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Dharamshala for Americans: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Hometown

Dharamshala, India. First, it’s in India. Second, it’s spelled four ways. And third, it’s His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s hometown. At least, for now. We arrived in Dharamshala (also spelled Dharamsala, etc.) last month to have an audience with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has been in residence there since about the time he […]

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India: Great Protector of the Tibetan People

Delhi, India. Call me an Ugly American, but India has made great sacrifices to safeguard the Tibetan people and continues to protect them to this day at enormous cost against the Chinese, and I had neither understanding nor appreciation of their efforts. This was not covered in my high school history class. Map of China and Tibet in […]

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John Kerry Condemns Murder of LGBTQ Activist, Embassy Employee

New Delhi, India. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the murder of Bangladeshi gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan, who was an employee of the U.S. embassy in Dhaka. Kerry said in a statement late Monday: “We are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our own in such a senseless act of violence.” […]

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President of Sri Lanka Details County’s ‘New Vision’

New York, N.Y.  After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development. Pres. Maithripala […]

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Sri Lanka’s Former President Wages Comeback at Polls

New Delhi, India. As Sri Lanka holds elections to choose a new parliament, all eyes are on the bid by its former controversial president, Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a political comeback. He was ousted seven months ago from the top job, but now wants to return as the country’s prime minister. Sri Lankans headed to […]

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In Post-Quake Nepal, ‘Emergency Not Over Yet,’ Warns U.N. Relief Official

New York, N.Y.  Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the recovering country said today. As part of the recovery effort in Nepal, humanitarian agencies are providing cash to […]

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In Nepal, U.N. Rushes to Replace Quake-Damaged Health Facilities Ahead of Monsoon

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations health agency is racing critical medical supplies to fourteen of Nepal’s most earthquake-affected districts in an effort to restore health services before the onset of monsoon season. Following the second earthquake on 12 May 2015, many patients in hospitals and clinics in Nepal had to leave the building where […]

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U.N. Races to Deliver Aid as Powerful New Quake Hits Nepal

New York, N.Y.  A new earthquake measuring 7.3 in magnitude has struck Nepal today killing at least 40 people, according to information received by the United Nations, just two weeks after a powerful tremor killed more than 8,000 thousand people and devastated much of the country’s infrastructure. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1113/Anthony. The epicentre of the quake was […]

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