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Violence in Tibet strains China's relations with India, Nepal

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Since violent unrest erupted in China, exiled Tibetans have been holding protests outside a UN building in the Nepal capital of Kathmandu, Agence France-Presse reports.

At least 44 Tibetan exiles shouting "Free Tibet" were detained in the Nepal capital on Monday after police broke up two protests outside a Unied Nations complex, using sticks and tear gas.

The UN said earlier this week it was concerned over the excessive use of force by police against Tibetan protesters in Nepal. Tibetans said they wanted to pressure the UN to investigate a crackdown by Beijing against the March protests.

The US humanitarian group Human Rights Watch condemned Nepal for using what it also said was excessive force against Tibetan protesters.

Some 20,000 Tibetan refugees have lived in Nepal for decades after large numbers starting coming over the icy Himalayan mountain range in 1959. The exiled Tibet Buddhist political and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, called on Sunday for an international probe into the situation in Tibet, which he also fled in 1959, Voice of America reports.

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