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Chinese leaders believe the 75-year-old monk, who fled Tibet when the region was invaded by China in 1959, is scheming to attain political independence for his homeland. Tibet’s political status is an internal matter for China, authorities here argue, leaving no place for input from Washington. President Obama is believed to have declined a meeting with the Dalai Lama last October, to avoid tense relations with his Chinese counterparts before his first visit to China in November. In Beijing, China’s leaders reportedly urged the President to refrain from ever meeting with their Tibetan rival. Since that trip, relations between Beijing and Washington have gone steadily downhill. The long list of disputes kicked off in earnest at the Copenhagen climate change summit, when China and the U.S., the world’s carbon emissions giants, failed to find common ground. China then refused the Obama administration’s request to revalue its currency. That was followed by ongoing trade disputes on items ranging from steel to chicken. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton then publically backed Google in its stand against the Chinese government’s internet censorship. Beijing was incensed when the U.S. sold $6.4 billion of weaponry to Taiwan, a disputed region that China claims as its own. The White House tried to downplay Thursday’s closed-door meeting, choosing to release just a single photo of the event. But, the fact that the two men met at all was enough to anger Beijing. Nonetheless, there might never be a good time for a U.S. president to meet the Dalai Lama. Since George Bush Sr. was in office, each successive American leader has met the Tibetan, and each time, Chinese authorities have issued loud objections in response. So far, Sino-U.S. ties have weathered the inevitable storm that follows, and it is unlikely China will do much more to protest the Dalai Lama’s latest visit. That does not mean, however, that the issue has been resolved. For weeks, China’s state-controlled media have echoed the unhappiness of the government. “What would the U.S. government feel and do if Chinese leaders meet someone who has been carrying out activities for the independence of one of its states, say Alaska?” writes China Daily op-ed columnist Zhu Yuan, adding that President Obama “is giving the impression that he told lies or at least did not speak from the bottom of his heart when promising to promote Sino-U.S. relations.”

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Niger has become increasingly isolated since then, with the 15-nation regional bloc of West African states suspending Niger from its ranks and the U.S

The soldiers also said Thursday on state TV that the country’s constitution had been suspended and all its institutions dissolved. The spokesman for the soldiers said the country is now being led by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy and asked their countrymen and the international community to have faith in their ideals which “could turn Niger into an example of democracy and of good governance.”

Smoke rose from the white-hued multistory palace complex and https://programs-kingdom.com/ the echo of machine-gunfire for at least two hours sent frightened residents running for cover, emptying the desert country’s downtown boulevards at midday.

Traore Amadou, a local journalist who was in the presidency when the shooting began, said President Mamadou Tandja was kidnapped by mutinous troops.

French radio station Radio France Internationale reported that the soldiers burst in and neutralized the presidential guard before politely escorting Tandja outside to a waiting car which drove him toward a military camp on the outskirts of the capital. His whereabouts remained unknown hours later when the soldiers took to the airwaves to announce the coup.

Tandja first took power in democratic elections in 1999 that followed an era of coups and rebellions. But instead of stepping down as mandated by law on Dec. 22, he triggered a political crisis by pushing through a new constitution in August that removed term limits and gave him near-totalitarian powers.

Niger has become increasingly isolated since then, with the 15-nation regional bloc of West African states suspending Niger from its ranks and the U.S. government cutting off non-humanitarian aid and imposing travel restrictions on some government officials.

The ease with which Niger’s democratic institutions have been swept aside has marked a setback for a region struggling to shake off autocratic rulers. In Guinea, a military junta seized power in December 2008 after the death of the country’s longtime dictator, only to have the junta leader go into voluntary exile after he survived an assassination attempt a year later.

The nation’s latest troubles began suddenly in Niamey on Thursday afternoon, when gunfire broke out around the impoverished nation’s small presidency.

“Armored vehicles came into the palace and began shooting at the building,” said Moussa Mounkaila, a palace driver. He said the mutinous troops had come from a military barracks at Tondibia, about seven miles (12 kilometers) west of the capital. Mounkaila said he saw smoke rising from the damaged presidency before he jumped over a wall and fled.

Tandja had just gathered government ministers for a Cabinet meeting when the gunfire erupted outside.

A diplomat in neighboring Burkina Faso said the mutinous soldiers are led by Col. Abdoulaye Adamou Harouna, the former aide-de-camp of Niger’s previous coup leader Maj. Daouda Mallam Wanke. In Niamey, soldiers contacted by telephone inside their barracks said the coup was led by Col. Adamou Harouna, but gave a different first name – saying it was Djibril, not Abdoulaye, and did not confirm whether or not he was an aide to Wanke.

