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Selena Gomez's bindi — the sparkly gems she wore during the MTV Movie Awards Sunday — is offending Hindu groups. The actress-singer wore the Hindu symbol on her forehead during her sultry "Come and Get It" performance at the awards show...
A friend planning a trip to India sent around a list of the food choices available on AirIndia. The number of choices is truly mindboggling. Who to be? Vegetarian Hindu, kosher, Moslem, vegetarian Oriental? Bland -- vegetarian or non-vegetarian? ...
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court issued a stay of execution Wednesday, delaying for at least six weeks the hanging of four members of a notorious gang, after defense attorneys argued that a nine-year delay in hearing their clemency appeal is inhumane....
World NowIn a court case that has provided a grim reminder of the sectarian violence that has haunted India, 32 people were convicted of participating in riots between Hindus and Muslims that followed the burning of a train in 2002....
Thousands of shimmering lanterns illuminate India's towns and villages in an otherworldly glow on Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. Hindu households set out rows of diya, small clay lamps, to create a symbolic path for Lord Rama on his legendary...
Normally meat-centric McDonald’s confirmed that it plans to open two all-vegetarian locations in India — and now customers, herbivore activists and others are buzzing. One no-meat branch will be based in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in...
What traveler hasn't landed in a dreamed-of destination and found it crawling with tourists, fast-food franchises, name-brand stores and dollar-a-beer bars? The good bones of Charleston, S.C., which made the World Monuments Fund's list of imperiled...
Four a.m. is a terrible time of day, too late for night owls, too early for early risers. The exception is 4 a.m. at Borobudur, waiting for the sun to rise over the Kedu Plain in central Java with 504 figures of Buddha. The temple is one of three great...
Tags: Arts, Religion and Belief, Natural Disasters, UNESCO, Sculpture
It's more than a little ironic that the same Arizona Legislature that spearheaded a ruthless, racially charged campaign against illegal immigrants also banned K-12 ethnic studies classes on the grounds that they promote hatred and division. Who knew...
More proof that Indonesia is one of the most volcanically active places on the great Pacific Ring of Fire came in October 2010, when 9,560-foot Mt. Merapi, visible from the temple of Borobudur, erupted, killing 343 people and displacing an estimated 90,...
Tags: Mountains, Landforms, Religion and Belief, Volcanoes, Landforms
Hilton Kramer, one of the art world's most polarizing and widely read critics for 50 years and founding editor of the conservative arts journal The New Criterion, died Tuesday in Harpswell, Maine. He was 84. Kramer had a rare blood disorder and died of...
Patience Abbe was only 11 when the memoir she wrote with her two brothers, "Around the World in Eleven Years," climbed onto the bestseller lists for grown-ups in 1936. As the siblings recounted their nomadic childhood in Europe and subsequent move to...
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