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California wildfire leads campground, zen center to evacuate

Jun. 18, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning near California's central coast has forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center, authorities said Friday. The fire began Thursday night in the Los Padres National Forest, about 15 miles southeast of Big...

AP Interview: Tibet exile leader hopes to resume China talks

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said on Thursday he will do his best to resume a dialogue with China after more than a decade, and that a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tibet could be the best step forward. The Buddhist spiritual...

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

Jun. 16, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — A brisk wind ruffles yellow prayer flags as dozens of Tibetans, some on crutches, circle a shrine in a time-honored Buddhist ritual. Across the street, a red banner spells out a new belief system, one being enforced with increasing fervor, of China's ruling Communist...

Monk turned carpenter: Man builds homes for less fortunate

Jun. 14, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Tedd Swartz doesn’t own a TV and hasn’t for 10 years. He considers watching television a “time waster.” “I threw it out the front door,” he said. “I had enough of it.” He would much rather read the classics, or...

Budapest to rename streets to protest Chinese university

Jun. 02, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest city officials are planning to rename streets in an area where a Chinese university loyal to China's Communist Party is due to open a branch, in a signal of protest and solidarity with the victims of human rights abuses by Beijing. The...

New Tibetan exile president open to reaching out to China

May. 27, 2021 02:58 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said Thursday he was willing to reach out to the Chinese government to resolve their conflict, though the sides haven't had dialogue in more than a decade. Penpa Tsering, the former speaker of...

Renowned conservationist Jane Goodall wins Templeton Prize

May. 20, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

Jane Goodall, the conservationist renowned for her expertise on chimpanzees and her globe-spanning advocacy of environmental causes, was named Thursday as this year’s winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize, honoring individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science and...

Penpa Tsering elected president of Tibetan exile government

May. 14, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Penpa Tsering, the former speaker of Tibet's parliament-in-exile, has been elected the new president of the exile government, the election commissioner announced Friday. He will succeed Lobsang Sangay, who completes his second five-year term at...

The Latest: Ore. bill extends deadline for late-rent payment

May. 11, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to give tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently tenants have until July, but the legislation will extend the deadline to next Feb. 28. The bill...

Texas ends clergy, spiritual advisers ban in death chamber

Apr. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prisons have resumed allowing clergy as well as spiritual advisers in the death chamber, reversing a two-year ban created after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of an inmate who had argued his religious freedom was being violated because his Buddhist...