It was Wanke that led the 1999 coup, seizing power after the country’s former military strongman was gunned down in an incident that was dubbed “an accident.” Wanke, however, organized democratic elections less than a year later, which Tandja won. The diplomat, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said that Harouna – once Wanke’s top aide – is part of an army faction that is deeply disillusioned with Tandja for violating his constitutionally mandated term limit.

They see him as having violated the trust the military initial placed in him when they ceded power in elections 11 years ago, he said. It was not immediately possible to confirm the diplomat’s account or to resolve the discrepancy in the name.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was closely following developments and receiving regular updates from his Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

“It would be recalled that the secretary-general has called on the stakeholders in Niger to swiftly revert to constitutional order in the settlement of the political crisis that developed in that country last year,” Okabe said at U.N. headquarters in New York.

In their broadcast on state TV, the soldiers said the country was now under a curfew and that all its borders had been sealed.

An Air France flight that was scheduled to land at Niamey on Thursday afternoon was diverted to neighboring Burkina Faso, said a company spokeswoman.

So was the private plane of the Senegalese foreign minister who had been dispatched by Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade and who was prevented from landing in Niger by the army, said Senegalese government spokesman Bamba Ndiaye.

Just days before Thursday’s coup, Wade had been named mediator for Niger’s political crisis by ECOWAS, a regional bloc of 15 West African countries.

After three coups hit Niger between 1974 and 1999, Tandja twice won votes deemed fair. But in the waning months of his final term, critics say he went down the path of many long-serving African despots, breaking a promise he had frequently made to step down when his term expired in December.

Opposition leaders say Tandja morphed from democrat to dictator over the course of several months last year. In May 2009, he dissolved the national assembly because it opposed his plan to hold a referendum removing term limits. The move was legal but the following month he invoked extraordinary powers to rule by decree, dissolving the constitutional court that also opposed his plan.

The two bodies represented the only real checks on his power. The last obstacle was the constitution itself, which contained a clause saying that the two-term limit could not be amended. In August, Tandja forced through a referendum boycotted by the opposition that created a new constitution. It gave him greatly boosted powers and an unprecedented three-year extension of his rule before another round of elections can be held.

The Aug. 4 vote came despite opposition from international donors who could cut crucial aid and from critics at home who say the Islamic nation’s nascent democracy has been hijacked by a new African strongman.

Tandja claims he is only pushing to stay in power because his people have demanded it. He says they want him to finish several mammoth projects worth billions of dollars that have begun in recent months, including a hydroelectric dam, an oil refinery and what will be the largest uranium mine in Africa.

Uranium-rich Niger is ranked at the bottom on the U.N.’s worldwide human development index and has an astounding 70 percent illiteracy rate. The nation on the Sahara’s southern edge has been perpetually battered by drought and desertification.

Niger has become increasingly isolated since then, with the 15-nation regional bloc of West African states suspending Niger from its ranks and the U.S

The soldiers also said Thursday on state TV that the country’s constitution had been suspended and all its institutions dissolved. The spokesman for the soldiers said the country is now being led by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy and asked their countrymen and the international community to have faith in their ideals which “could turn Niger into an example of democracy and of good governance.”

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Traore Amadou, a local journalist who was in the presidency when the shooting began, said President Mamadou Tandja was kidnapped by mutinous troops.

French radio station Radio France Internationale reported that the soldiers burst in and neutralized the presidential guard before politely escorting Tandja outside to a waiting car which drove him toward a military camp on the outskirts of the capital. His whereabouts remained unknown hours later when the soldiers took to the airwaves to announce the coup.

Tandja first took power in democratic elections in 1999 that followed an era of coups and rebellions. But instead of stepping down as mandated by law on Dec. 22, he triggered a political crisis by pushing through a new constitution in August that removed term limits and 대구출장안마 gave him near-totalitarian powers.

Niger has become increasingly isolated since then, with the 15-nation regional bloc of West African states suspending Niger from its ranks and the U.S. government cutting off non-humanitarian aid and imposing travel restrictions on some government officials.

The ease with which Niger’s democratic institutions have been swept aside has marked a setback for a region struggling to shake off autocratic rulers. In Guinea, a military junta seized power in December 2008 after the death of the country’s longtime dictator, only to have the junta leader go into voluntary exile after he survived an assassination attempt a year later.

The nation’s latest troubles began suddenly in Niamey on Thursday afternoon, when gunfire broke out around the impoverished nation’s small presidency.

