[World] Australia helicopter collision could have seen many more deaths, officials say

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WATCH: Debris covers Australia’s Gold Coast after mid-air helicopter collision

A mid-air collision between two helicopters in Australia could have seen many more deaths, authorities say.

A British couple and two Australians died in the crash on Monday near Sea World on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Three others – including two children – were seriously injured.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. Officials say it happened less than 20 seconds after one helicopter took off from a sandbar and collided with another aircraft that was landing.

All those killed and critically injured were in the ascending helicopter, which crashed within seconds after its main rotor blade struck the cockpit of the other aircraft, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said.

The second helicopter landed upright on the sandbank. Five of the six people on board suffered minor injuries.

The landing was a “remarkable achievement” given the helicopter was damaged “where the pilot was sitting”, ATSB chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said.

“We are very fortunate that we’re not standing here with far more deaths,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

The UK victims – a woman, 57, and a man, 65 – were married and had a next of kin in Australia, Queensland Police said. They and another woman who died, a 36-year-old Australian, have not been identified.

The fourth victim was 40-year-old Ashley Jenkinson, an experienced Sea World Helicopters pilot who lived in the area.

Mr Jenkinson was a “big guy with a big heart”, said one friend quoted by local media. The Brisbane Times reported he was originally from England and had helped with recovery efforts after devastating floods in Lismore, New South Wales, last year.

A boy, 10, and a woman, 33, remained in a critical condition in hospital on Tuesday, police said. A nine-year-old boy with serious injuries was described as stable.

Both helicopters were operating tourist flights for Sea World – one of several popular theme parks on the Gold Coast. Its owner, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, has offered condolences and said Sea World Helicopters is an independent operator.

The ATSB says it will conduct interviews and meticulously scour the helicopters, scene, footage, and other evidence before speculating on what caused the crash. It called on eyewitnesses to come forward.

Police said boat operators had rushed to help after the crash at about 14:00 local time (04:00 GMT), including by giving CPR.

Authorities had faced challenges accessing the sandbank and later securing evidence amid tidal changes, officials said.

The ATSB’s preliminary report is due in six to eight weeks.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the country had been left shocked by the “terrible and tragic incident”.

The UK foreign office has said it is supporting the victims’ families and will remain in contact with local authorities.

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[Entertainment] César film awards ban nominees investigated for sexual violence

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Stars who won Cesars at last year’s awards ceremony pose for a photograph

France’s version of the Oscars has announced it will ban anyone facing a potential prison sentence for sexual assault from its 2023 ceremony.

The César Awards – due to be held next month – said it was acting out of respect for any possible victims.

It means the ceremony will exclude French actor Sofiane Bennacer, who is under investigation for allegations of rape which he denies.

There had been fears of protests if Mr Bennacer attended.

It follows a backlash in 2020 when Roman Polanski, wanted in the US for statutory rape, won best director.

The César Academy, which distributes the awards, removed Mr Bennacer from the list of nominations in November, and said it was considering a rule change around eligibility.

Now it has announced that anyone being investigated for violent crimes punishable by imprisonment – especially those of a sexual nature – will be barred from attending this year’s ceremony on 25 February.

The rule also applies to anyone who has been convicted of such an offence.

The Academy will vote on whether to make a permanent change to eligibility criteria.

“Out of respect for the victims… it has been decided not to highlight people who may have been implicated by the judiciary in acts of violence,” it said in a statement, noting that this included “presumed” victims in cases under investigation.

Mr Bennacer, 25, had been nominated for his role in Les Amandiers – titled Forever Young abroad – before police launched an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault.

He denied the accusations, and the film’s director, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, said he was the victim of a “media lynching”.

Her sister, former French First Lady Carla Bruni, said the treatment of the actor undermined the presumption of innocence.

The Academy is facing an ongoing reckoning over accusations of sexual violence in the film industry.

The entire board resigned in 2020 after Mr Polanski was nominated for best director. When he won, there was significant outcry, with several actresses walking out of the ceremony.

