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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.

China clamps down ahead of key Tibetan anniversary

Armoured troop carriers and tour buses packed with police roll along the winding mountain roads. Internet service is dead in some places. Military camps fortified with sandbags sit amid Tibetan communities, where strings of prayer flags flutter in the wind.

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.

Debate at the heart of Valentine’s Day

Missoni, Vivienne Westwood and the Eames brothers designed heart products for the home. But, are they cool? Asks Annie Deakin.

Album: Jah Wobble and the Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Dub, (30 Hertz)

Since his seminal work with Public Image Limited some 30 years ago, no other bass player has left so recognisable a sonic footprint on their work than Mr Wobble.

Monlam's colourful enlightenment

Taking place on the 4th-11th day of the first Tibetan Lunar month, Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival, is one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. Pictures of this year's festival display the spectacular processions and colourful outfits of Tibet's Buddhist monks.

Tibet protesters clash with police as Chinese PM arrives in Britain

Five demonstrators were arrested during scuffles with police outside the Chinese embassy in London yesterday as they called for freedom for Tibet. It was one of several protests planned during the visit of China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who arrived in London on Saturday as part of a European tour aimed at improving trade between Europe and China and finding a way out of the global financial crisis.

Chinese Premier visit sparks demonstration

Pro-Tibetan protesters scuffled with police today as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at the Chinese Embassy in London.

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

It's peaceful here on top of the world: Ladakh 'Little Tibet'

Ladakh, known as 'Little Tibet', is a bastion of Buddhist calm in a wild, remote region. Sarah Barrell gets a taste of traditional life in the Himalayas

<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.

Hit & Run: I'm with beautiful

Ange, we have to hand it to you. You are extraordinary. Less than three months after giving birth to twins, the mother now to six children, you look jaw-droppingly beautiful, and no amount of silly tattoos – the map co-ordinates of the new babies' birthplace, on show this weekend when you and Brad made your first public appearance – take away from your perfection. All those rumours about post-natal depression and strains on your relationship seem so unlikely, now that we see you more radiant than ever, with your swishy hair and sparkling complexion. Oh, hang on. Hold still. You've got something on your arm. Ew. Something a bit brown and funny-looking. Brad Pitt.

Quakes hit China's remote west

Strong earthquakes hit China's remote western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang today but both appear to have struck sparsely populated, mountainous areas and caused only limited damage.

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.

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