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Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk who has effectively been under house arrest since 2003 and was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 93.

Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93

Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk who has effectively been under house arrest since 2003 and was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 93.
As the sun rose over the ancient town of Mandalay in Myanmar, a sea of saffron and maroon-robed monks assembled in an area the size of a football field AFP-Handout

30,000 monks attend mass alms-giving in Myanmar

Thirty-thousand monks assembled in the early morning chill in Myanmar on Sunday for a spectacular alms-giving event, partly organised by a controversial mega-temple under scrutiny across the border in Thailand.
Pope Francis arrives in Tokyo’s Haneda airport on November 23, 2019, following his visit to Thailand. – Pope Francis arrived in Japan on November 23 for a visit that will take him to Nagasaki and Hiroshima to warn of the dangers of nuclear weapons and pray for peace. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Pope Francis arrives in Japan to preach anti-nuclear message

Pope Francis arrived in Japan on Saturday, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd following his visit to St. Peter's Parish church in the Sam Phran district of Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand, Nov. 22, 2019.

Pope Francis departs Thailand for Japan with anti-nuclear message

Pope Francis left Thailand on Saturday after a three-day visit and headed to Japan, where he is to visit the ground zeros of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of his campaign against nuclear weapons.
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Pope Francis: Respect prostitutes

Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium yesterday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.
In this handout photo released and taken by the Thai Organizing Committee on November 20, 2019, Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok. – Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on November 20, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. (Photo by Handout / THAI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE / AFP) /

Pope Francis: Respect prostitutes, victims of human trafficking

Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium Thursday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.
In this handout photo released and taken by the Thai Organizing Committee on November 20, 2019, Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok. – Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on November 20, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. (Photo by Handout / THAI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE / AFP) /

Pope lands in Thailand to kick off two-country Asian tour

Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday greeted by cheering faithful, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament.
Pope Francis leads the Epiphany mass, on January 6, 2019 at the Vatican. (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO - AFP)

Pope arrives Thailand on three-day visit

Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, part of a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking.
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Pope Francis heads to Thailand, Japan for first visit

Pope Francis was due to set off on Tuesday evening for his first trip to Thailand and Japan.

Swine fever claims fourth victim in Vietnam

A 37-year-old Buddhist nun in Vietnam’s central highlands has died of swine flu, bringing the total number killed by the disease this year to four, authorities said on Tuesday.
Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh on Sunday by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from.

UN urges Myanmar to ensure Rohingya refugees return safely

The UN chief on Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure the “safe” return of Rohingya refugees driven out by army operations, a plea made in front of Aung San Suu Kyi more than two years since her country cracked down on the Muslim minority.
Judge Khanakorn Pianchana shot himself in the chest in the southern province of Yala after acquitting five defendants of charges that could have condemned three of them to death.

Thai judge shot self after alleging superiors interfere in verdits

A Thai judge who tried to kill himself in court after accusing his superiors of interfering with his verdicts has highlighted questions about judicial independence and fairness in the country.
Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh on Sunday by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from.

Rohingya refugees protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar

Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh on Sunday by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from.
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives at the ASEM leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw

Cambodia cuts public holidays to 22 days

Cambodia’s nearly full month of public holidays will be cut to 22 days next year, with International Human Rights Day, a Buddhist festival and four others set to be axed, local media reported on Wednesday.
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 15, 2016 shows the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama, gesturing as he arrives for a meeting with young people in Strasbourg. – The Dalai Lama is “doing very well” and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on April 12 as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on April 11, 2019. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

Dalai Lama: Donald Trump ‘lacks moral principle’

The Dalai Lama has accused US President Donald Trump of lacking “moral principle”, in a wide-ranging BBC interview in which the Tibetan spiritual leader said that any female successor should be attractive.Europe
Azath Salley

Easter bombing: Monk’s fast forces two governors to resign in Sri Lanka

A hunger-fast by a Buddhist monk and Member of Parliament in Sri Lanka has forced the resignation of two governors.

Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya massacre freed after months

Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, two prison officials, two former fellow inmates and one of the soldiers told Reuters news agency.
Sri Lankan Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Colombo. AFP

Curfew: Catholic Church calls for calm in Sri Lanka

The head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church appealed for calm on Monday after sporadic violence between Christian and Muslims north of Colombo prompted police to impose a curfew.

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