Mr Polanski has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl since the 1970s. He admitted unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 and served six weeks in prison, but later fled the US over concern that a plea bargain deal would be scrapped.

In 2019 former model Valentine Monnier accused him of raping her in 1975. A lawyer for Mr Polanski said he disputed the allegation “in the strongest terms”.

 

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Prayers pour in for Bills safety Damar Hamlin after collapsing on the field: ‘The game is not important’

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Monday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was suspended more than an hour after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field in the first quarter but around the NFL, thoughts and prayers focused on the young player’s health. 

Hamlin, 24, was taken off the field by an ambulance and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center at around 9:25 p.m. after he collapsed on the field following a tackle on Bengals wideout Tee Higgins. 

The NFL announced more than an hour after the incident that Monday’s game was suspended. 

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“Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition,” the statement from the team read. 

But around social media, players were focused on Hamlin’s health. 

“The game is not important,” Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt wrote on Twitter. “Damar Hamlin’s life is important. Please be ok. Please.”

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“No one cares about this game at all anymore,” former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III said in a tweet. “Praying for Damar Hamlin the man, the son, the brother and the friend. What just happened was traumatic to so many but all that matters right now is that he STAYS WITH US.”

Teams and players from around the league echoed those sentiments. 

Drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Hamlin has appeared in 29 games.

 

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Texas Waffle House former employee gives her side of brawl that went viral

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A former Austin, Texas Waffle House employee who shot to fame on the internet after grabbing a chair in mid-flight that was chucked at her, turned to social media this week to give her side, saying she has been blacklisted by the chain.

Last week, “Waffle House” was trending on Twitter after a video of the employee catching and slapping down a chair during a brawl at one of the chain’s restaurants.

The over two-minute-long video shows the lead-up and fight between multiple Waffle House customers and employees.

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The video shows customers climbing over the bar and entering the kitchen area, fists flying, sugar shakers smashing, and one Waffle House employee with what may be the quickest reflexes ever witnessed by a waffle pressing, pancake-tossing, egg-flipping “Rock Star.”

The employee, identified as Halie “B” in a self-made YouTube video, gave her side of what went on that night at the bright yellow building.

In the video, which is over 20 minutes long, Halie said six people walked in on a busy night and sat in a section of the restaurant that was closed off. After being told that the section was closed off, the customers continued to sit there and started demanding service, she explained.

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Halie claimed to have work at Waffle House for four years, off and on, and earned a “Rock Star” shirt, which goes to the highest cook level achieved. But also, as a Rock Star, the cooks serve tables and can run the store.

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Halie said the girls started “hollering” and demanded employees take their orders, and after a while, she told the customers they could leave.

But they chose not to leave, she explained, and instead demanded that she, “the White girl,” cook their food.

As the demands continued, the tensions grew with one girl wearing leopard patterned clothing throwing silverware, kicking plates, and kicking food, Halie said.

“That’s money,” she said.

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Halie then said she grabbed a sugar shaker and chucked it at the woman.

“That’s how night shift works, and it’s sad,” she said. “It’s not safe at night, so we have to do what we can.”

After throwing the sugar shaker, the customer climbed onto the counter and fell onto the other side. She was then removed from the cooking area, at which point she grabbed a chair and threw it at Halie.

“I had caught it…and it bounced off my wrist,” she said.

Once the restaurant was cleared, the staff locked the doors and began the cleanup process.

The next day, Halie said, the boss came in to watch the security footage and wrote her up for throwing a sugar shaker, but that was it.

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Two months after the incident, Halie said, she decided to leave Waffle House and when she tried to get a job at another store, she was told she had been blacklisted.

“I was blacklisted,” she said. “I can’t ever work for Waffle House again. I tried working for another sometime earlier this year, and they found out I was blacklisted.”

And that was despite the original store telling her she could come back any time, according to Halie.

