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China's top Tibet official orders tighter control of Internet, cell phones

Reuters reports from BeijingChina's top official in Tibet has urged authorities to tighten their grip on the Internet and cell phones, state media reported on Thursday, reflecting the government's fears about unrest ahead of its annual parliamentary session.

The move is the latest in a series of measures the government says are intended to maintain stability, and comes after a spate of self-immolations and protests against Chinese control in the country's Tibetan-populated areas.

It is likely to mean phone and online communications will be even more closely monitored and censored than is normal. Continue reading.