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Closure of gates causes fatal crush as thousands pay last respects to Muslim spiritual leader

Ancient sanctuary dedicated to Mithras discovered in France

Archaeologists excavating at Angers, France, have discovered the remains of a temple dedicated to the Indo-Iranian god Mithras. The small, rectangular chapel, in which worshippers gathered for banquets and sacrifices dedicated to the god, is dated to the third century AD.

Prostitutes of god

Journalist Sarah Harris has made a documentary about temple prostitutes in south India -Devadasi girls are dedicated to a Hindu deity and spend their lives selling sex.

Traveller's Guide: Cambodia

You can still feel like an explorer in a country where the wonders of Angkor Wat stand in contrast to the horrors of the Killing Fields, says Richard Waters

The 12th-century facebook of Angkor Wat

Identities of the mysterious women carved into the Cambodian temple could finally be revealed. Andrew Buncombe reports

Worshippers forced to flee after explosion at Hare Krishna temple

Up to 60 worshippers fled a Hare Krishna temple in Leicester yesterday moments before the building was partially destroyed in an explosion.

Boy stabbed man 'after sex advances'

A 17-year-old boy stabbed a school student support officer through the heart after he made sexual advances to him, a court heard yesterday.

Red Shirts turn out for protest leader's funeral

Thousands of Red Shirts who just a month ago were encamped in the centre of Bangkok poured into a Buddhist temple today to attend the cremation of an assassinated rebel soldier who had acted as the protesters’ military chief.

35 feared drowned as boat capsizes in India

At least 35 people are feared drowned after a boat capsized on the Ganges river in northern India early Monday, police said.

Many peaceful returns

Buddhist monks yesterday in a procession marking Vesak, or Buddha's birthday, at Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Shocked family bids farewell to medic killed in Red Shirt sanctuary

Andrew Buncombe joins the crowds flocking to an eastern Bangkok temple to pray after cruel death of 'Nurse Kate'

Thailand to investigate shootings inside Buddhist temple

Much of Bangkok left in ruins as government tries to find who was to blame for deadly violence

Eyewitness: Under fire in Thailand

Andrew Buncombe reports from the streets of Bangkok which have become a lethal battle zone

Ancient tomb unearthed in southern Mexico

Archaeologists in southern Mexico announced they have discovered a 2,700-year-old tomb of a dignitary inside a pyramid that may be the oldest such burial documented in Mesoamerica.

Human sacrifices discovered at torched Shang Dynasty city Huanbei

A team of researchers excavating a 3,300 year old Shang Dynasty palace-temple complex at the ancient city of Huanbei have discovered that it was burned down after only 50 years of use by the city’s own rulers.

Colossal statue of Thoth discovered at temple of Amenhotep III in Luxor

A colossal statue of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, the deity of wisdom, is the latest artefact to be discovered near the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III during archaeological works aimed at controlling the subterranean water level on Luxor's west bank.

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