On 22 September, a reporter for the German daily online news magazine FOCUS interviewed Zhu Weigun, the vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Chinese Communist Party, on the subject of Tibet and the Dalai Lama. In the interview, Mr. Zhu named three conditions for restoring the Sino-Tibetan dialogue: the Tibetan central government must explain their postponement of last year's talks; the Tibetan exile government must reform those of their policies which the Chinese strictly oppose; and finally, for the sake of China's friendly relations with other countries, the Dalai Lama must stop traveling abroad.

British MP James Gray, Lord David Steele, Lord Alton, and MP Derek Wyatt recently concluded a visit to Tibet and upon returning to London, their delegation addressed Parliament on the results of their discussions with Chinese officials.

In September 2009, Chinese officials invited Mario Sepi, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, and two other EESC representatives-Peter Clever from Germany, and Sukdev Sharma from the UK-to visit Tibet for a special fact-finding mission, the first of its kind since the March 2008 protests. On 14 October, Clever discussed the mission's conclusions at a press conference in the Tibetan exile center of Dharamsala, India.

9 October 2009: Out of a pool of more than 200 hundred candidates—the largest in 108 years of Nobel Peace Prize history—Nobel Committee members announced yesterday that they have chosen US President Barack Obama to receive the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, placing him alongside the most highly esteemed peace activists in modern history, including Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Both the world and Obama himself were shocked by this decision.

This morning, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama began his public teachings in Dharamsala, to an audience comprising 6000 followers from around 50 countries including Taiwan, France, Vietnam, Japan, US, Korea, Tibetan communities in exile and around the world. The subject was the Diamond Sutras, chosen at the request of the Taiwanese Buddhist community, about 1100 of whom enjoyed a rare opportunity to attend the teachings. His Holiness welcomed his Taiwanese Buddhists followers, thanking them for traveling such a long way to attend.

On 5 October 2009, His Holiness delivered the keynote address at the North American Tibetan Professionals Conference in New York City. The three-day conference, which took place October 5-7, gathered 150 Tibetan professionals from the US and Canada to discuss Tibetan professional networking and their place within the exile community.

Adam Yauch, of American rap band the Beastie Boys, has returned to the US following his convalescence from cancer in Dharamsala, northern India. Yauch had a malignant lump removed from his left salivary gland in July and then visited Dharamsala , where Tibetan doctors prescribed herbal medicine and recommended an organic-vegan diet.

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