After the video made the rounds, Halie started a new Twitter page called, “The Real WWendy,” or Waffle House Wendy, under the user @WitchDragon5.

A GoFundMe page was also setup just two days ago, with a goal of raising $5,000 for Halie. As of Monday, the page had raised nearly $5,500 for her to use “however she wants.”

At the end of her video, Halie said she has not eaten Waffle House in about eight months, and that was about to change. But she recapped how the events unfolded that night at the restaurant, in a quite straightforward way.

“It’s not a lot,” she said. “They were being rude, belligerent. I finished what I started. That’s really it.”

 

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California car crash: Tesla plunges 250 feet off cliff at ‘Devil’s Slide’

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A Tesla carrying four people flipped several times as it plunged about 250 feet off a cliff along Highway 1 at “Devil’s Slide” in California on Monday, according to officials. 

Four people, two adults and two minors, were safely rescued. The two adults suffered non-life-threatening injuries while the two children were unharmed, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Several helicopters were called to help evacuate the victims from the vehicle, which landed on its wheels at the bottom of the rocky cliff. 

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“We immediately put a plan in place to lower rescuers to the vehicle to get eyes and assess what we had,” a Cal Fire official said at the scene. 

“As we were doing that we were able to notice movement in the front seat through the windshield with binoculars. So we knew that we had at least one person that was alive.”

Officials did not immediately release the cause of the crash. The two minors were 4 and 9 years old, according to KTVU. 

 

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Bills gather for team prayer on field following Damar Hamlin injury

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The Buffalo Bills gathered as a team for a group prayer following a horrifying scene during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals that saw second-year safety Damar Hamlin taken off the field in an ambulance following a scary hit in the first half. 

Players from both teams surrounded Hamlin after he collapsed on the field following a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins with 5:58 left in the quarter. 

Hamlin reportedly received CPR and oxygen before being taken off the field in an ambulance. 

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen and wideout Stefon Diggs were emotional looking on amid the uncertainty. Bills head coach Sean McDermott was then seen on the broadcast gathering his team for a group prayer. 

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The game was delayed for 23 minutes before the NFL announced that the game was temporarily suspended. 

Players from both teams then made their way back to their respective locker rooms. 

 

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The new Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5: What you must know now

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A new Omicron variant is quickly spreading across the U.S. just in time for the New Year. 

The strain, known as XBB.1.5, accounts right now for almost 41% of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The XBB mutation has picked up concerning speed over the past week as it’s jumped from just 21% on Christmas Eve.

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During the last week of December 2022, XBB.1.5 made up 75.3% of COVID-19 cases in northeastern states.

Those states include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

In New York and New Jersey, the strain showed up in 72.2% of cases also during the last week of the year.

XBB has officially replaced the previously concerning BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants as the most common strains.

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Infectious disease experts are increasingly worried about the “highly contagious” Omicron XBB variant, according to Reuters.

“Ironically, probably the worst variant that the world is facing right now is actually XBB,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, told Reuters.

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Weill Cornell Medical College professor of microbiology and immunology John Moore pointed out that the previous two winters have seen large spikes in infections that peaked in mid-January.

“And I expect the same to happen this year,” the New York-based expert said.

The only difference, Moore told Reuters, is the lack of a significant increase in death rates.

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XBB has also been driving cases in parts of Asia, including Singapore, as public health experts continue to show concern for rising COVID-19 cases in China.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 

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Prince Harry tells Anderson Cooper why he's not stepping out of the limelight

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Prince Harry is continuing to speak out regarding the rift in the British royal family.

He sat down with Anderson Cooper for a “60 Minutes” interview, described by CBS as Prince Harry’s “first U.S. television interview to discuss his upcoming memoir ‘Spare’ and recount his childhood, the loss of his mother and life as the Duke of Sussex living in the UK and now in America.”

In a clip released Monday, Cooper asked Prince Harry about the criticism aimed at him and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, regarding their decision to step back from their royal duties, but air their grievances about what led to the move publicly.

