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The King and I: Retired Teacher Behind British Royals’ Visit to Bhutan

By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI, April 13 – That Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is in large part thanks to a retired Oxford schoolteacher. Honorary Consul Michael Rutland calls himself a mere facilitator, but a British diplomat said he had played a crucial role in arranging

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Pakistani Government Claims 34 Baluch Rebels Killed in Raids

By Gul Yousufzai QUETTA, Baluchistan, April 9 – Pakistani paramilitary troops have killed at least 34 suspected Baluch rebels during a three day operation in the violence wracked southwestern province of Baluchistan, the government said on Saturday. “The operation concluded today in which a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was also recovered from their

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Pakistan Wants Air Force Upgrade for Prolonged Militant Fight

By John Irish PARIS, April 7 – Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against Islamist militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is

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China Official Says Dalai Lama “Making a Fool” of Buddhism

BEIJING, March 28 – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is “making a fool” of Tibetan Buddhism with suggestions he may not reincarnate, or reincarnate as something inappropriate, and the faithful are not buying it, a Chinese official wrote on Monday. China says the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets Propaganda Czar in China Charm Drive

By Matthew Miller and Paul Carsten BEIJING, March 20 – Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed. The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua,

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Exiled Tibetans To Elect Leader to Sustain Struggle Against China

DHARAMSALA, India, March 20 – Exiled Tibetans across India and overseas started voting on Sunday to elect a political leader for the next five years, in a bid to help sustain their struggle to secure complete autonomy for Chinese-ruled Tibet. Men and women in colorful dresses formed long queues outside temporary polling booths in a

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After Shootout, China Says Uighur Militants A Threat to Indonesia

BEIJING, March 17  – Ethnic Uighur militants from western China are increasing their presence in Indonesia, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, after Indonesian security forces said they killed two Uighurs belonging to a militant network. Indonesia has launched an aggressive, military-backed, security campaign in the jungles of Sulawesi island as it battles the threat

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The Apple of Beijing’s Eye

What the tech giant did and didn’t do when China knocked on its backdoor BY Bill Powell Apple’s standoff over the FBI’s demand to crack open the cellphone used by San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook is more than a quintessentially American debate over the limits of privacy in an era of terrorism. It has

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Big Audience for Panel With Dalai Lama Despite Beijing Protest

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 12 – The Dalai Lama took part in a panel of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Geneva on Friday, addressing a full auditorium about Chinese repression in his native Tibet despite Beijing having urged people to shun the event. China wrote this week to diplomats and U.N. officials calling on them not to

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China Urges Diplomats and U.N. to Boycott Dalai Lama in Geneva

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 10 – China has written to diplomats and U.N. officials urging them not to attend a Geneva event on Friday where the Dalai Lama will speak, reasserting that it opposes his appearance at all venues due to his “separatist activities”. Reuters reported in October that China is waging a campaign

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