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Tibetan monks get record deal and Glastonbury spot

A group of Tibetan monks could soon be storming the alternative charts with their spiritual brand of music after signing a global record deal.

The Gyuto Monks, whose oldest member is 78, have landed a record contract with Decca and have been invited to perform at Glastonbury Festival next month.

The group are based in Dharamsala in northern India, home of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and have performed on stages around the world.

Their album, Chants: The Spirit Of Tibet, has been recorded at their monastery in the Himalayan foothills by UK producer Youth who has worked with U2, Sir Paul McCartney and Depeche Mode among others.

The monks' Glastonbury performance on June 27 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence and will see them conducting a traditional ceremony in the Green Fields.

Thupten Phuntsok said: "We are honoured to be invited to take part in the world's premiere music and performing arts festival, at the spiritual centre of the site."

Rescuers continue to work after Tibet mining landslide

Rescuers work to save workers in Tibet. Credit: CCTV

Rescuers are working to reach 83 workers trapped by a landslide in a mining area of Tibet, China's state-run news agency Xinhua and Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV reported.

The landslide, over an area of about 3 km, struck in Maizhokunggar County on Friday, Xinhua said.

It buried a camp of workers employed by the Tibet Huatailong Mining Development Co Ltd, Xinhua added.

Speaking to CCTV, Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Tibetan Regional Committee Wu Yingjie said over 2000 people were involved in the rescue operation.


Dalai Lama to spread Buddhist teachings

The Dalai Lama's tour of the UK aims to spread the 76-year-old Buddhist's teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters and he will also appear with actor and comedian Brand at a youth event in Manchester on Friday.

The Dalai Lama is set to begin an eight-day tour of the UK. Credit: Reuters

Brand will act as a master of ceremonies when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change.

Dalai Lama to begin UK tour

The Dalai Lama is set to begin an eight-day tour of the UK. Credit: Reuters

The Dalai Lama will begin a national tour of the UK which will include an appearance alongside comedian Russell Brand.

The Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Manchester, Leeds and London during the eight-day visit which will see him pass on a message of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility.

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Plain clothes police issued with fire extinguishers

A plain-clothes security team Credit: Angus Walker

A team of plain-clothes security police wait outside the room where Premier Wen Jiabao is delivering his annual press conference.

The squad has been issued with small fire extinguishers, perhaps in response to the spate of self-immolations in protest at what some see as China's occupation of Tibet.

More than 20 Tibetan monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in last year, mainly in south-west China.