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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Sunday 07 March 2010
The new Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said today that only socialism can "save" the remote region and guarantee its development, and lampooned the Dalai Lama's indecision on his succession.
Tuesday 02 March 2010
Friday 19 February 2010
If President Obama intended to make a firm gesture by meeting the exiled Dalai Lama yesterday, it has to be said that it was a very tentative one.
Saturday 09 January 2010
Lhasa de Sela: Singer-songwriter whose work blended Mexican, French, gospel, gypsy and country influences
Tuesday 05 January 2010
A tri-lingual singer, whose startlingly original music earned her a subtanstial cult following, and comparisons with the likes of Tom Waits, Edith Piaf, and Nick Cave, Lhasa de Sela was a true one-off. Blessed with striking looks, a husky contralto and an intense, theatrical stage presence, she mesmerised audiences with her dream-like, tangentially biographical songs.
Sunday 13 December 2009
Saturday 21 November 2009
Monday 09 November 2009
Thousands of Buddhist monks in maroon robes joined secular supporters of the Dalai Lama yesterday to welcome the Tibetan spiritual leader as he arrived in the Himalayas for a four-day visit that is testing already strained relations between India and China.
Wednesday 28 October 2009
Two people have been put to death for their roles in protests in Tibet last year, the first known executions for the violence.
Monday 19 October 2009
Sunday 06 September 2009
Oddly, Lionel Davidson is one of those authors who turns up a lot on the racks of second-hand bookshops, in sexy little Penguin editions that fit a pocket.
Monday 31 August 2009
The Dalai Lama arrived in Taiwan last night to comfort victims of the island's worst storm in 50 years, vowing that his visit would be "purely humanitarian".
Friday 28 August 2009
The Dalai Lama is to risk angering China further by accepting a surprise invitation from the government of Taiwan to take part in a prayer meeting with survivors of this month's typhoon.
Sunday 12 July 2009
Thursday 09 July 2009
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