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Athens (AFP) - 02:50 GMT - Euro holds ground - The euro held its ground in Asia on Monday morning despite the odds of a Greek exit from the eurozone spiking after the country rejected creditors' austerity demands.
Fellow Nobel Peace laureates joined thousands of followers of the Dalai Lama to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday, kicking off a three-day honorary bash in California. A string of minor celebrities also paid tribute to the crimson-robed 14th Dalai Lama ahead of his birthday Monday, although protesters also gathered outside the event south of Los Angeles. "He always says he is just a simple Buddhist monk," said anti-landmines campaigner Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1997, who sang a snippet of Happy Birthday to him.