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Thailand arrests senior monks in temple raids to clean up Buddhism

An unidentified assistant abbot of Golden Mount Temple is escorted by police officers at the Thai Police Crime Suppression Division headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, May 24, 2018. Photo: Reuters Thai police raided four Buddhist temples on Thursday, arresting several prominent monks and worshippers in the year’s biggest such operation amid ...

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UN lifts travel ban for North Koreans to Kim-Trump summit

A UN Security Council committee has agreed to lift a travel ban on North Korean officials heading to Singapore for the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next month, diplomats said. Singapore last week asked the sanctions committee to grant an exemption to the North Korean delegation ...

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Another BJP leader arrested on rape charges

The Indian police have arrested a leader of BJP for allegedly raping a 32-year-old woman at a lodge in Varanasi city of Uttar Pradesh, the Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday. Kanhaiya Lal Mishra, a leader belonging to the Indian ruling party, allegedly raped the woman when she came to meet ...

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Americans will be defeated, says Iran’s Supreme leader

Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first public remarks since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed 12 demands of Tehran, said on Wednesday that Iran would defeat the United States if Iranian officials did their duty, state television reported. Referring to what he called the fundamental and ...

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10 protesters dead in south India clashes: police

AFP / ARUN SANKAR A protester was killed by a rubber bullet in a second day of clashes in southern India Wednesday, after 10 were shot dead when police opened fire on a rally demanding the closure of a copper plant, officials said. Police fired rubber bullets at the crowd ...

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Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year’s turmoil: Amnesty

The UN says Myanmar’s army crackdown amounted to “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, with soldiers and vigilante mobs accused of killing civilians and burning down villages. But the Rohingya militants have also been accused of abuses. Photo: AFP Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year’s uprising in Myanmar’s Rakhine, ...

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Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Santiago’s Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati (C), speaks at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago on May 18, when thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation over a child sex abuse scandal within the church. Photo: AFP Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile — which has rocked Pope Francis’s papacy ...

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