US President Barack Obama is set to address human rights issues during his visit to Chinese capital Beijing. Speaking at a telephone press briefing yesterday, Jeffrey Bader of the US National Security Council told reporters that Mr Obama will raise human rights "directly" with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Tawang, India: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Yesterday began a week-long visit religious teaching at Tawang monastery, in the northeast Indian border state of Arunachal Pradesh. Over 30,000 monks, nuns and lay devotees-locals and Buddhists from Bhutan and Nepal-gathered to see the Tibetan spiritual leader during his "non-political" visit to this disputed region-despite the protests of China, which claims Arunachal as its own.

Naha, Japan: "We witnessed anti-war rallies from Australia to America before the Iraq invasion. Popular peaceful movements brought down the Berlin wall. Indeed, in the 21st century, the force of peace is growing," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, Thursday.

Naha, Japan: During his first ever visit to Japan's southern islands of Shikoku and Okinawa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama clarified his views on Tibetan autonomy and stressed the need to overcome the "senselessness" of war through compassion and a sense of global responsibility.

Takamatsu, November 2: "I travel the world at the invitation of people like you, to share my experiences in life. I am 74. I have seen happiness and pain," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Takamatsu, the most populous city in Japan's Shikoku Island, today.

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