The second son of King Charles reiterated that he tried to address the matter privately.

“And every singly time I tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife,” he said. “You know, the family motto is ‘Never complain, never explain.’ It’s just a motto.”

The couple have made headlines most recently for their Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan,” which debuted last month. In it, the couple shared stories of both their courtship and their views on how they have been treated by the media and their respective families.

Prince Harry is also expected to go into greater detail about his life in and out of the Royal Family in an upcoming television interview with British network ITV, in which he has said, “I want a family, not an institution.”

In a preview clip of the interview released Monday, the Duke of Sussex said, “They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile,” presumably referring to the Royal Family.

“I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back,” he told journalist Tom Bradby in the clip of the interview, which is due to air on ITV1 on Sunday, January 8.

The “60 Minutes” interview with Prince Harry is also set to air on Sunday on CBS.

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Bills’ Damar Hamlin in critical condition after collapsing on field, game suspended for rest of night

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was in critical condition after he collapsed on the field and needed CPR and an AED to be used on him before being rushed to the hospital.

The NFL announced it postponed the game between the Bills and Bengals.

“Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition,” the league said in a statement.

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“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

“The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game.”

The NFL Players Association also released a statement on the matter.

“The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin. We have been in touch with Bills and Bengals players, and with the NFL,” the NFLPA said in a tweet. “The only thing that matters at this moment is Damar’s health and well being.”

The game was initially suspended and once Hamlin was in the ambulance and off the field, officials were giving players about five minutes to warm up again to get ready to play. But Bills coach Sean McDermott was seen pulling his players off the field and into the back of the locker room.

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The scary incident occurred with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter and Cincinnati leading the game, 7-3. The Bengals were on their second drive of the game when quarterback Joe Burrow threw a pass to Tee Higgins. Bills safety Hamlin came over to make a tackle to end the play.

Hamlin got up from the ground and took a few steps backward before he collapsed to the Paycor Stadium turf. Medical personnel came over to Hamlin to attend to him as the ESPN broadcast went to commercial. A stretcher and backboard came out and later the ambulance.

Hamlin was on the ground for a while and multiple reporters indicated he was receiving CPR from the medical staff on the ground before he was put into the ambulance. According to FOX19, Hamlin was being rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The football world offered their prayers for Hamlin. Players and coaches from both teams were in tears and prayed for the best possible outcome.

The Bills selected Hamlin with the No. 212 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He played in 14 games last season – mostly on special teams – in his rookie season.

Hamlin, 24, was playing his 16th game of the season. He had seen more time on the field as he recorded 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

 

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Tibet Fast Facts



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Here’s a look at Tibet, an autonomous region within China.

(from National Bureau of Statistics of China)
Area: 1.22 million sq km (approximately 474,000 sq miles)

Capital: Lhasa

Language: Tibetan

Government (China): Governed by the Chinese Communist Party; the head of state is President Xi Jinping.

Government (Exiled): Centered in Dharamsala, India, includes a popularly elected assembly of deputies, ministers, a cabinet chairman (similar to a prime minister).

Tibet is an internationally recognized autonomous region within the People’s Republic of China, though many Tibetans dispute the legitimacy of China’s rule.

Tibet is officially called the Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region (TAR).

The Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the Plateau of Tibet, also called the Tibetan Highlands, which also includes portions of China’s Qinghai and Sichuan provinces and the Uygur Autonomous Region Xinjiang. A little more than half of the Plateau of Tibet lies outside of the TAR.

Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, lies on the border between Tibet and neighboring Nepal.

1640 – Güüshi Khan invades Tibet and defeats a regional king.

1642 – Khan enthrones the Dalai Lama as ruler of Tibet. Dalai Lama is the title of the head of the Dge-lugs-pa, or Yellow Hat, order of Tibetan Buddhists.

1792 – Tibet closes itself off to foreign visitors.

