International organizers opened the refuge in Tam Dao National Park on Monday.
Hu Jia, known internationally for his criticism of China's ruling Communist Party, was given a 3-1/2 year jail sentence Thursday.
Talks began in 2007, a powerful coalition revealed last week. Experts say the move, an effort to undercut the government, could draw Taliban into the political process.
In some areas, the 'Sunshine policy' of former leader Kim Dae Jung remains popular.
Unrest in Tibet has revealed a generational fault line that is likely to sharpen as Olympics near.
As Olympic torch relay gets under way, officials are keenly attune to the face China presents to the world.
Darfur, Tibet, and Falun Gong are among the awareness campaigns.
Rice shortages are appearing across Asia. In Egypt, the Army is now baking bread to curb food riots.
The tiny Pacific island is losing a key source of income.
A week of Red Sox mania spotlights the ways Japanese teams are trying to attract more fans.
Both presidential hopefuls in Saturday's election want to boost economic relations.
The opposition rejected a second candidate Wednesday.
Broad Internet controls have blocked YouTube and most chat rooms.
At Repkong monastery in central China, monks see more police.
Last week's meeting generated talk of a secret side deal to end an 11-week impasse.
The Olympics in China offer Tibetans a chance to draw world attention to human rights issues.
Tibetans threw stones at Chinese troops and set fire to buildings Friday.
Dulci Donata opened Home of Joy to serve ethnic minorities fleeing violence.
The ousted Thai prime minister, who returned Thursday, faces corruption charges and a divided nation.
The New York Philharmonic played Thursday in Seoul. Can their Korea tour restart the dismantling of North's weapons program?