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January 22 - January 28, 2012 (70 images)

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A Chinese Buddhist monk, obscured by fire, watches visitors light joss sticks and pray at the Tibetan Yonghegong Lama Temple during China's New Year Spring Festival in Beijing January 26, 2012. Deadly showdowns between Chinese security forces and Tibetans in a restive region of western China spread to a second city this week, with at least two Tibetans being shot and killed by gunfire. Since March 2011, 16 ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire in what are described as protests at perceived cultural and religious repression under Han Chinese rule. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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