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Among Christians, Anglicans are the most consistently authoritarian and conservative, while Catholics are more likely to be left-wing

Reach for the skies

This winter's solstice on Friday marks the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. But then, less you run for the bunkers, the end of one time, according to the Mayan and many ancient civilizations, merely presages the beginning of another in the endless recycle or birth and rebirth.

Mariko Mori: Reach for the skies

Mariko Mori draws on the spiritual traditions of her native Japan and the mass-produced materials of the West to give her work an ethereal quality. Her new show at the Royal Academy leaves Adrian Hamilton entranced

PAKISTAN WRESTLER: Pro wrestling legend Muhammad Hussain Inoki, on left standing in the back of the vehicle, visited Qayyum Stadium in Peshawar, Pakistan. Still known in his native Japan by his performing moniker of Antonio Inoki, he came to Pakistan with several Japanese pro wrestlers as part of the Wrestling for Peace festival held under his name.

Pakistan welcomes back a flamboyant Japanese hero of the ring

A motorized glider circled the stadium, dropping shiny shards of confetti. Male dancers from the fearsome Mehsud tribe whipped their long black hair to-and-fro in a celebratory frenzy. Boy Scouts released a balloon-bedecked "Wrestling for Peace" banner into the sky.

UN criticises 'dire' camps for Rohingya refugees

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes into refugee camps are living in a "dire" situation, the UN's senior humanitarian official says. Baroness Amos called on the Burmese government to act to end the ethnic violence and said all political leaders in the country should support the efforts.

Duncan Fletcher: India's coach has presided over side's fall from first to fifth in the rankings

The Indian Angle: Futures of Dhoni, Fletcher and national game at stake

Indians did not actually say – as Viv Richards once did after India had beaten the West Indies on an underprepared track in Chennai – "come home and we'll show you". But it was implied after MS Dhoni's men lost the series in England 4-0 last year. Well, England have come, and it is India who are being shown up. It might be too early to write India off in the Kolkata Test, but if the England players take time out to check the price of champagne here, it is understandable.

China overturns decades of bureaucracy to relax visa rules and allow short-break visitors to experience Beijing

Tourists in 2013 will be able to experience Red China without being entangled in red tape

Muslim children from the Rohingya ethnic group at a refugee camp in the state capital

Outbreak of ethnic violence claims 100 lives in Burma's west

Aung San Suu Kyi and others accused of failing to speak out against persecution

Postcard from... China

The network of caves in Dunhuang in the far west of China rank among the wonders of the world. The 800 grottoes are home to frescoes a millennium old and more, placed there by devout Buddhist merchants about to embark on the treacherous Silk Road through the Gobi Desert.

Crackdown ordered in Bangladesh after burning of Buddhist temples

Authorities in Bangladesh have ordered security officials to remain alert around official camps of Rohingya Muslims following weekend attacks on minority Buddhists and their temples in the area.

Bangladeshi Muslims torch Buddhist temples near border with Burma over burned Koran

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims set fire to at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes in anger over a Facebook photo of a burned Koran before authorities restored order.

Nazi statue made from intergalactic space dust

In 1938 a team of Nazi scientists, funded by Heinrich Himmler went looting in Tibet, where Himmler believed the Aryan race originated.

As a politician, Aung San Suu Kyi must now consider her voters

Burma's Rohingya Muslims: Aung San Suu Kyi's blind spot

They suffer appalling violence and discrimination, but so far Aung San Suu Kyi has been notably silent on their plight

HMS Victory, the 1737 predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, was lost with all hands in 1744 in the English Channel. Armed with 100 bronze cannon, it was found in 2008, damaged by trawlers and still at risk

Scientist warns trawler damage to shipwrecks will result in an archaeological catastrophe

International action is urgently required to save the world's imperilled historic shipwrecks from the ravages of commercial fishing, experts have warned.

HMS Victory, the 1737 predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, was lost with all hands in 1744 in the English Channel. Armed with 100 bronze cannon, it was found in 2008, damaged by trawlers and still at risk

You're wrecking our wrecks! Experts warn of damage trawlers are doing to maritime history

Archaeologists want sunken vessels to be given the same levels of protection as threatened marine ecosystems

The investigation by Thai academics has discovered that 45 per cent of monks are obese while a full 40 per cent of them suffer from congenital diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Many of them also suffer from various allergies.

Enlightenment needed: Thailand's Buddhist monks to get food lessons after study shows nearly half are obese

The Buddhist monks of Thailand are not known to be an especially active bunch. Prayers, chanting and the collecting of alms take up much of their time.

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