Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his death

The Dalai Lama, Tibet`s exiled spiritual leader, has said he thinks his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than a "stupid" successor replace him and disgrace himself.

Saina Nehwal stuns Shixian Wang in World Super Series finals
Saina Nehwal stuns Shixian Wang in World Super Series finals

Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal dished out a dominating performance to post a straight-game win over two-time All England Champion Shixian Wang of China and start her campaign on a positive note at the season-ending BWF's World Super Series badminton final, here on Wednesday.

Chinese leader held back by hardliners over Tibet: Dalai Lama

 The Dalai Lama said Wednesday he believed China`s president may be ready to re-launch talks over greater autonomy for the Tibetan region but was being held back by Communist Party hardliners.

Govt concerned over China-Pak nuke deal: Swaraj

India on Wednesday expressed concern over a nuclear deal between China and Pakistan, which it had taken up with Beijing but asserted that it is "well prepared" to safeguard national interests.

Govt concerned over China-Pakistan nuke deal: Sushma Swaraj

Expressing concern over the nuclear deal between China and Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said the government has raised the issue with China and asserted that it is "well prepared" to safeguard national interests.

Chinese tourist killed in Turkey balloon crash: Report

A Chinese tourist was killed and nine others, including Malaysians, were injured Wednesday when a hot-air balloon crashed during a sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, reports said.

Beijing to have its third airport for USD 13.1 billion

China has approved the construction of a new airport in Beijing for USD 13.1 billion in addition to the existing two to reduce the congestion and to enable the capital to handle 72 million passengers each year.

Philippines to get frigates, gunboats, helicopters as tension simmers

 The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday.

Dalai Lama says world must push for democracy in China

The Dalai Lama has said the world has a "moral responsibility" to push for democracy and rule of law in China.

But he said seeking closer ties with the world`s second-largest economy was a "realistic" policy for cash-strapped Western nations such as Britain.

Chinese student pleads guilty in US to arms export conspiracy

A Chinese man in the United States on a student visa pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to export illegally to China high-tech sensors used by the defense industry, a federal prosecutor in New Mexico said.

Tibetan burns himself to death in China: Reports

A Tibetan has died after setting himself on fire to protest at China`s rule of the Himalayan region in the first self-immolation for three months, a rights group and overseas media said Wednesday.

Karl Marx letter fetches $678,000 at China auction

A handwritten letter by Karl Marx accompanied by a vintage photograph of the author of "Das Capital" sold Tuesday for $678,000 at an auction in China, the China Daily newspaper reported.

China condemns terrorist attack on Pakistan school

China Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan, in which at least 126 people were killed, most of them children.

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden`s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday.

China official satisfied with Taiwan ties but warns on "bottom line"

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday he was satisfied with his first tour of Taiwan since local elections last month returned some power to pro-independence politicians but reiterated steadfast opposition to the island`s independence.

300 Chinese extremists fighting with IS in Iraq, Syria

About 300 Chinese extremists are fighting with dreaded IS militants in Iraq and Syria, the state media reported on Tuesday, raising concerns in China about its impact in the already restive Xinjiang province.

Macau democracy leader says he's being watched before Xi visit

A Macau pro-democracy leader on Tuesday said he is being "watched" by authorities before a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, amid reports that Hong Kong students had been blocked from entering the territory.

Macau democracy leader says he`s being watched before Xi visit

A Macau pro-democracy leader said Tuesday he is being "watched" by authorities before a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, amid reports that Hong Kong students had been blocked from entering the territory.

China jails businesswoman in railway graft case for 20 years

A Beijing court sentenced a well-known businesswoman, who had ties to a disgraced former railways minister, to 20 years in jail on Tuesday for corruption, saying she was guilty of bribery and illegally running a business.

China`s mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is half way up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy.