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India to spend $15 million to boost Buddhist ties in region

Sep. 26, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Saturday announced a $15 million grant for the promotion of Buddhist ties with its neighbor Sri Lanka. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the offer during a virtual summit with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Buddhism is practiced by more than 70% of Sri...

Friends and family members participate in the funeral of veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide Ang Rita, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Ang Rita, who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died Monday at age 72 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Sherpa guide who climbed Everest 10 times cremated in Nepal

Sep. 23, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of government officials, mountaineers, fellow Sherpa guides and supporters gathered in Nepal on Wednesday to mourn the veteran guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times. The body of Ang Rita was cremated Wednesday according to Buddhist rituals two days...

Visitors to Chongli, one of the venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, past by the Olympics logo in Chongli in northern China's Hebei Province on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. China’s repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama, and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. China is host to the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to remove the games from Beijing because of widespread human rights violations. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Sep. 9, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — China's repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing's 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. Beijing is to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to move the games because...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020, file photo the Houston Fire Department responds to reports of a fire inside the Chinese Consulate in Houston. In shutting each other’s consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. For China, the loss of its mission in Houston dims its view of America’s South and, according to U.S. officials, removes the nerve center of a Chinese spying network that spanned more than two dozen cities, collecting intelligence, trying to steal trade secrets and proprietary technology and research. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations

Jul. 31, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In shutting each other’s consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. They’ve also dimmed each other’s ability to observe — and to spy on — critical regions of their countries. For the...