His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Washington this week but will not meet US President Obama. No meeting was ever formally on the agenda, but the exiled Tibetan leader's trip to Washington has been planned for years, and earlier this year he expressed his hope to meet with the President.

The European Parliament has been urged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in Brussels to assist the Tibetans in their efforts to achieve meaningful autonomy and improved rights in Tibet, the EU's news bulletin The Parliament reported on September 30th.

Sharing the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Mia Farrow, Jane Goodall, and other celebrity musicians, actors, and activists, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was greeted by 16,000 cheering Canadian youths at yesterday's We Day celebration in Vancouver, an event sponsored by Free the Children charity.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday named a new special coordinator for Tibet issues who will coordinate the US government's policies, programs and projects on Tibetan issues and promote dialogue between China and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is mandated by the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 and is an indication of the United States' commitment to a negotiated resolution on Tibet that preserves the distinct religious, cultural and linguistic heritage of the Tibetan people.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, speaks to the audience at the conference at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, September 30, 2009. He was speaking at the two-day conference which draws on compassion, connectedness and collaboration to explore the potential of campus-community partnerships. His Holiness the Dalai Lama attended the event as part of his visit to Canada.

The international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders announced today that "[Chinese] Government security paranoia in the run-up to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the People's Republic of China on 1 October has led to a reinforcement of online censorship and abusive behaviour towards foreign journalists," They added that "A case of police brutality towards three foreign journalists was particularly unacceptable."

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