“Armored vehicles came into the palace and began shooting at the building,” said Moussa Mounkaila, a palace driver. He said the mutinous troops had come from a military barracks at Tondibia, about seven miles (12 kilometers) west of the capital. Mounkaila said he saw smoke rising from the damaged presidency before he jumped over a wall and fled.

Tandja had just gathered government ministers for a Cabinet meeting when the gunfire erupted outside.

A diplomat in neighboring Burkina Faso said the mutinous soldiers are led by Col. Abdoulaye Adamou Harouna, the former aide-de-camp of Niger’s previous coup leader Maj. Daouda Mallam Wanke. In Niamey, soldiers contacted by telephone inside their barracks said the coup was led by Col. Adamou Harouna, but gave a different first name – saying it was Djibril, not Abdoulaye, and did not confirm whether or not he was an aide to Wanke.

It was Wanke that led the 1999 coup, seizing power after the country’s former military strongman was gunned down in an incident that was dubbed “an accident.” Wanke, however, organized democratic elections less than a year later, which Tandja won. The diplomat, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said that Harouna – once Wanke’s top aide – is part of an army faction that is deeply disillusioned with Tandja for violating his constitutionally mandated term limit.

They see him as having violated the trust the military initial placed in him when they ceded power in elections 11 years ago, he said. It was not immediately possible to confirm the diplomat’s account or to resolve the discrepancy in the name.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was closely following developments and receiving regular updates from his Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

“It would be recalled that the secretary-general has called on the stakeholders in Niger to swiftly revert to constitutional order in the settlement of the political crisis that developed in that country last year,” Okabe said at U.N. headquarters in New York.

In their broadcast on state TV, the soldiers said the country was now under a curfew and that all its borders had been sealed.

An Air France flight that was scheduled to land at Niamey on Thursday afternoon was diverted to neighboring Burkina Faso, said a company spokeswoman.

So was the private plane of the Senegalese foreign minister who had been dispatched by Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade and who was prevented from landing in Niger by the army, said Senegalese government spokesman Bamba Ndiaye.

Just days before Thursday’s coup, Wade had been named mediator for Niger’s political crisis by ECOWAS, a regional bloc of 15 West African countries.

After three coups hit Niger between 1974 and 1999, Tandja twice won votes deemed fair. But in the waning months of his final term, critics say he went down the path of many long-serving African despots, breaking a promise he had frequently made to step down when his term expired in December.

Opposition leaders say Tandja morphed from democrat to dictator over the course of several months last year. In May 2009, he dissolved the national assembly because it opposed his plan to hold a referendum removing term limits. The move was legal but the following month he invoked extraordinary powers to rule by decree, dissolving the constitutional court that also opposed his plan.

The two bodies represented the only real checks on his power. The last obstacle was the constitution itself, which contained a clause saying that the two-term limit could not be amended. In August, Tandja forced through a referendum boycotted by the opposition that created a new constitution. It gave him greatly boosted powers and an unprecedented three-year extension of his rule before another round of elections can be held.

The Aug. 4 vote came despite opposition from international donors who could cut crucial aid and from critics at home who say the Islamic nation’s nascent democracy has been hijacked by a new African strongman.

Tandja claims he is only pushing to stay in power because his people have demanded it. He says they want him to finish several mammoth projects worth billions of dollars that have begun in recent months, including a hydroelectric dam, an oil refinery and what will be the largest uranium mine in Africa.

Uranium-rich Niger is ranked at the bottom on the U.N.’s worldwide human development index and has an astounding 70 percent illiteracy rate. The nation on the Sahara’s southern edge has been perpetually battered by drought and desertification.

The sniper fire was an added threat on top of the homemade bombs, or IEDs, which the Taliban planted in vast numbers across Marjah, adds Clark

About two dozen Marines were inserted into an area where skilled Taliban marksmen are known to operate, an officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.

U.S. and Afghan troops encountered skilled sharpshooters and better-fortified Taliban positions Thursday, indicating that insurgent resistance in their logistics and opium-smuggling centre was far from crushed.

Special Report: Afghanistan

CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark, embedded with U.S. Marines on the frontline, said she could hear single-shot sniper rounds on top of the machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as Lima Company engaged militants in an intense firefight.

The sniper fire was an added threat on top of the homemade bombs, or IEDs, which the Taliban planted in vast numbers across Marjah, adds Clark.

“Yesterday, our convoy hit one, and just moments ago on the same main bit of road, another convoy hit an IED,” Clark told “The Early Show” via phone from the front.

