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Dalai Lama 'well' after arm pain

Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama was complaining of mild pain in his arms

The Dalai Lama has left a hospital in the Indian capital, Delhi, after doctors diagnosed him with having a pinched nerve in one of his arms.

He was taken for a check-up after complaining of discomfort in his arms.

A spokesman for the Tibetan spiritual leader said the 73-year-old Dalai Lama would return to his headquarters in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala.

The spokesman, Tenzin Takhla, said the Dalai Lama would go ahead with a visit to Italy and Germany at the weekend.

"His holiness was suffering from a pinched nerve in his arm and that must have happened because of some sudden movement or a wrong posture," Tenzin Taklha said.

"He has been released from hospital and he will take some medication... All is now well and we are going back to Dharamsala on Tuesday."

The news will come as a relief to millions of Tibetans who revere the Dalai Lama and look to him for both spiritual and political leadership, says Damian Grammaticas, the BBC's South Asia correspondent in Delhi.

In October, the exiled Dalai Lama had surgery to remove a gallstone.

He has lived in Dharamsala, in northern India, since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

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