China urges India not to ‘complicate’ border dispute as Tibetan figure visits

China called on India on Monday not to do anything to complicate their border dispute after a senior exiled Tibetan religious leader visited a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China. The Karmapa Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s third-most-senior figure who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the remote eastern Himalayas. China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly…

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Charming chalet split in half by French-Swiss border

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to be in two places at once, here’s your chance. Arbez Hotel is a charming chalet that’s split in half by the French/Swiss border — meaning it has two addresses, two postcodes, and two nationalities. While that must be a nightmare for paperwork, it’s an incredible tourist gimmick, because in some beds you can lie with your head in one country and your feet in another. The two-star accommodation was built in 1862, right before France and Switzerland signed a treaty to modify their shared border….

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