More coverage from CBS News Correspondent Mandy Clark:

Marines Reach out to Marjah PopulationMarines Drive Into Afghan StrongholdMarines Engage Taliban on Edge of MarjahAfghanistan: Life on the Frontline

A Marine general said Thursday that U.S. and Afghan allied forces do now control the main roads and markets in Marjah, but fighting has raged on elsewhere in the southern farming town. A British general said he expected it would take another month to secure the town.

NATO said six international service members died Thursday, bringing the number of allied troops killed in the offensive to 11 NATO troops and one Afghan soldier. The international coalition did not disclose their nationalities, but Britain’s Defense Ministry said two British soldiers were among the dead.

No precise figures on Taliban deaths have been released, but senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 have died. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.

Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commander of U.S. Marines in Marjah, told The Associated Press that allied forces have taken control of the main roads, bridges and government centers in Marjah, a town of about 80,000 people located 360 miles southwest of Kabul.

“I’d say we control the spine” of the town, Nicholson said as he inspected the Marines’ front line in the north of the dusty, mud-brick town. “We’re where we want to be.”

As Nicholson spoke, bursts of heavy machine-gun fire in the near distance showed that insurgents still hold terrain about a half-mile away.

“Every day, there’s not a dramatic change. It’s steady,” he said, noting that fighting continues to erupt.

The offensive in Marjah is the biggest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, and a test of President Barack Obama’s strategy for reversing the rise of the Taliban while protecting civilians.

Plans call for NATO to rush in a civilian administration, restore public services and pour in aid to try to win the loyalty of the population in preventing the Taliban from returning.

But stubborn Taliban resistance, coupled with restrictive rules on allies’ use of heavy weaponry when civilians may be at risk, have slowed the advance through the town. The NATO commander of troops in southern Afghanistan, 대전출장샵 British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, told reporters in Washington via a video hookup that he expects it could take another 30 days to secure Marjah.

NATO has given no figures on civilian deaths since a count of 15 earlier in the offensive. Afghan rights groups have reported 19 dead. Since those figures were given, much of the fighting has shifted away from the heavily built-up area, where most civilians live.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly criticized the use of air strikes and other long-range weaponry because of the risk to civilians. Twelve of the 15 deaths reported by NATO happened when two rockets hit a home on Sunday.

The allied troops have to go to great lengths to distinguish insurgents from civilians. Marines detained one man Thursday as he left a compound they had taken fire from. He had no weapon but a quick test found gunpowder residue on his hands – sufficient grounds to arrest him.

Soldiers tied the suspect’s hands behind his back and covered his face with a shawl while he sat cross-legged on the ground waiting to be hauled away.

Throughout Thursday, U.S. Marines pummeled insurgents with mortars, sniper fire and missiles as gun battles intensified. Taliban fighters fired back with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, some of the fire far more accurate than Marines have faced in other Afghan battles.

The increasingly accurate sniper fire – and strong intelligence on possible suicide bomb threats – indicated that insurgents from outside Marjah are still operating within the town, Nicholson said.

There were also pockets of calm Thursday. Some families returned to their homes, their donkeys laden with their belongings. Several stores reopened in the bullet-riddled bazaar in the north of town, and customers lined up to buy goods for the first time in nearly a week.

One Marjah farmer said the Taliban broke into his home and used it to fire on the troops.

“We couldn’t do anything when one of them was forcing his way into our house. What could we do?” said Sayed Wakhan, a sunburned, middle-aged opium poppy farmer in northern Marjah.

But Wakhan, who spoke to reporters as he mixed mud to make repairs on his house, also said he didn’t trust the government forces who now occupy his neighborhood.

“I have suffered at the hands of police, and I don’t like the international forces coming into our area,” he snapped. His remarks were a reminder of the tough job ahead for NATO and Afghan authorities in winning over locals used to an uneasy peace under the Taliban.

Also Thursday, a NATO air strike in northern Afghanistan missed a group of insurgents and killed seven Afghan policemen, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

A NATO statement acknowledged the report and said it and the ministry were investigating.

In eastern Afghanistan, eight Afghan policemen defected to the Taliban, according to Mirza Khan, the deputy provincial police chief.

The policemen abandoned their posts in central Wardak province’s Chak district and joined the militants there, he said. One of them had previous ties to the Taliban, he said, but would not elaborate.

“These policemen came on their own and told us they want to join with the Taliban. Now they are with us,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Muhajid said.

side seriously interferes in China’s internal politics and seriously hurts the national feelings of the Chinese people,” the statement said, quoting spokesman Ma Zhaoxu

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“The behavior of the U.S. side seriously interferes in China’s internal politics and seriously hurts the national feelings of the Chinese people,” the statement said, quoting spokesman Ma Zhaoxu.

