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Skeletal elephant dies in Sri Lanka weeks after parade outcry

Colombo - An emaciated 70-year-old elephant that caused a social media outcry after being forced to take part in an annual Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka has died, officials said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka probes elephant cruelty at Buddhist parade

Colombo - Sri Lanka Friday ordered an investigation following the collapse of a skeletal 70-year-old elephant after being forced to parade at a high-profile Buddhist pageant popular with local and foreign tourists.

Myanmar's hardline monks rail against Rohingya and Suu Kyi

Ultra-nationalist monks in Myanmar accepted a cash donation from the military on Monday while condemning Aung San Suu Kyi and her government for allowing Rohingya Muslims to enter the country "illegally".

'Cured' Dalai Lama set to be discharged from hospital Friday

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama is "doing very well" and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on Friday as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

'Cured' Dalai Lama set to be discharged from hospital Friday

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama is "doing very well" and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on Friday as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

Dalai Lama 'doing much better', should leave hospital in few days: spokesman

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi for treatment but is "doing much better" and should be released soon, his close aide told AFP on Wednesday.

Dalai Lama taken to New Delhi hospital for chest pain

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama has undergone a check-up at a New Delhi hospital following chest pains, according to an aide who said the Tibetan spiritual leader was in stable condition.

Tibet struggle's slow slide off the global radar as Dalai Lama ages

Fpo - Sixty years after the Dalai Lama fled into permanent Indian exile, the cause of Tibetan freedom that earned him a Nobel prize and a celebrity-studded international following has lost much of its momentum -- neutralised, analysts say, by the passage of ...

Nepal probes 'Buddha boy' over devotee disappearances

Kathmandu - A Nepali spiritual leader believed by his followers to be a reincarnation of Buddha is under investigation over the disappearance of several devotees, police in Kathmandu said Monday.

Quiet, please: Myanmar festival stirs debate over religious noise

From grumbling neighbours to witty memes of the Buddha imploring a man with speakers to "stop your noise", the cacophony around Myanmar's annual Tazaungdaing festival is revving up debate over the modern racket accompanying religious customs.

Thailand's infamous 'jet-set monk' convicted of raping a minor

Bangkok - Thailand's infamous "jet-set monk" was convicted of raping an underage girl Wednesday, a court official said, in a case that has rocked an already scandal-mired Buddhist clergy.

Firebrand monk Wirathu hits back at UN, international community

Yangon - An ultra-nationalist monk -- dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" -- on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar's generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.

Scandal-plagued S. Korea Buddhist sect elects uncontested leader

Seoul - South Korea's largest Buddhist denomination elected a new leader on Friday in an uncontested vote that did little to dispel anger following years of scandals including senior monks breaking celibacy vows, amassing huge wealth and gambling.

Dalai Lama: I knew of sex abuse by Buddhist teachers since 1990s

Den Haag - The Dalai Lama said Saturday that he has known about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers since the 1990s and that such allegations are "nothing new".

Nine-year-old boy dies after beating by Buddhist monk

Bangkok - A nine-year-old Buddhist novice has died after a beating by a Thai monk who allegedly battered him with a stick and slammed his head against a pillar, officials said Friday.

Thai court sentences disgraced 'jet-set monk' to 114 years

Bangkok - A Thai court sentenced a disgraced former monk to 114 years in prison on Thursday, a court official said, more than a year after he was extradited from the United States.

Cambodia's Buddhist clergy divided over controversial poll

Phnom Penh - Buddhist monk Sao Chanthol will cast his ballot for Cambodia's ruling party on Sunday, but the vote has exposed a deep fracture in the 60,000-strong clergy with some planning to stay home to protest a ban on the opposition in what is now effectively a ...

Firebrand Sri Lanka monk jailed for intimidation

Colombo - A firebrand Buddhist monk was sentenced to six months in jail by a Sri Lankan court Thursday for intimidating a woman whose cartoonist husband has been missing since his abduction by the military.

Controversial Sri Lanka monk found guilty of intimidation

Colombo - A Sri Lanka court on Thursday found a radical Buddhist monk guilty of criminal intimidation, the first time the notorious extremist has faced the prospect of jail.

Ultra-nationalist Myanmar monk walks free from prison

An ultra-nationalist Myanmar monk was released from prison on Friday after serving time for inciting unrest in an anti-Rohingya protest in 2016, a rare punishment handed to one of the country's hardline Buddhist clergymen.

Facebook says page of firebrand anti-Rohingya Myanmar monk removed

Yangon - Facebook has removed the page of a Myanmar monk once dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" for his incendiary posts about Muslims, the company confirmed, as it faces pressure to clamp down on hate speech.

Daimler issues second apology over Dalai Lama post: China media

Bejing - German auto giant Daimler has apologised to China again after sparking an outcry over an Instagram post by its luxury brand Mercedes-Benz quoting the Dalai Lama, seen by Beijing as a Tibetan separatist.

Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai Lama

Bejing - German automaker Mercedes-Benz has apologised for "hurting the feelings" of people in China after its Instagram account quoted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seen as a separatist by Beijing.

'Kung fu nuns' on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings

Kathmandu - About 200 "Kung fu nuns" kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal through India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to raise awareness about human trafficking and gender equality.

Myanmar's child monks become royalty for a day

Bagan - Riding elephants and horses in heavily bejewelled costumes, thick eyeliner and rouged lips, boys in central Myanmar parade through their village as ancient princes in a ceremony to mark their passage to monkhood.

Three-year-old anointed as 'living goddess' in Nepal

Kathmandu - A three-year-old girl was anointed the new "living goddess" of Kathmandu by Hindu priests on Thursday and taken to a palace in the historic centre of the Nepali capital where she will remain until she reaches puberty.

Nepal names 3-year-old as new 'living goddess'

Kathmandu - A three-year-old girl has been named the new Kumari of Nepal's capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as "living goddesses".

Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists

Cox's Bazar - As thousands of Rohingya flee ethnic violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh's small Buddhist community fears the crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours.

Shanghai temple moves 2,000-tonne hall on rails

Shanghai - The main hall and statues of a century-old Buddhist temple in central Shanghai have been moved 30 metres (100 feet) on rails to ease crowding at the popular site.

Dalai Lama calls on Suu Kyi for peaceful end to Rohingya crisis

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Myanmar and expressed concerns about violence that has led around 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to flee the Buddhist-majority country.
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