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.
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Saturday 16 March 2013
Who knew that Uma Thurman's father was the first Westerner ever to become a Buddhist monk? He popularised the faith in the US long before Richard Gere leapt aboard the saffron bandwagon.
Friday 08 March 2013
Beijing has prevented a Tibetan poet, Tsering Woeser, from travelling to the US to pick up an international women’s award by refusing to issue her a passport.
Thursday 21 February 2013
Dalai Lama sends letter of support ahead of Wembley final against Swansea
Friday 25 January 2013
Given his patience and mastery of inner peace, the Dalai Lama has some of the attributes required to be an excellent test cricketer.
Tuesday 11 December 2012
A teenage girl set herself on fire on the grasslands of an ethnic Tibetan region in western China, becoming the eighth child to self-immolate to protest against Chinese rule over the region, rights groups said.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Chinese police have detained a monk and his nephew in Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers.
Monday 03 December 2012
So His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has signed up for Twitter. Having settled on the snappy handle of @pontifex, the Vatican advised followers to note that tweets shouldn't be regarded as "infallible teachings". But they won't be Instagrammed LOLcats either - the Pope will use the account for live responses to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, starting December 12th.
Monday 26 November 2012
The singer and dissident artist had met briefly prior to last night's concert
Monday 19 November 2012
A Tibetan taxi driver set herself on fire and died in the latest protests against Chinese rule over her homeland, overseas rights groups confirmed yesterday.
Friday 09 November 2012
Rights groups accused China of tightening security in restive Tibetan areas after a wave of self-immolation protests cast a shadow over the Communist Party congress in Beijing. Despite growing international calls for an independent inquiry, China said it would refuse to allow foreign observers into Tibet to investigate human rights abuses.
Thursday 08 November 2012
Three teenage Tibetan monks and a woman set fire to themselves to protest Chinese rule on the eve of a pivotal Communist Party congress, activists said today.
Sunday 28 October 2012
Friday 26 October 2012
Police in a heavily Tibetan region of west China are offering to reward people who tip them off about planned self-immolations.
Pardon your Holiness? Dalai Lama ends speech on World Peace by saying 'F**k it' (according to the stenographer that is...)
Friday 19 October 2012
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who is considered by his followers to be the very manifestation of the bodhisattva of compassion, isn't known for swearing like an angry docker.
Friday 12 October 2012
A new film festival will showcase the best of recent Indian and world cinema in November.
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