The meeting was seen as another test of rocky ties between Beijing and Washington, strained in recent weeks by issues from Taiwan arms sales to cyber spying allegations.

However, the language of the protest issued by the Foreign Ministry was relatively constrained, a reflection of the White House’s low-key treatment of the meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader and Beijing’s own desire to maintain healthy China-U.S. relations. The meeting was in the White House’s Map Room, a lower-profile venue than the Oval Office.

In his statement, Ma expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the meeting.

“The Chinese side demands that the U.S. side seriously consider China’s stance, immediately adopt measures to wipe out the baneful impact and stop conniving and supporting anti-China separatist forces that seek Tibet independence,” said the statement, posted on the ministry’s Web site.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to remove Tibet from Chinese rule and objects strongly to all contact between him and overseas leaders.

The White House said Obama told the Dalai Lama that he backs the preservation of Tibet’s culture and supports human rights for its people. He also gave encouragement to the Dalai Lama’s request for talks with the Chinese government.

While the meeting was long expected, the administration had taken considerable measures to limit its impact on China-U.S. relations. Obama had declined to see the Dalai Lama during his Washington stay in October because it would have come before the president’s November China visit.

There was no welcome fanfare on Thursday and Obama made no public comments, issuing only a brief statement through his spokesman. The White House banned reporters and TV cameras, distributing a single photo of the two leaders.

Meetings between the Dalai Lama and U.S. presidents became standard fare under former President George H.W. Bush nearly 20 years ago. But the choreography is always delicate and closely watched because of China’s sensitivities.

The meeting came at a time when U.S.-Chinese relations are particularly raw, with China warning of retaliation over the Obama administration’s approval of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Taiwan, the self-governing democratic island that Beijing claims as its own, has raised tensions.

Disputes over trade, exchange rates, and human rights have also ratcheted up tensions, although Beijing has recently seemed to indicate through the official media that it doesn’t want to see a major crisis.

After the White House meeting, the Dalai Lama chided Beijing for taking a “childish” and “limited” approach to Tibet’s quest for greater autonomy and said Obama had been “very much supportive” of his views on human rights and 대구출장샵 the concerns of the Tibetan people.

His envoy, Lodi Gyari, said Tibetans feeling marginalized by China would get encouragement from the session.

The 75-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner denies China’s accusations of separatism, saying he wants only for Tibetans to have a greater say over their affairs while remaining under Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and has since led a self-declared government-in-exiled in India.

China claims Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries and sent communist forces to occupy the Himalayan region in 1950. Many Tibetans say they were functionally independent for most of their history and accuse China of undermining Tibet’s unique Buddhist culture and flooding the region with Chinese migrants.

Sporadic contacts between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and Chinese officials were renewed last month after a break of more than a year. No breakthroughs were announced and China has made no firm indications of offering concessions to the Tibetan side.

While the meeting was long expected, the administration had taken considerable measures to limit its impact on China-U.S

Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai summoned U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman to lodge a “solemn representation” over Thursday’s meeting at the White House, the ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site.

“The behavior of the U.S. side seriously interferes in China’s internal politics and seriously hurts the national feelings of the Chinese people,” the statement said, quoting spokesman Ma Zhaoxu.

The meeting was seen as another test of rocky ties between Beijing and Washington, strained in recent weeks by issues from Taiwan arms sales to cyber spying allegations.

However, the language of the protest issued by the Foreign Ministry was relatively constrained, a reflection of the White House’s low-key treatment of the meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader and 경기도출장샵 Beijing’s own desire to maintain healthy China-U.S. relations. The meeting was in the White House’s Map Room, a lower-profile venue than the Oval Office.

In his statement, Ma expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the meeting.

“The Chinese side demands that the U.S. side seriously consider China’s stance, immediately adopt measures to wipe out the baneful impact and stop conniving and supporting anti-China separatist forces that seek Tibet independence,” said the statement, posted on the ministry’s Web site.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to remove Tibet from Chinese rule and objects strongly to all contact between him and overseas leaders.

The White House said Obama told the Dalai Lama that he backs the preservation of Tibet’s culture and supports human rights for its people. He also gave encouragement to the Dalai Lama’s request for talks with the Chinese government.

While the meeting was long expected, the administration had taken considerable measures to limit its impact on China-U.S. relations. Obama had declined to see the Dalai Lama during his Washington stay in October because it would have come before the president’s November China visit.

