Spanish criminal court to indict the former Chinese President Hu Jintao for genocide as part of an investigation into whether his government committed abuses in Tibet.

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet with the Dalai Lama

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet bless the playing field at Lord's ahead of the Ashes

Buddhist monks have put a new spin on sporting chants after blessing the playing field at Lord's ahead of the Ashes.

The Dalai Lama's Gyuto Monks have proved popular at Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury 2013: The Dalai Lama's monks bring oasis of calm to the Green Fields

The Dalai Lama's Tibetan monks brought an oasis of calm to the chaos of Glastonbury Festival with a chanting session.

China's ban on displaying Dalai Lama pictures is lifted

In an unexpected policy shift Chinese officials have lifted a ban on Tibetan monks displaying photographs of the Dalai Lama at the Gaden Monastery in Lhasa – one of the most historically important religious establishments in Tibet.

Saudi Arabian woman makes history having successfully scaled Mount Everest

Mountaineering officials say 64 climbers, including a Saudi Arabian woman, have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal's side of the mountain.

Key mover: Honeysuckle Weeks

Honeysuckle Weeks: A new battle for a Shining star

Honeysuckle Weeks is best known as jolly-hockey-sticks Samantha in Foyle's War. She tells Charlotte Cripps why her role in a hard-hitting play about women's rights in Twenties Chicago makes a welcome change

David Cameron 'must apologise' for meeting Dalai Lama to restore diplomatic relations with China

Downing Street denies PM has been barred from visiting China

Monks and Buddists singing scriptures

China's 100 million religious believers must banish their 'superstitions', says official

China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country's top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper.

The Dalai Lama leads a symbolic walk across a peace bridge in Londonderry

Dalai Lama visits Londonderry, urging a 'century of peace'

The Nobel peace laureate and spiritual leader crossed the city's symbolic peace bridge

China says it is improving the lives of ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia. Don't be fooled

Coal mining within the region has led to a major economic revival. But how has this prosperity benefited the nomads or the environment?

Desmond Tutu is this year’s winner of the ‘spiritual Nobel’

Templeton Prize: Desmond Tutu wins a million – so will he follow the Dalai Lama and give it away?

When the Dalai Lama received £1.1m last year from the Templeton Foundation, he did what all good Buddhist monks who have preached against materialism might be expected to do – he gave it away.

Rescuers looking for survivors have so far found just one body, 36 hours after the mudslide struck

Tibet landslide kills scores of gold-miners

Environmental damage caused an avalanche of mud, rock and debris, say China's critics

China: no signs of life as landslide buries 83 at Tibet gold mine

No signs of life have been detected at a gold mining site in a mountainous area of Tibet more than 24 hours after a massive landslide buried 83 workers, Chinese state media said today.

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