Thai police begin raid on Buddhist sect's temple

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) — Hundreds of police in Thailand are carrying out a raid on the headquarters temple of a controversial Buddhist temple sect to detain its chief, a monk facing criminal char...

Monk, abbot of rebel Greek monastery sentenced to 20 years

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A monk and the abbot of a Mt. Athos monastery deemed schismatic by the Greek Orthodox church have been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison by a court in this northe...

2 weeks, 1 country and a world of wonders in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Trudging up a lush mountainside to a remote village, plunging through a swift-moving river in the footsteps of elephants and cruising Bangkok's gleaming luxury malls — with each step, I...

Sri Lanka gov't supporters attack China port deal protesters

AMBALANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka government supporters attacked protesting Buddhist monks and villagers with clubs on Saturday as they marched against what they say is a plan to take over priva...

Sri Lanka gov't supporters attack China port deal protesters

AMBALANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka government supporters have attacked protesting Buddhist monks and villagers with clubs as they marched against what they say is a plan to take over private land...

Police brace for Sri Lanka rally against port lease to China

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka police are bracing for a big protest by thousands of Buddhist monks and opposition supporters against a government decision to lease a major seaport to a Chinese-co...

Thai parliament grants king power to name Buddhist patriarch

BANGKOK (AP) —  Thailand's military-appointed parliament has granted the king absolute power in naming a supreme patriarch, the top ecclesiastical position of Thai Buddhism. The amen...

Pope Francis seeks to unite Colombians divided on peace deal

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis is doing his part to unite Colombians divided by a peace deal with leftist rebels by sponsoring a surprise meeting on Friday between President Juan Manuel Santos a...

Catholic church gets back into business in Czech Republic

ZELIV MONASTERY, Czech Republic (AP) — Inside the 12th century Zeliv monastery, overlooked by crucifixes on stone walls, is modern machinery that a visitor might not expect to find: a brand new beer p...

46 claims filed in 2 months to priest abuse victims program

NEW YORK (AP) — It took 30 years for a former student to be ready to report he'd been sexually abused by a respected Roman Catholic priest on high school trips. But it didn't take long to realize the ...

Cheers! Culture you can drink! Belgian beer gets UN approval

BRUSSELS (AP) — Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: It's a cultural experience. UNESCO added Belgian beer to the list of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of H...

Afghan cave dwellers brace against a shifting landscape

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Marzia and her husband Qadeer thought themselves lucky when they moved into a 1,700-year-old Buddhist cave hand-carved into the side of a mountain in Afghanistan's central ...

Monks gone wild: Fast and furious nuns, monks peering at porn

Over the past week, netizens have posted a series of images and videos on the popular Taiwanese Facebook group Baoliao Commune and the bulletin board website PTT showing Buddhist nuns and monks s...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 28, the 302nd day of 2016. There are 64 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from th...

Review: Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon in 'Inferno'

By a twist of fate, there are two infernos you can submerge yourself in this weekend. You can either take the Dan Brown audio tour of Florence and Dante's Divine Comedy in Ron Howard's adaptation of t...