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Rudd under fire over planned Beijing visit

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has ended months of speculation by confirming that he will attend the opening ceremony in Beijing and the first couple of days of competition. Governor-General Michael Jeffery will also be there. But in accepting the Chinese…


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Dalai Lama 2008 Visit Report

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Sydney last week came at a politically more significant time than any of his five previous visits to Australia- less than two months before the Beijing Olympics and following a period of unprecedented unrest across…


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Tibet Leg of Torch Relay Postponed

Chinese officials have today (Monday) announced further changes to the controversial Tibet leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. In the latest official announcement, reported in the China Daily this morning, organizers confirmed that the torch will pass through Xinjang (East…


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Amnesty wants answers on Tibet detainees

More than 1,000 protesters detained during anti-government riots in Tibet three months ago have not been accounted for, a human rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said a quarter of about 4,000 people detained by police during the riots in…


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Tibet torch relay reckless: Human Rights Watch says

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Lhasa, which will host the torch on Saturday, remains under a security and media lockdown after protests against Chinese rule in March. “The situation in Lhasa is anything but normal,” Sophie Richardson, HRW’s…