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Sri Lanka conservationists fight elephant smuggling in court

Sep. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Environmentalists in Sri Lanka are challenging a court order issued earlier this month that would allow the return of 14 illegally captured wild elephants to people accused of buying them from traffickers. Rights groups and lawyers say the...

Firebrand Myanmar monk Wirathu released from prison

Sep. 06, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar notorious for anti-Muslim remarks was freed from prison on Monday after charges that he tried to stir up disaffection against the country's previous civilian government were dropped. The monk, Wirathu, became...

China's Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

Jul. 23, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media...

War's trauma apparent in portraits of Gazan children

Jul. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

Suzy Ishkontana, 7, clings to her new toys and clothes, but mostly to her dad. For hours, they were separated under the rubble of their family’s home. Now she cannot bear to be apart. More than two months have passed since rescue workers pulled the...

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama celebrates 86th birthday

Jul. 06, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama celebrated his 86th birthday on Tuesday, thanking his supporters and expressing his appreciation to India, where he has lived since he fled his homeland in 1959. “I want to express my deep...

Good weather aids firefighters in California's coastal range

Jun. 24, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Good weather continued to help firefighters Thursday as they worked to suppress a forest fire in rugged and almost inaccessible California coastal mountains near a remote Buddhist monastery south of Big Sur. Below-average temperatures and...

AP PHOTOS: Tibetan traditions threatened by politics, growth

Jun. 23, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — The name Tibet conjures up images of snowy peaks, vermillion temples and prayer flags snapping in the Himalayan wind. Those features remain, but the religious and cultural foundations underpinning them appear to be coming unstuck. Long defined by its...

'Fire monks' ready to defend monastery from Big Sur blaze

Jun. 22, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A group of firefighting monks was ready to defend a Buddhist monastery being threatened Tuesday by a wildfire burning in the rugged central coast mountains south of Big Sur. The seven monks have been clearing brush from around the Tassajara Zen...

Crews hike to remote area to battle California wildfire

Jun. 20, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center has burned more than 3.2 square miles (8.3 square km) of dry brush in inaccessible terrain on California's central coast, officials said Sunday. There's zero...