GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rain-triggered floods and mudslides have left a trail of destruction across northeastern India, killing at least a dozen people and affecting over a million, officials said...
South Dakota couple raises yaks near Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City-area farmstead has successfully raised animals that are more accustomed to the cold, high-altitude areas of Tibet and central Asia.
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past...
US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China is making a rare visit to Tibet to meet local officials and raise concerns about restrictions on Buddhist practices and the preservation of the...
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Hundreds of exiled Tibetans welcomed the return of the Dalai Lama to his headquarters in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala on Friday after a brief stay in a hospital...
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama was released from an Indian hospital on Friday, saying he felt "normal, almost normal" after being treated for a chest infection.
The Dalai Lama recovering fast from chest infection
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama has almost recovered from a chest infection and is likely to leave a New Delhi hospital in a day, his spokesman said on Thursday.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama has been hospitalized in the Indian capital with a chest infection and is feeling better, his spokesman said Wednesday.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama on Thursday praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her compassionate handling of a recent attack on two mosques by a gunman that left 50 Muslim...
China defends Tibet policies, bashes exile government
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials responsible for Tibet praised development in the Himalayan region in the 60 years since the suppression of an uprising against Beijing's rule.
BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its often-criticized rule in Tibet 60 years after the Dalai Lama fled into exile amid an abortive uprising against Chinese control, saying those who question its...
BEIJING (AP) — China's Communist Party chief in Tibet insisted Wednesday that the Tibetan people feel more affection toward the government than to the region's traditional Buddhist leader, the...
Tibetan PM in exile welcomed in Prague
PRAGUE (AP) — The mayor of Prague has welcomed the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile and presented him with the symbolic key to the Czech capital.
China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries
BEIJING (AP) — China is barring foreign travelers from Tibet over a period of several weeks that includes a pair of sensitive political anniversaries questioning the legitimacy of Beijing's rule...
West China blizzards kill thousands of herd animals
BEIJING (AP) — Blizzards in Tibetan areas of western China have left thousands of head of livestock dead and roads covered in up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) of snow, state media reported Saturday.
Local authorities had sent veterinarians, medicine and animal feed to the hard-hit areas in Qinghai Province's Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
German human rights commissioner to visit Tibet
BEIJING (AP) — Germany's top official for human rights was due to visit Tibet Wednesday for a dialogue with Chinese counterparts after being denied permission to visit the heavily policed northwestern region of Xinjiang.
Report: Tibetan dies of self-immolation in protest of China
BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan man set himself on fire and died in a protest earlier this week calling for the return of the region's exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, a rights monitoring group reported.
The Washington, D.C.-based International Campaign for Tibet said 23-year-old Dorbe self-immolated on Sunday in Ngaba county, a traditionally Tibetan region of Sichuan province.
China orders evacuations after landslide blocks Tibet river
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese emergency services said Thursday that about 6,000 people were evacuated after a landslide in Tibet blocked the flow of one of the region's key rivers, creating a lake that could endanger downstream areas in India.
The collapse Wednesday morning of a cliff in the deep valley through which the river flows created a dam-like barrier on the Yarlung Tsangpo, the headwater of India's Brahmaputra River, the local emergency response bureau said in a report carried by state media.
China leader calls for ‘anti-separatism efforts’ in Tibet
BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese leader has called for "advancing anti-separatism efforts" in Tibet, in a sign of continued high-pressure tactics in the Himalayan region.
Wang Yang, the ruling Communist Party's No. 4 ranking official, was quoted Monday in state media as stressing the importance of tight control over Tibet's Buddhist institutions, urging "preparedness and precautions for danger in times of safety."
Group: China denies Tibet activist’s appeal of jail sentence
BEIJING (AP) — China has turned down a Tibetan language rights activist's appeal of his five-year prison sentence on the charge of inciting separatism, monitoring groups said Thursday.
Tashi Wangchuk was detained in 2016 and sentenced in May based on a New York Times documentary in which he talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the tightly secured region.
The International Tibet Network said his appeal was turned down on Aug. 13.
BEIJING (AP) — Children in traditionally Buddhist Tibet have been banned from taking part in religious activities over the summer holidays, an official Chinese Communist Party newspaper has reported.
