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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 bulk of the prize money – more than £934,000 – will go to Save the Children in India

Dalai Lama donates £1.1m Templeton Prize money to charity

Dalai Lama gives away prize money but remains silent on self-immolations

China rejects Dalai Lama assassinate plot claim

China has accused the Dalai Lama of being deceitful after he reportedly alleged that Chinese agents trained Tibetan women to assassinate him by planting poison in their hair for him to touch during blessings.

Eric Charden, Singer and songwriter

Eric Charden, who died of cancer at the age of 69 on 29 April, was a French singer who with his wife and singing partner, Stone, had a string of hits in the 1970s.

Charden and his wife, Stone, at Paris Olympia in 1972

Eric Charden, Singer and songwriter

Eric Charden, who died of cancer at the age of 69 on 29 April, was a French singer who with his wife and singing partner, Stone, had a string of hits in the 1970s.

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday

A life up in flames at Tibetan protest

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday – the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule in Tibet.

1924 gold medal taken to summit of Everest to fulfil 'Olympic pledge'

But for an avalanche that killed seven men in 1922, Sir Edmund Hillary might have been no more than a Kiwi beekeeper, dreaming of adventure.

Tibetan protester set himself on fire in India

A Tibetan protester set himself on fire at a demonstration in the Indian capital today ahead of a visit by China's president.

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Tibetans outraged as China labels suicide protesters criminals

Dalai Lama is behind growing number of self-immolations, claim Beijing authorities
Around 24 Tibetans are believed to have set themselves on fire in the past year

China calls Tibetan immolators criminals

Chinese officials sought today to discredit Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest China's rule over their region, calling them outcasts, criminals and mentally ill people manipulated by the exiled Dalai Lama.

Death toll in Tibet protest rises to 21

A young Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire to protest against Chinese rule – the 21st to do so in the past year.

New law enforcer to get tough on Tibetans

A hardline police enforcer has been installed as the new Communist Party secretary in the restive region of Aba, in Sichuan province, where many Tibetans have set themselves on fire recently in protest over Chinese rule.

Authorities blame Dalai Lama for Tibetan clashes

China vowed yesterday to crack down on unrest in Tibetan areas and accused overseas activist groups and the Dalai Lama of orchestrating the recent violence.

Three more Tibetans in fire protest

Three more people have set themselves on fire to protest about China's policies toward Tibetans in a politically sensitive area that already has seen ethnic violence this year.

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