There was no welcome fanfare on Thursday and Obama made no public comments, issuing only a brief statement through his spokesman. The White House banned reporters and TV cameras, distributing a single photo of the two leaders.

Meetings between the Dalai Lama and U.S. presidents became standard fare under former President George H.W. Bush nearly 20 years ago. But the choreography is always delicate and closely watched because of China’s sensitivities.

The meeting came at a time when U.S.-Chinese relations are particularly raw, with China warning of retaliation over the Obama administration’s approval of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Taiwan, the self-governing democratic island that Beijing claims as its own, has raised tensions.

Disputes over trade, exchange rates, and human rights have also ratcheted up tensions, although Beijing has recently seemed to indicate through the official media that it doesn’t want to see a major crisis.

After the White House meeting, the Dalai Lama chided Beijing for taking a “childish” and “limited” approach to Tibet’s quest for greater autonomy and said Obama had been “very much supportive” of his views on human rights and the concerns of the Tibetan people.

His envoy, Lodi Gyari, said Tibetans feeling marginalized by China would get encouragement from the session.

The 75-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner denies China’s accusations of separatism, saying he wants only for Tibetans to have a greater say over their affairs while remaining under Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and has since led a self-declared government-in-exiled in India.

China claims Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries and sent communist forces to occupy the Himalayan region in 1950. Many Tibetans say they were functionally independent for most of their history and accuse China of undermining Tibet’s unique Buddhist culture and flooding the region with Chinese migrants.

Sporadic contacts between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and Chinese officials were renewed last month after a break of more than a year. No breakthroughs were announced and China has made no firm indications of offering concessions to the Tibetan side.

A NATO statement acknowledged the report and said it and the ministry were investigating

About two dozen Marines were inserted into an area where skilled Taliban marksmen are known to operate, an officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.

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Special Report: Afghanistan

CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark, embedded with U.S. Marines on the frontline, said she could hear single-shot sniper rounds on top of the machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as Lima Company engaged militants in an intense firefight.

The sniper fire was an added threat on top of the homemade bombs, or IEDs, which the Taliban planted in vast numbers across Marjah, adds Clark.

“Yesterday, our convoy hit one, and just moments ago on the same main bit of road, another convoy hit an IED,” Clark told “The Early Show” via phone from the front.

More coverage from CBS News Correspondent Mandy Clark:

Marines Reach out to Marjah PopulationMarines Drive Into Afghan StrongholdMarines Engage Taliban on Edge of MarjahAfghanistan: Life on the Frontline

A Marine general said Thursday that U.S. and Afghan allied forces do now control the main roads and markets in Marjah, but fighting has raged on elsewhere in the southern farming town. A British general said he expected it would take another month to secure the town.

NATO said six international service members died Thursday, bringing the number of allied troops killed in the offensive to 11 NATO troops and one Afghan soldier. The international coalition did not disclose their nationalities, but Britain’s Defense Ministry said two British soldiers were among the dead.

No precise figures on Taliban deaths have been released, but senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 have died. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.

Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commander of U.S. Marines in Marjah, told The Associated Press that allied forces have taken control of the main roads, bridges and government centers in Marjah, a town of about 80,000 people located 360 miles southwest of Kabul.

“I’d say we control the spine” of the town, Nicholson said as he inspected the Marines’ front line in the north of the dusty, mud-brick town. “We’re where we want to be.”

As Nicholson spoke, bursts of heavy machine-gun fire in the near distance showed that insurgents still hold terrain about a half-mile away.

“Every day, there’s not a dramatic change. It’s steady,” he said, noting that fighting continues to erupt.

The offensive in Marjah is the biggest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, and a test of President Barack Obama’s strategy for reversing the rise of the Taliban while protecting civilians.

Plans call for NATO to rush in a civilian administration, restore public services and pour in aid to try to win the loyalty of the population in preventing the Taliban from returning.

But stubborn Taliban resistance, coupled with restrictive rules on allies’ use of heavy weaponry when civilians may be at risk, have slowed the advance through the town. The NATO commander of troops in southern Afghanistan, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, told reporters in Washington via a video hookup that he expects it could take another 30 days to secure Marjah.

NATO has given no figures on civilian deaths since a count of 15 earlier in the offensive. Afghan rights groups have reported 19 dead. Since those figures were given, much of the fighting has shifted away from the heavily built-up area, where most civilians live.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly criticized the use of air strikes and other long-range weaponry because of the risk to civilians. Twelve of the 15 deaths reported by NATO happened when two rockets hit a home on Sunday.