The Global Times quoted an education official in the regional capital of Lhasa as saying that students were required to sign an agreement to "not take part in any form of religious activity" during the break.
Swedish court finds man guilty of spying for China
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court on Friday found a man guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden, and sentenced him to 22 months in jail.
The Sodertorn District Court, near Stockholm, convicted Dorjee Gyantsan, a 49-year old Tibetan who worked for a pro-Tibetan radio station, of "gross illegal intelligence activity" carried out from July 2015 to February 2017.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government said Thursday it is widening a Parliament-appointed probe into how police handled pro-Tibet protesters during a 2012 Chinese presidential visit to include all official visits from China for the past 23 years.
Justice Minister Soeren Pape Poulsen said questions have surfaced over how police tackled similar protesters during visits by Chinese leaders in 1995, 2002 and 2011.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are ramping up political indoctrination among Tibetan Buddhist clergy and officials in charge of religious affairs as part of a campaign to strengthen the ruling Communist Party's grip on religion.
A Tibet government website reported this week that 35 officials traveled to the eastern city of Suzhou last month for "training" in China's policies on Tibet, ethnic and religious theories and diplomacy.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese judge sentenced a Tibetan shopkeeper to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting separatism, based on his comments in a New York Times documentary in which the man talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the tightly secured region.
Tashi Wangchuk's lawyer Liang Xiaojun told The Associated Press that his client said earlier that he planned to appeal the sentence handed down by a judge in the western city of Yushu in Qinghai province.
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese authorities and Airbus are investigating why a plane's windshield blew out midflight, forcing an emergency landing, in an unusual mishap for a country with a booming aviation market and exemplary air safety record.
HONG KONG (AP) — The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with a map of China that didn't include self-ruled Taiwan, the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing.
The Upper Peninsula should not be treated with a cold shoulder. Rebuilding the Soo Locks and improving broadband coverage in the U.P. would be a way to show the Yoopers some love, while investing in our collective future.
Why is it that I can get better internet and cell phone connecting access in rural China than I can in some spots in rural Michigan — especially the U.P.?
Sweden charges man with spying on Tibetans for China
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities said Thursday they have charged a man with spying for China, on suspicion that he gathered information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden.
Dorjee Gyantsan, a 49-year old Tibetan who worked for the pro-Tibetan radio station "Voice of Tibet," was charged with "gross illegal intelligence activity" from July 2015 to February 2017, according to the charge sheet obtained by The Associated Press. If found guilty, he faces up to four years in jail.
Dalai Lama Marks 60th Year Of His Exile In India
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile urged his compatriots Saturday to strengthen efforts to make the return of the Dalai Lama to his native land a reality.
Lobsang Sangay also said Tibet has seen 60 years of destruction of its civilization, culture and identity by the Chinese since the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans' spiritual leader, fled to India in 1959.
BEIJING (AP) — As Tibetans prepared to celebrate a Buddhist new year festival with prayers and dance, police officers went to schools, airports and public squares to read out "21 kinds of dark and evil forces," a list of new criminal targets.
Dozens of members of Santa Fe’s Tibetan community and their supporters marched through the city’s streets Saturday and held a rally on the Plaza in commemoration of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against the People’s Republic of China.
Thousands of Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the nation’s capital, March 10, 1959, to protect the Dalai Lama and to protest China’s occupation of their homeland following an invasion. Many of those protesters lost their lives.
From The Santa Fe New Mexican:
March 10, 1968: “No person shall dispose of any refuse in a natural watercourse or in a location and manner where there is a reasonable probability that the refuse will be moved into a natural watercourse by leaching or otherwise … ”
Such is the regulation adopted by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission this month. It aims to [do] what it says: alert the state to dumping where [there] is no proper handling of wastes.
Main chapel unaffected by weekend fire at Tibetan monastery
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — A weekend fire at the sprawling Jokhang monastery in Tibet did not affect the main chapel at the 1,300-year-old religious site, considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism, the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile said Monday.
The main Jokhang chapel houses many Tibetan cultural treasures, including the Jowo Sakyamuni, a life-sized statue of the 12-year-old Buddha.
Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported
BEIJING (AP) — A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that's considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jokhang, located in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, caught fire at 6:40 p.m. before it was put out, according to a short report in the state-run Tibetan Daily. No injuries were reported.
‘Corporate capitulation’: Mercedes chided for China apology
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers lashed out Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz for apologizing in China for quoting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post.
Sen. Marco Rubio complained that many major companies "are increasingly prepared to toe Beijing's line." Rep. Chris Smith called it "corporate capitulation."
Daimler AG unit Mercedes-Benz is the latest international company offering the Chinese an open apology for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram, weeks after Chinese regulators probed Marriott International for listing Tibet as a nation on its website.
Mercedes in China apologizes for quoting Dalai Lama abroad
BEIJING (AP) — Mercedes-Benz issued an apology in China on Tuesday for quoting the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who is reviled by Beijing, on social media abroad in a reflection of foreign companies' heightened sensitivity to the Communist government's possible reaction to their global activities.
WASHINGTON - Marriott International is apologizing to the Chinese government - and changing its practices - after coming under fire for listing Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and Macau as stand-alone countries on an email questionnaire it sent to members of its rewards program.
The apology comes after the Chinese government, which maintains that those locations are part of China, shut down Marriott's Chinese website and app as punishment.
China orders Marriott to suspend website, app in map furor
BEIJING (AP) — Regulators have ordered the Marriott hotel chain to close its China-based website and app for one week after criticizing the company for referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey.
The Shanghai Cyberspace Authority said Friday that Marriott was ordered to "to conduct a comprehensive self-examination and rectification to completely clean up illegal content."
TAOS — When six Tibetan Buddhist monks gathered by a pavilion made of mortar and rough lava rocks at the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge on Nov. 30, the sun hadn’t broken through the sky’s dense blanket of clouds all day.
The monks were draped in robes of maroon and the warmest yellow — the colors of the deep canyon at sundown — and the goosebumps on their bare right shoulders betrayed the gusty chill at Taos’ most infamous landmark, stamped by repeated suicides.
Report: Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in western China
BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in western China in an apparent protest against Chinese rule in the traditionally Tibetan region, a monitoring group said Thursday.
Citing an unidentified friend, London-based Free Tibet said 63-year-old Tenga set himself alight on Sunday in Sichuan province's Kardze county while shouting "We want freedom in Tibet."
Security forces put out the flames and carried Tenga away, the group said. It wasn't clear whether he survived.
China’s under-20 games in Germany called off due to protests
BERLIN (AP) — The China under-20 soccer team's series of friendly games against fourth-tier clubs in Germany was postponed Friday because of the protests it could face.
The German soccer federation said in a statement that it had "substantial evidence of further escalation" against the team, which walked off the field during the first half of its game at fourth-division club TSV Schott Mainz last Saturday when a small group of spectators displayed Tibetan flags.
Protests, criticism overshadow Chinese friendlies in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — China may be regretting the decision to have its under-20 soccer team to play a series of friendlies against lower-level German clubs.
The Chinese team walked off the field during the first half of its game at fourth-division club TSV Schott Mainz last Saturday when a small group of spectators displayed Tibetan flags. The visiting players refused to continue for about 25 minutes until the flags were withdrawn. Players from the home side asked the protestors to remove the flags.
China under-20s protest Tibetan flags at friendly in Germany
MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The China under-20 team walked off in protest during its friendly against a German fourth-tier side on Saturday after a small group of fans held up Tibetan flags.
The game at TSV Schott Mainz was delayed for about 25 minutes and resumed once the protestors were convinced by stewards to remove their flags.
The game was the first friendly for China's under-20 team against sides from the southwest division in the fourth tier of Germany's league system.
Strong predawn earthquake jolts Tibet; no casualties
BEIJING (AP) — A predawn 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote corner of Tibet early Saturday, with no reported casualties.
The China Earthquake Administration placed the epicenter at Nyingchi in China's Tibet Autonomous Region near China's disputed border with India. The area is sparsely populated and known for its soaring Himalayan peaks and sacred Tibetan sites.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that several homes were damaged but no casualties have been reported.