Miami: The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan leader-in-exile, has offered to donate $100,000 to help save the Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University, which is slated to close as part of $27 million in budget cuts.

Dharamshala: Just two years after Chinese students died in the bloody massacre at Tienanmen Square, speaker Nancy Pelosi unfurled a banner in Tiananmen that read, "To those who died for democracy in China", now a week before the 20th anniversary of the uprising, Pelosi is returning to China.   The purpose of her visit is to address the environment and global warming, but the anniversary of the students democracy movement, and the speaker’s support of Tibet may influence the agenda.

Taipei: The weather broadcaster predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon. But this did not dismay hoards of Taiwanese from all corners of the country from participating in the procession in Taipei today. Following her briefing, Ms. Tsai, the Chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), led the rally along the main street in Taipei. Over 600,000 Taiwanese partook in the demonstration. The memory of the blood shed in the Taiwanese fight for freedom is ever-present. Taiwan has never been, and will never be, a part of China.

Shanghai—Canadians need to recognize that China "has made progress" on human rights, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said on 13 May, a remark that seemed aimed at justifying the Conservative government's recent efforts to improve ties with Beijing.

Tokyo: Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's envoy, Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen, spoke during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Japan today. He said that Tibet is ready to resume peace talks with China. The speech addressed to foreign correspondents in the Japanese capital came more than seven months after negotiations were stalled between the two sides.

The European Union-China Summit will take place on May 20, 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. His Holiness the Dalai Lama welcomes the summit. He has always spoken out against any idea of isolating or containing China. Instead he has consistently called for the need to bring China into the mainstream of the world community and in particular into the mainstream of the world democracy.

Dharamshala: A Spanish judge has announced that he wants to question eight Chinese leaders about the suppression of an uprising in Tibet last year. National Court judge Santiago Pedraz suspects that eight leaders, among them the ministers of defense and state security, are guilty of genocide. He has written to the Chinese authorities saying he would like to visit China to talk to the leaders, Beijing has not responded to his request.

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