• Dodging Police: After being stopped by police on Saturday night en route to the town he had hoped to visit to cover continuing Tibetan protests against the Chinese government, Peter Ford turned around and went somewhere else. He had flown from Beijing to a province northeast of Tibet.
To get today's story about Tibetans in Tongren, China, it took 13 hours of driving, three hours sleep, and a good deal of dodging more policemen bent on stopping him, Peter says.
"But it also gave me an eyeful of the most spectacular mountain scenery I have visited in a long time, and I came across a remarkable device I had never seen before. In many gardens I saw what appeared to be satellite dishes: in fact they were primitive solar water heaters – concave reflective bowls with a stand in the middle on which you can sit a kettle. At a monastery, I watched a Buddhist monk boil a kettle in the bright sunshine, even though the air was chilly."
– David Clark Scott
• Monday, March 17: Moscow – US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates begin two-day visit.Geneva – African Union and United Nations officials meet for two days of talks on moving the Darfur peace process forward.
• Friday, March 21 (Good Friday): Nicosia, Cyprus – Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat hold talks aimed at reviving UN-backed efforts to reunify the island.