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Quake to halt Tibet protests.

THE Tibetan government-in-exile has asked for a temporary halt to protests against China as the country grapples with the aftermath of an earthquake that has killed 40,000 and left millions homeless.

A statement on the website of the Tibetan government-in-exile based in northern India said "in order to express our solidarity with the great natural disaster that befell on China, Tibetans across the world should shun staging demonstrations in front of the Chinese embassies in the respective host countries they live in" at least until the end of May.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck central China on May 12. More schools reopened today in China's earthquake-hit Sichuan province, but rain and a lack of tents highlighted the massive task facing the government in sheltering millions left homeless.
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