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Dalai Lama stepping away from political role

Tibet's leader in exile says he's giving up his political role

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In this undated picture of a painting by Kanwal Krishna dated probably in 1930s shows a young Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, born in 1935), the traditional religious and temporal head of Tibet's Buddhist clergy

KANWAL KRISHNA/AFP/Getty Images

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May 19, 1959. The Dalai Lama of Tibet poses with his mother, Gyuam Chemo, in the grounds of Birla House, Mussoorie, India, where he is living in exile

The Associated Press

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A Tibetan exile shouts slogans during a protest to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against China, in New Delhi March 10, 2011.

ADNAN ABIDI/Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, greets the audience at the "Now" conference at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, September 30, 2009.

TODD KOROL/Todd Korol/Reuters

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