The allied troops have to go to great lengths to distinguish insurgents from civilians. Marines detained one man Thursday as he left a compound they had taken fire from. He had no weapon but a quick test found gunpowder residue on his hands – sufficient grounds to arrest him.

Soldiers tied the suspect’s hands behind his back and covered his face with a shawl while he sat cross-legged on the ground waiting to be hauled away.

Throughout Thursday, U.S. Marines pummeled insurgents with mortars, sniper fire and missiles as gun battles intensified. Taliban fighters fired back with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, some of the fire far more accurate than Marines have faced in other Afghan battles.

The increasingly accurate sniper fire – and strong intelligence on possible suicide bomb threats – indicated that insurgents from outside Marjah are still operating within the town, Nicholson said.

There were also pockets of calm Thursday. Some families returned to their homes, their donkeys laden with their belongings. Several stores reopened in the bullet-riddled bazaar in the north of town, and customers lined up to buy goods for the first time in nearly a week.

One Marjah farmer said the Taliban broke into his home and used it to fire on the troops.

“We couldn’t do anything when one of them was forcing his way into our house. What could we do?” said Sayed Wakhan, a sunburned, middle-aged opium poppy farmer in northern Marjah.

But Wakhan, who spoke to reporters as he mixed mud to make repairs on his house, also said he didn’t trust the government forces who now occupy his neighborhood.

“I have suffered at the hands of police, and I don’t like the international forces coming into our area,” he snapped. His remarks were a reminder of the tough job ahead for https://2rbcafe.com/ NATO and Afghan authorities in winning over locals used to an uneasy peace under the Taliban.

Also Thursday, a NATO air strike in northern Afghanistan missed a group of insurgents and killed seven Afghan policemen, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

A NATO statement acknowledged the report and said it and the ministry were investigating.

In eastern Afghanistan, eight Afghan policemen defected to the Taliban, according to Mirza Khan, the deputy provincial police chief.

The policemen abandoned their posts in central Wardak province’s Chak district and joined the militants there, he said. One of them had previous ties to the Taliban, he said, but would not elaborate.

“These policemen came on their own and told us they want to join with the Taliban. Now they are with us,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Muhajid said.

President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis in Washington

Only 42 years old at the time of his death, Elvis Presley lived a life long on groundbreaking musical achievements. Follow the American legend’s rise to the top.

Elvis Aaron Presley is born in a shotgun shanty in Tupelo, Miss. An identical twin brother, Jesse, does not survive the birth.

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Vernon Presley is sent to prison for about a year for altering a $4 check. Elvis and his mother cannot afford to keep the house and move in with relatives.

Elvis gets his first taste of fame, winning second prize for singing “Old Shep” at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show.

The future king of Rock ‘n’ Roll gets his first guitar. Elvis had asked his parents for a bicycle, but the guitar was the most they could afford.

The Presleys move to Memphis, Tenn. in search of brighter fortunes.

Fresh out of high school, 17-year-old Elvis makes his first record. He cuts two songs at the now-legendary Sun Studio, a $5 birthday gift for his mother.

Elvis returns to Sun and meets studio owner Sam Phillips. Phillips had proclaimed that if he could find a young white singer with the sound and spirit of a black man, 대구출장샵 he would make a billion dollars. He hooks Elvis up with some local musicians to record and play shows.

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Elvis signs a contract with Hank Snow Attractions. Co-owner “Colonel” Tom Parker becomes the singer’s exclusive manager.

Phillips sells Elvis’ contract and the rights to his Sun singles to RCA. He quickly becomes pop music’s biggest new star.

“Heartbreak Hotel” hits the top of the Billboard charts. The single also earns Elvis his first gold record.

Elvis signs a seven-year movie contract with Paramount Pictures. Being a movie star was one of his main ambitions.

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His hometown of Tupelo, Miss., declares “Elvis Presley Day” on the occasion of his return performance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. This time, the National Guard has to be called in to maintain order.

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“Love Me Tender,” Elvis’ first musical movie, premieres. From 1956 to 1969, he stars in 33 feature films, most of them following nearly identical scripts, and all subject to approval by Colonel Parker.

Elvis returns to Sun and meets studio owner Sam Phillips. Phillips had proclaimed that if he could find a young white singer with the sound and spirit of a black man, he would make a billion dollars. He hooks Elvis up with some local musicians to record and play shows.

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Elvis is drafted into the U.S. Army. A throng of photographers and reporters are on hand as he gets his first G.I. haircut. Most of his military service is done in West Germany.

