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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.

A Tibetan exile holds the photographs of Tibetan monks who have self immolated in Tibet protesting Chinese government, during a demonstration to support three fellow Tibetan exile students

Tibetans 'shot dead' in clashes with Chinese forces

Deadly clashes between ethnic Tibetans and Chinese security forces have spread to a second area in southwestern China, the government and an overseas activist group said today.

Tibetans clash with police after man sets himself on fire

Security forces clashed with angry Tibetans in south-western China yesterday, shooting one person, after a man set himself on fire in the latest protest against Chinese rule, activist groups said.

Monks blessing the soil: ‘People were getting crying and getting very emotional’

The Tibetan monks back on home soil

A daring artist has given exiles in India a chance to tread the ground of their native land once more – by smuggling 20 tonnes of it across the border

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.

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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

Tibet deaths due to 'genocide'

The Dalai Lama has said the desperate conditions Tibetans faced under Beijing's rigid controls, in what amounted to "cultural genocide", were behind a spate of self-immolations in southwest China.

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.

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.

'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.

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire

A Tibetan monk burned himself to death yesterday in south-west China, calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, the London-based Free Tibet organisation said.

Dalai Lama swears in new Tibetan prime minister

The Dalai Lama has led a ceremony to swear in a new prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile who takes over the Buddhist leader's political role.

The tête à tête that enraged China

China has condemned Barack Obama for "gross interference" in its internal affairs after the US President met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at the White House for the second time in his presidency.

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