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April 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A court handed down death sentences to two Tibetans accused of starting deadly fires in last year's anti-government riots in Tibet. It was the first report of death sentences in the March 2008 violence in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, which Chinese officials say killed 22 people. The violence led to the most sustained uprising against Chinese rule in decades. The official New China News Agency said one man was sentenced to die for burning two clothing shops, killing a shop owner. A second man was given the death penalty for his role in the burning of a motorcycle shop that killed five people, it said.
March 23, 2009 | Barbara Demick
Hundreds of Tibetans surrounded a police station and government offices in a remote enclave of western China after the apparent suicide of a monk who had been taken into police custody. The protests near the Rabgya Monastery were the largest this year and show how volatile the situation remains despite the deployment of tens of thousands of paramilitary troops.
March 11, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that forced him into exile, the Dalai Lama invoked unusually harsh rhetoric against Chinese authorities, highlighting the widening gulf between Tibetans and China. Among the Dalai Lama's comments during the speech Tuesday in Dharmsala, India, and to reporters afterward: "These 50 years have brought untold suffering to the land and people of Tibet . . .
February 23, 2009 | Barbara Demick
The Chinese government has a New Year's greeting for Tibetans: Celebrate, or else. The Tibetan New Year, or Losar, is normally the most festive holiday of the year, when Tibetans burn incense, make special dumplings and set off fireworks. But this year, Tibetans have declared a moratorium on celebrating their own holiday, saying they will instead observe a mourning period for people killed last year during protests against Chinese rule.
February 21, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, a leading Tibetan lama, human rights activist and founder of a Buddhist center in Long Beach, died Feb. 13 after a short illness. He was 85. Gyeltsen died at his home at the Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist center, which he founded in 1978, two decades after he fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet. A member of the same Buddhist sect as the Dalai Lama, he hosted six visits to Los Angeles of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the most recent in 2006.
February 3, 2009 | Mark Magnier
The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, was hospitalized here Monday after complaining of discomfort in his arm, aides said. He was released a few hours later after a series of tests. The 73-year-old leader was diagnosed with a pinched nerve caused by a slipped disc, said Tenzin Taklha, an aide, who added, "The doctors said it was nothing serious."
November 21, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Magnier is a Times staff writer.
China has further tightened control in its ethnic Tibetan region in recent weeks, exile groups say, even as it was ostensibly negotiating in good faith with the Dalai Lama's envoys. Stepped-up patrols and increased paramilitary presence in Lhasa, the regional capital, and along major transport arteries coincide with a strategy meeting attended by exiles in northern India this week, members of exile groups say.
November 20, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Magnier is a Times staff writer.
China may be more than a hundred miles away over a clear Himalayan horizon, but it is casting a huge shadow over this week's special meeting of exiled Tibetans, as is the mortality of the Dalai Lama and the future of the struggle to preserve their culture and religion.
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