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Gladys Presley dies of complications from hepatitis. Elvis, who was granted emergency leave to be by her side, is devastated.

Elvis meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his home in Germany.

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Elvis is discharged from the Army and immediately returns to recording, performing and filming movies.

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Priscilla moves into Graceland, finishing her senior year of high school in Memphis.

The Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, and congratulations from Elvis and the Colonel are read over the air. Sgt. Presley didn’t know it at the time, but his perch at the top of the pops was about to come under a “British invasion.”

Elvis and Priscilla say “I do” in a Las Vegas wedding. Daughter Lisa Marie is born exactly nine months later.

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“Elvis,” a television special that captures the singer’s first performances in front of a live audience in seven years, is aired on NBC. It earns rave reviews and becomes one of pop music’s greatest TV moments.

A four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas breaks attendance records for the city and spawns Elvis’ first live album. He returns to the road for the first time in years with the musical extravaganza.

President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis in Washington. Former Nixon White House aide Egil “Bud” Krogh set up the meeting.

“Burning Love” hits number two on the charts, Elvis’ biggest single in years.

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Elvis and Priscilla divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable difference.

A year of heavy touring for Elvis.

Elvis dies at Graceland. The cause is listed as congestive heart failure, but later investigations show drug abuse may have been a factor. His personal physician is accused of indiscriminately giving the singer pills, but is acquitted of the charges.

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Sources: Associated Press, Hollywood.com, Elvis.com

there is a specific document relating to this that I am going to reserve for a court.” Steamrolling in New York’s Long Island is the nasty divorce proceedings between Dina and Michael Lohan

Britney and K-Fed’s marriage may have officially ended last week, but their battle continues. On Wednesday, a lawyer for Federline filed an order to show cause for primary physical custody of their two children.

The pop tart, whose bizarre behavior has been well documented by the tabloids, must respond to the filing at a scheduled hearing.

Meanwhile, one of Spears’ former flings spilled the gory details of his wild night with Britney to Us Weekly. Matt Encinias told the magazine that the singer pounded drinks and removed her top before jumping topless into a pool.

Brown, who gave birth to daughter Angel in April, tied the knot with boyfriend Stephen Belafonte in June, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, court documents revealed this week that Jennifer Lopez was awarded nearly $600,000 in a suit against her ex, Ojani Noa.

According to court papers made public on Monday, the singer claimed that her first husband 대구출장안마 violated a previous agremement in which he said he would remain mum about their relationship, reports said.

“Two And A Half Men” star Charlie Sheen chose national TV to reveal a startling request by his ex-wife Denise Richards. Sheen told “Entertainment Tonight” that Richards asked him to father her third child, even though he is is engaged to be married to someone else.

“There was a request for a donation,” Sheen told “ET” in an interview that aired Tuesday night. “Without getting into it here … there is a specific document relating to this that I am going to reserve for a court.”

Steamrolling in New York’s Long Island is the nasty divorce proceedings between Dina and Michael Lohan. The parents of embattled actress Lindsay Lohan – who is reportedly in rehab – still wrangle over visitation rights for their younger children as paparazzi capture their every move.

And finally, Marilyn Manson was sued by his ex-bandmate, Stephen Bier, who alleges that the shock rocker didn’t give him a share of profits. Bier reportedly says Manson owes him $20 million.

– A federal judge is being asked to block additional parts of a contentious Florida abortion law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal judge is being asked to block additional parts of a contentious Florida abortion law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit late Monday on behalf of several ministers, rabbis and organizations that provide abortion counseling services to women.

The lawsuit contends that the law violates constitutional rights by requiring groups to register with the state and https://mba-degress-university2020.club/ pay a fee if they advise or help women seek abortions. The lawsuit also challenges a provision requiring groups to tell women about alternatives to abortion.

Legislators passed the sweeping abortion measure during their 2016 session. A federal judge already blocked two parts of the law this summer, and the administration of Gov. Rick Scott didn’t appeal the decision. 

The parts of the law blocked this summer would have prevented state funds from going to organizations that provide abortions.

One part of the law required increased abortion clinic inspections.

Similar to a Texas law struck down earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida law also requires doctors who perform abortions to have privileges at a nearby hospital. No challenges to that part of the law have been filed yet.

The court action this week was just a new chapter in a long-running battle over abortion in the Sunshine State. Since the GOP assumed control of the Florida Legislature two decades ago, legislators have enacted a series of bills only to see many of them overturned in the courts. The Florida Supreme Court in April suspended a 24-hour waiting period for abortions while it decides whether that law is constitutional.