1904 – Tibet and Great Britain sign a treaty in Lhasa, ending a brief period of military aggression. The Dalai Lama flees to China. Great Britain’s interest is in securing trade rights and it overcomes Tibetan resistance with force. China is not involved in the treaty negotiation.

April 27, 1906 – Great Britain and China sign a treaty recognizing China’s dominion of Tibet; the treaty is negotiated without any Tibetan participation.

1910 – China attempts to gain physical control of Tibet; the Dalai Lama flees and takes refuge in India.

1912 – China becomes a republic; Tibet declares its independence and expels the Chinese.

July 6, 1935 – Lhamo Dhondup, the future Dalai Lama, is born to a farming family in Taktser, Amdo Province, Tibet.

1938 – Dhondup is removed from his family and taken to the Kumbum monastery after a delegation of monks looking for the new Dalai Lama finds him.

February 22, 1940 – Enthronement ceremony for the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, takes place in Lhasa, Tibet.

November 8, 1950 – Chinese soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army invade Tibet at Lhasa.

November 17, 1950 – The Dalai Lama assumes full political power as Tibetan Head of State and Government ahead of schedule. Investiture is moved up from his 18th birthday as a result of China’s invasion of Tibet.

May 23, 1951 – A Tibetan delegation signs a treaty with China, renouncing independence in return for religious and cultural autonomy.

March 1959 – The Dalai Lama, his government, and approximately 80,000 Tibetans flee to India.

1960 – Dharamsala, India, becomes home to the Dalai Lama and headquarters of the government-in-exile of Tibet.

1963 – The Dalai Lama enacts a new Tibetan democratic constitution based on Buddhist principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1965 – China establishes the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

1966 – The Cultural Revolution in China begins, resulting in the closure of many monasteries and the secularization of Tibetan society.

May 1977 – The Chinese government makes the Dalai Lama a conditional offer, the opportunity to return to Tibet in return for acceptance of Chinese rule over Tibet. The offer is rejected.

July 1979 – China again invites the Dalai Lama to return on the condition that he recognize Chinese sovereignty over Tibet. The Dalai Lama rejects this offer too.

1980 – China begins a series of reforms in Tibet, encouraging economic development, reserving a majority of government posts for Tibetans, and requiring Chinese workers in Tibet to learn the Tibetan language.

March 1989 – A march to demand Tibetan independence mushrooms into a two-day riot, resulting in the Chinese government’s declaration of martial law. The official death toll is 16, though the actual death toll is reported to be as high as 256.

April 30, 1990 – The Chinese government lifts martial law.

1993 – Representatives of the Dalai Lama begin a decade of on-and-off talks with the Chinese government concerning autonomy in Tibet.

July 1, 2006 – The China-Tibet railway begins regular service; the rail line terminates in Lhasa. Critics condemn the railway as a tool for diluting Tibetan culture.

March 10, 2008 – Buddhist monks stage the first of four days of protest marches in Lhasa to commemorate the failed 1959 uprising against the Chinese government.

March 14, 2008 – Four days of protest marches end in bloodshed. Tibetans say the situation escalated to violence when Chinese police beat monks who had been protesting peacefully; Chinese authorities claim Tibetans launched attacks on Chinese businesses. Officially the death toll is under 20; Tibetans in exile say the death toll is near 150.

March 15, 2008 – China closes Tibet off to foreigners. The closure effectively ends the climbing season on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest; the climbing season spans April, May and the beginning of June, with the primary window of opportunity taking place in mid-May.

March 18, 2008 – The Dalai Lama says in an interview that he would step down as leader of Tibetan exiles if violence in Tibet were to get out of control.

April 2008 – Summer Olympic torch relay rallies in London, Paris and San Francisco are interrupted by demonstrations protesting China’s treatment of Tibet.

April 2008 – In Tibet, 30 people are convicted of arson, robbery and attacking government offices in connection to the March violence. They receive prison sentences ranging from three years to life.

