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Tibetan exiles opt for 'middle way'

November 23, 2008
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INDIA
DHARMSALA - Tibetan exiles decided yesterday against pushing for independence for the Himalayan region, but said they will do so if China refuses to grant their homeland autonomy soon. At a meeting in Dharmsala, hundreds of exiled leaders reaffirmed the Dalai Lama's principle of compromise - a push for autonomy called "the middle way" - but also said it is time to end talks with Beijing. (AP)

IRAN
Salesman convicted of spying executed
TEHRAN - Iran executed an electronics salesman convicted of relaying information on the country's nuclear program and other sensitive data to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, a judiciary spokesman said yesterday. Ali Ashtari was hanged Nov. 17 after being sentenced to death on June 30. It was the country's first known conviction for espionage linked to Israel in almost a decade. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN
Attacks kill French soldier, 8 civilians
KABUL - A blast killed a French soldier walking with other troops from their Afghan base to a firing range and a grenade attack on a wedding party killed eight people, officials said yesterday. It was unclear whether the mine that exploded was planted by insurgents. (AP)

FRANCE
Socialist party vote is contested
PARIS - Segolene Royal refused to concede defeat yesterday in a battle to lead France's Socialist party and criticized Martine Aubry for claiming victory while the vote is being contested. Aubry defeated Royal by 42 votes, in Friday's ballot. The party said it would review challenges before certifying the result. (Reuters)

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