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Myanmar issues arrest warrant for nationalist Buddhist monk

May. 29, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar has issued an arrest warrant for a Buddhist monk known for incendiary comments about the country's Muslim minority and for criticism of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, police said Wednesday. The warrant, issued in Yangon at police request, charges Wirathu with...

US ambassador raises concerns during rare Tibet visit

May. 25, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday. Terry Branstad also "expressed concerns regarding the Chinese...

US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet

May. 20, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China is making a rare visit to Tibet to meet local officials and raise concerns about restrictions on Buddhist practices and the preservation of the Himalayan region's unique culture and language. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Terry Branstad is visiting the Tibetan...

Newly crowned Thai king carried in spectacular procession

May. 5, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen Sunday, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter. Hundreds of other soldiers marched in front,...

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May. 4, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy's power after the...

Elaborate pageantry and ritual of Thai king's coronation

May. 3, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The official coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn , who is also known as Rama X, involves months of rituals that will culminate in three days of elaborate pageantry, including a parade and an appearance by the monarch on a balcony of the Grand Palace. The final event will be a...

Dalai Lama returns to north India base after hospitalization

Apr. 26, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Hundreds of exiled Tibetans welcomed the return of the Dalai Lama to his headquarters in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala on Friday after a brief stay in a hospital in the capital for treatment of a chest infection. The Tibetans carried ceremonial scarves and incense sticks....

Christians' ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

Apr. 26, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanamani found solace in something many of her fellow Tamils didn't have: Christianity — and especially...