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Dalai Lama celebrates birthday with supporters

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 4:48PM UTC

The Dalai Lama celebrated his 75th birthday Tuesday with hundreds of cheering followers in this northern Indian town where he has been living in exile since he fled Chinese rule in Tibet in 1959. Looking at posters depicting his life as a child, a young man and a spiritual leader,

3 Malaysians on trial for church firebomb attack

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 4:03PM UTC

Three Malaysian Muslims went on trial Tuesday for allegedly torching a church during the height of a dispute over whether non-Muslims can use the word “Allah” to refer to God. The firebombing of the church in this Muslim-majority country marked the start of an unprecedented string of assaults on places

Australia: East Timor could process asylum seekers

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 3:40PM UTC

Australia’s new leader launched a plan Tuesday to make East Timor a hub for processing asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution across Asia while a debate rages in her country over illegal migration. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the proposal was a regional response to the global problem of burgeoning

Sri Lankans try to storm UN office for abuse probe

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 3:33PM UTC

Protesters at the U.N. building in the Sri Lankan capital forced U.N. workers to stay in their office Tuesday to demand the world body end its investigation of rights abuses alleged during the country’s civil war. Hundreds of national flag-waving men marched to the U.N. compound in Colombo, led by

Indian soldier killed by Kashmir gunfire

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 1:09PM UTC

 An Indian border guard was killed in the troubled Kashmir region by gunfire emanating from Pakistani territory Tuesday, an Indian official said. The firing started as India’s Border Security Force soldiers were returning to camp after patrolling the border between India and Pakistan overnight, said J.S. Oberoi, a top border

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