Romania: bishop involved in "sex tape" scandal resigns

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Orthodox Church says a bishop who was seen on video engaging in sexual acts with a male student has resigned from his position. The patriarchy sai...

Ancient tiny church in western England a keeper of history

KEMPLEY, England (AP) — I'm lost in a world of hedges. The narrow lanes crowd in. I drive ever slower, looking for a signpost. Just as I think I'm lost, a squat, square tower and a weather vane peep a...

TASTE OF THE TOUR: Sweet white wine and a big nose star

BERGERAC, France (AP) — After a well-deserved rest day, the Tour de France peloton gets back to work on Tuesday through the colorful landscapes of the Perigord region. Here's a gastr...

Taste of the Tour: Godly beer and divine meatballs in Liege

From Germany, the Tour de France heads to Belgium, land of mussels and fries — and a whole lot more. Sunday's Stage 2 concludes in Liege, where dishes are mostly meat-based, rather t...

Cremations held for victims of Myanmar military plane crash

DAWEI, Myanmar (AP) — Grieving relatives gathered Friday at a cremation ceremony for victims of the crash of a Myanmar military plane that was carrying 122 people when it plunged into the Andaman Sea....

Nutty nun sacks trashman

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Last week a video surfaced of a Buddhist nun in Citong Township of Yunlin County savagely smashing a sanitation worker with a sack of garbage after he rejected her bag of ...

Alleged London attacker was a known radical Islamist

One of the men believed to have carried out the deadly weekend attack in central London was a known radical Islamist who was filmed unfurling a black flag resem...

Nationalist Buddhist group gathers in Myanmar despite ban

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and supporters of an ultranationalist Buddhist group gathered at an annual conference on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city on Saturday de...

Young Nebraska priests' chants become best-selling album

DENTON, Neb. (AP) — At the sound of a tap, dozens of young men clad in black cassocks and white surplices rise from kneeling positions to watch two of their brother priests begin a chant. ...

Bodies of Cambodian soldiers killed in Africa return home

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tears were shed and the sounds of cries were heard from the families of four Cambodian soldiers who were killed by a Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic e...

China conducts demolitions at Tibetan Buddhist study site

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities in southwestern Sichuan province have evicted followers and razed scores of homes at one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning in a months-long...

Farce of fury: Boxer KO's 'Wudang kung fu master' in 7 seconds flat

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Another fake kung fu fighter met his match when he was knocked out by a boxer within seven seconds on May 4, a few days after the infamous match between an MMA gym owner and se...

Myanmar police fire warning shots after religious tension

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar's main city fired warning shots overnight to break up a confrontation between dozens of Buddhists and Muslims that left at least one person injured. ...

Body of 85-year-old climber recovered from Everest, cremated

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The body of an 85-year-old climber who died attempting to regain his title as the oldest person to scale Mount Everest was flown to Kathmandu where family and supporters held a...

Family holds funeral for Swiss climber Ueli Steck in Nepal

GENEVA (AP) — The family of famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck has held a funeral ceremony in Nepal following his death in a still-unexplained mountaineering accident near Mount Everest. ...