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Nepal police arrest Tibetans for 'anti-China activity'

Nepalese police arrested nine Tibetans on Monday after stepping up security on the streets of the capital for the anniversary of the 1959 rebellion against China's rule in Tibet. About 30 police swooped on a handful of protesters, who waved Tibetan flags and chanted "we want a free Tibet", near the Chinese consular offices in Kathmandu, an AFP reporter said. "We have arrested nine Tibetans, four on suspicion of anti-China activity and five for carrying out anti-China demonstrations," police spokesman Ganesh KC told AFP.

China anger at Dalai Lama's US Congress meeting

China expressed anger Friday over the Dalai Lama's meeting with US congressional leaders, urging Washington to "stop conniving" with the man it brands a separatist working under the "cloak of religion". The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday delivered the customary prayer that opens each Senate session, after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House last month, a move that raised the ire of Beijing.

Dalai Lama encourages 'self-confident' US global role

The Dalai Lama on Thursday encouraged the United States to show self-confidence in defending democracy as top lawmakers rallied behind his calls to preserve Tibetan culture. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, whose meeting on February 21 with President Barack Obama was condemned by China, returned to Washington where for the first time he delivered the customary prayer that opens each Senate session.

Quebec values charter tossed at Canadian envoy in Turkey

WASHINGTON - Canada's ambassador for religious freedom, Andrew Bennett, says an attempt to discuss human rights in Turkey prompted that government to throw Quebec's controversial values charter back at him. Bennett stressed that Turkey has made notable strides towards religious freedom in recent years. For example hijab-wearers are now allowed into public buildings. However, Christian, Jewish and Alevi minorities continue to have concerns, including the expropriation of religious property.

Obama meets with Dalai Lama, upsetting China

By Roberta Rampton and Sui-Lee Wee WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing's warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties. China's vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d'affaires of the U.S. embassy in China, on Friday night, according to a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.

China accuses US of meddling after Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

China on Saturday accused the United States of meddling in its domestic affairs after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House, and said it is up to Washington to take steps to avoid further damaging ties. "The US seriously interfered in China's internal affairs by allowing the Dalai's visit to the United States and arranging the meetings with US leaders," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

Obama meets Dalai Lama, supports Tibet human rights protection

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday and expressed support for protection of Tibetans' human rights and traditions, the White House said. Obama's first meeting with the exiled leader since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office last year came despite objections from Beijing. Obama and the Dalai Lama last met in July 2011 in Washington.

Obama throws support behind Dalai Lama, Tibet rights

US President Barack Obama on Friday offered his "strong support" for the protection of Tibetans' human rights in China as he defied protests from Beijing to meet the Dalai Lama. With China warning that the meeting would derail ties between the world's two largest economies, Obama took care to avoid any trappings of an official visit, receiving the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in the Map Room of the White House residence and not the Oval Office where he usually talks to dignitaries.

Obama meets Dalai Lama over China's criticism

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- Despite China's strong warning, U.S. President Barack Obama met again with the Dalai Lama Friday, a renowned Tibetan spiritual leader. The meeting took place at the White House and Obama "reiterated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions and the protection of human rights for Tibetans" in China, according to the presidential office.

Obama to host Dalai Lama on Friday

US President Barack Obama will host Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, a move China said would "seriously impair" ties as it called for the meeting to be canceled. The meeting will take place in the Map Room on the ground floor of the president's residence and not the Oval Office, which Obama usually uses to meet foreign leaders and visiting dignitaries.
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