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US bestows top honour on Dalai Lama

October 18, 2007
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was bestowed with the Congressional gold medal, United States' highest civilian honour, at a ceremony on Wednesday.

The 72-year-old received the honour in recognition of his role as 'one of the world's foremost moral and religious figures, who is using his leadership role to advocate peacefully for the cultural autonomy of the Tibetan people within China.'

Image: US President George W Bush presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Dalai Lama as Senator Robert Byrd looks on at a ceremony in the US Capitol at Washington.

Photographs: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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