May 8, 2008 – The Olympic flame reaches the summit of Mount Everest at 9:18 a.m. (9:18 p.m. ET May 7). Of the 31 climbers who carry the flame up Mount Everest, 22 are Tibetan. Five torchbearers, three Tibetan and two Han Chinese, carry the torch to the summit, and Tsering Wangmo, a 23-year old Tibetan woman, carries the flame atop the peak. Concurrently, the main Olympic flame makes its way across China as part of the host country’s relay.

June 12, 2008 – The Dalai Lama urges his supporters not to cause trouble when the Olympic torch passes through Tibet; he also reiterates a general plea for his supporters not to target the torch or the Olympic Games.

June 21, 2008 – The Olympic torch passes through Lhasa without incident.

June 25, 2008 – Three months after closing Tibet to foreigners, the Chinese government reopens the region to tourists.

January 2009 – Tibetan lawmakers declare March 28 a holiday to mark the day China says one million people were freed in 1959 from serfdom, according to state media.

March 2009 – Near the first anniversary of the riots and 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising, a monk sets himself on fire in Sichuan Province. He is shot at by police according to human rights groups. State media claim the monk was transported to a hospital as soon as the flames were extinguished. Foreign tourists are banned from Tibet during March.

March 2010 – A government chosen, approved and groomed Panchen Lama, successor to the Dalai Lama, is appointed by the Chinese government. The Panchen Lama chosen by the Dalia Lama is denounced by Beijing as invalid as he was not chosen according to tradition.

February 2010 – China summons US Ambassador Jon Huntsman to express its “strong dissatisfaction” of a meeting between the Dalai Lama and US President Barack Obama.

October 2010 – Tibetan students protest the Chinese government overhaul of Tibet’s school system that limits the use of the Tibetan language in schools.

March 10, 2011 – The Dalai Lama announces he plans to retire as political head of the Tibetan exile movement.

March 16, 2011 – Monk Phuntsog sets himself ablaze in protest on the third anniversary of the 2008 demonstrations.

April 27, 2011 – The Tibetan government-in-exile announces that Lobsang Sangay has been elected Tibetan Prime Minister, with 55% of the vote.

May 29, 2011 – The Dalai Lama approves amendments to the exiled constitution, formally removing his political and administrative responsibilities. He remains the spiritual leader.

August 15, 2011 – Monk Tsewang Norbu, 29, an activist, sets himself ablaze, calling for Tibetan freedom.

February 2012 – The International Campaign for Tibet in Washington says 22 monks, nuns and other Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the last year alone, in protest of Chinese rule.

March 26, 2012 – Jampa Yeshi, 27, a Tibetan protester, sets himself alight in New Delhi ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India. He is hospitalized with burns on 90% of his body and later succumbs to his injuries on March 28.

July 17, 2012 – Lobsan Lobzin, an 18-year-old Tibetan monk, sets himself on fire in a monastery in China’s Sichuan province, according to the Central Tibetan Administration.

August 13, 2012 – Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in Sichuan province. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) named the two Tibetans as Lungtok, a monk from the restive Kirti monastery in southwest China, and an ordinary citizen named Tashi.

February 13, 2013 – An unidentified Tibetan man sets himself ablaze in Katmandu, Nepal, near a major Buddhist structure. His actions coincide with the Tibetan festival of Losar, or New Year.

February 2014 – According to Tibetan advocacy groups, there have been at least 125 self-immolations by Tibetans in the last five years.

April 25, 2015 – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal killing more than 8,000 people. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reports 25 deaths in neighboring Tibet. Weeks later on May 12, another major earthquake strikes Nepal, killing at least 94 people, including a woman in Tibet.

March 23, 2018 – US President Donald Trump signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 into law, which approves continued and additional funding for Tibetan communities inside Tibet, as well as exiled Tibetans in India and Nepal.

December 9, 2022 – The US Treasury Dept. announces sanctions against two Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in Tibet. On December 23, China announces sanctions against two US citizens and their family members in retaliation.

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