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Do-it-yourself temple waits to move into Indian holy site

Ayodhya - Huge slabs of pink Rajasthan stone, carved pillars and bricks from across India are already waiting to form a Hindu temple to be built on the site of a demolished mosque at the centre of decades of deadly turbulence.

Sikhs celebrate founder Guru Nanak's birth anniversary

Islamabad - It is one of the biggest birthday celebrations in the world: millions of Sikhs will Tuesday mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of their religion, the Guru Nanak.

Mexico arrests suspects in Mormon massacre

Mexico - Mexico has arrested multiple suspects in the murder of nine Mormon women and children last week, the security minister said Monday, without giving further details.

China accuses US of using UN to 'meddle' in Tibet

Bejing - China accused the US on Monday of using the United Nations to "meddle" in Tibet, as Washington intensifies its bid to prevent Beijing from handpicking the Dalai Lama's successor.

Indian holy site prays for closure after court battle

Ayodhya - Residents of Ayodhya scrambled for emergency food when India's Supreme Court warned it would soon hand down a final verdict on a holy site that provoked some of the country's worst sectarian violence.

Mormons in Mexico bury last victim of ambush

Mexico - A Mormon community based in northern Mexico buried on Saturday the last of nine members killed in an ambush that is being called a possible case of mistaken identity.

French bishops approve payouts for sex abuse victims

Lourdes - French bishops on Saturday approved a programme of payouts to victims of sex abuse by priests -- but survivors have already objected that the Church has not gone far enough in admitting responsibility.

French bishops approve payouts for sex abuse victims

Lourdes - French bishops on Saturday approved a programme of payouts to victims of sex abuse by priests -- but survivors have already objected that the Church has not gone far enough in admitting responsibility.

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan on Saturday, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites, after a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontine...

Triumph for Modi's BJP as Indian holy site awarded to Hindus

New Delhi - India's top court handed a huge victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party on Saturday, awarding Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked some of the country's worst sectarian bloodshed.

Hundreds arrested on eve of verdict on Indian holy site

New Delhi - Fearing unrest, Indian police have reportedly arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling due Saturday on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya.

Mexico Mormons live under threat of narco violence

Mexico - Mexico's Mormons, who are mourning nine women and children killed in a massacre, have roots in the country going back to the late 1800s, but live under the constant threat of the criminal gangs they have dared to defy.

Families hold first funerals for Mormon massacre victims

Relatives held the first funerals Thursday for nine Mormon women and children murdered in northern Mexico, still reeling from pain and anger three days after the massacre.

Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan

A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict.

Mexico probes narco group 'La Linea' in Mormon murders

Huachinera - Mexico alleged Wednesday that a drug cartel called "La Linea" massacred nine Mormon women and children in a case of mistaken identity, but devastated relatives insisted their loved ones were deliberately targeted.

Mexico probes narco group 'La Linea' in Mormon murders

Mexico - Mexican authorities said Wednesday they believe a drug cartel called "La Linea" was responsible for the murder of nine Mormon women and children, saying the massacre was committed with American-made ammunition.

Trump calls for 'war' on cartels after Mormons murdered in Mexico

Huachinera - President Donald Trump offered Tuesday to help Mexico hunt the killers of nine Mormon women and children shot dead in a lawless border area, and said the United States stood ready to back its southern neighbor in a "war" on drug cartels.

Nigeria police rescue 259 'hostages' from another Islamic centre

Lagos - Police in southwest Nigeria have rescued 259 "hostages" from another Islamic correctional centre, police said Tuesday, in the latest raid on religious institutes accused of abuse.

At least nine American Mormon community members killed in Mexico

Mexico - At least three women and six children from an American Mormon community based in northern Mexico have been killed in an ambush, a relative of the victims said on Monday.

Despair, jihadism and revolt: Mali's torn heart

Mopti - Untroubled by time, the mighty Niger River glides through the Sahel city as women wash their clothes in its brackish waters and cows slumber nearby in the heat.

Robbers steal treasures in ram-raid on French cathedral

Oloron-sainte-marie - Robbers rammed a car into a medieval cathedral in southwest France early Monday, breaking windows and sawing through metal bars to grab silver chalices and other irreplaceable church treasures, local authorities said.

Ethiopian PM Abiy defends response to ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday pushed back against portrayals of his government as weak and timid in the face of recent unrest that left more than 80 people dead.

Iraq protests enter second month, defying pledges of reform

Baghdad - Iraq's top cleric warned foreign actors on Friday against interfering in his country's anti-government protests as they entered a second month despite pledges of reform and violence that has left over 250 dead.

Indonesia's halal tourism bid faces pig pushback

Muara - Indonesia's bid to lure more visitors by spreading halal tourism across the archipelago is facing a backlash, with a Christian celebration of pigs -- forbidden for Muslims -- the latest act of dissent.

Former Falklands foes swap statuettes at Vatican

Vatican City - Argentine and British bishops exchanged statuettes of the Virgin Mary in a powerful sign of reconciliation 37 years after the Falklands War between the two nations, in a ceremony on Wednesday led by Pope Francis.

Orthodox Ethiopians criticise PM Abiy over deadly clashes

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's influential Orthodox church on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's response to ethnic and religious clashes that have left nearly 70 people dead, saying he was failing to protect its members.

Pope demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday it was time for "predators" to stop plundering the Earth for financial gain, holding up the "scarred face of the Amazon" as a warning.

Crunch time for married priests as Vatican assembly votes

Vatican City - Catholic bishops gathered at a special Vatican assembly will vote Saturday on whether to recommend Pope Francis to open the priesthood to married men or create female deacons, issues that are taboo for traditionalists.

Pope apologises after Amazon statues thrown in river

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday apologised for the theft of indigenous Amazonian statues from a Rome church, saying they had been found after thieves dumped them in the Tiber River.

India's firecracker hub hit by anti-pollution drive

Sivakasi - With thousands of workers painstakingly handmaking vast volumes of firecrackers, Sivakasi in southern India is usually at full tilt before Diwali. But due to efforts to curb air pollution, the pyrotechnics epicentre is fizzling out.
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