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Child, 5, killed in Thai temple shooting: police

A five-year-old girl and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured in southern Thailand when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair, police said Monday. Police said a group of assailants opened fire inside the temple in Surat Thani province on Sunday,…

Monks try to teach ‘maleness’ to Thai ladyboys

CHIANG KHONG, Thailand — The 15-year-old aspiring “ladyboy” delicately applied a puff of talcum powder to his nose — an act of rebellion at the Thai Buddhist temple where he is learning to “be a man”. “They have rules here that novice monks cannot use powder, make-up, or perfume, cannot…

Ancient Cambodian ‘puzzle’ temple reopens after 50 years

SIEM REAP — An ancient Angkor temple in northwestern Cambodia was reopened to the public on Sunday following the completion of a decades-long renovation project described as the world’s largest puzzle. The restoration of the 11th-century Baphuon monument, one of the country’s largest after Angkor Wat, was celebrated with a…

‘Billions worth’ of treasure found in Indian temple

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India, officials said on Saturday. The valuables have an estimated preliminary worth of over 500 billion rupees ($11.2 billion), said…

UN urges ‘permanent’ Thai-Cambodia ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council called Monday for a “permanent ceasefire” between Thailand and Cambodia after a border dispute erupted into deadly clashes last week around a Hindu temple. Council president Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil made the call after a closed door session with the foreign…

Ancient Rome’s biggest temple reopens

The biggest temple of ancient Rome reopened to the public on Thursday after nearly 30 years amid heavy criticism of Italy’s management of its artistic heritage after the collapse of a house in Pompeii. “We’re restoring to Rome one of the most important symbols of the power and greatness of…

Obama cancels Sikh temple visit over ‘Muslim headscarf’ fears

NEW DELHI — US President Barack Obama has canceled a visit to a Sikh temple in India, sources said Wednesday, over apparent concerns that photos of him with his head covered would revive claims he is a Muslim. During his state visit to India early next month, Obama was scheduled…

Jordan unearths 3,000-year-old Iron Age temple

Archaeologists in Jordan have unearthed a 3,000-year-old Iron Age temple with a trove of figurines of ancient deities and circular clay vessels used for religious rituals, officials said Wednesday. The head of the Jordanian Antiquities Department, Ziad al-Saad, said the sanctuary dates to the eighth century B.C. and was discovered…

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