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Religious affairs committee in Gia Lai pays pre-Tet visit to Buddhist leader

Local authorities of Kien Giang, Dong Thap & Can Tho city hold exchange meetings with religious dignitaries

Local authorities extend Tet greetings to religious followers

Religious dignitaries attend exchange meeting with provincial government of Tay Ninh

Da Nang municipal authorities held exchange meeting with local religious dignitaries

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Buddhists Among Those Welcoming Pope Francis in Thailand and Japan

Pope Francis is visiting Thailand from 20–23 November and is due to follow with a trip to Japan on 23–26 November. While the pontiff is expected to reach out to the small Catholic populations in the two countries, the visits to the Buddhist-majority nations highlights the Pope’s continued emphasis on dialogue across religious divides as a path to peace in the world.

Counting AK47s and learning trigonometry for snipers. How children were taught math under ISIS

Two floors beneath the headquarters of Iraqi Military Intelligence, at the end of a red-carpeted corridor, two doors swing open to reveal a museum of cold, calculated and deliberate horror.

Boko Haram fighters kill five villagers in Chad: authorities

Five villagers have been killed in western Chad, as Boko Haram militant fighters increase their deadly attacks, a regional official told AFP Monday.

Two of the victims were strangled and three were shot dead, said Sadick Khatir, secretary general of the Lac area.

Ptolemaic-era temple discovered in Sohag

Archaeologists have discovered a 2,200-year-old temple in Egypt. It is believed to belong to Ptolemy IV Philopator of the Ptolemaic Kingdom.

25 relatives of Al-Baghdadi captured in Turkey

Close relatives of dead ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have been arrested in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir on November 16, ONA reports citing Hurriyet.

Sri Lanka elections: Gunmen open fire on convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters; no casualties reported

Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters in northwest Sri Lanka on Saturday, hours before polling in presidential elections got underway, police said.

Notre Dame chief architect told to 'shut his mouth' on reconstruction

Debate over how best to rebuild Notre Dame has rumbled on since the landmark cathedral suffered a devastating fire in April.

Poland seizes two for plotting Breivik-style attacks on Muslims

Polish agents arrested two people accused of planning attacks against Muslims inspired by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik and suspected white supremacist Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand, the security service said on Wednesday.

UN chief calls for international cooperation on Syria jihadists

UN chief Antonio Guterres called on November for an international accord on the fate of foreign jihadists being held in the Middle East, saying it was not up to Syria and Iraq “to solve the problem for everyone.”

Israel kills senior Islamic Jihad commander, potentially sparking fierce cross-border violence

Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza early Tuesday in a rare targeted killing that threatened to unleash a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. The militant group said the commander’s wife was also killed in the airstrike and that their children were wounded.

Thousands march in Paris against Islamophobia after attack

Thousands marched through Paris on Sunday in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration that has divided France’s political class.

Water festival 2019 opens in Cambodia

Cambodia’s 2019 water festival kicked off on November 10 with a boat race on the river in front of the royal palace being the highlight.

From the early morning, thousands of people flocked to the riverside to watch the race, which attracted 147 boats representing 25 cities and provinces, ministries and agencies on the opening day.

Lessons in Impermanence: Ajanta Caves Under Threat

Widely hailed as the home to multiple masterpieces of early Buddhist art, the Ajanta caves in India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are fighting a losing battle against insects and other environmental factors, which have caused marked deterioration over recent decades, according to the findings of a new study published in the journal Heritage.

World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly opens with call to Christians to finish the Great Commission

Evangelicals from over 90 countries have gathered near Jakarta, Indonesia, for the World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly.

The event, held around once every 10 years, is taking place at the Sentul International Convention Centre, south of the Indonesian capital, over the next week around the theme of "Your Kingdom Come".

Rainbodhi, an LGBTIQ Buddhist Community, launches in Australia

A new community of LGBTIQ Buddhists and supporters will officially launch on 29 November at the Erskineville Town Hall in Sydney, Australia. The organization was founded by Bhante Akaliko Bhikkhu, a Theravada Buddhist monk based in Sydney. The group is non-sectarian and features members from Korean Seon, Tibetan Buddhist, and blended faith backgrounds.

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