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

UN moves to resolve temple border dispute

The UN's highest court yesterday ordered Thailand and Cambodia to pull their soldiers out of a newly defined demilitarised border zone around an ancient temple and to revive talks to resolve the decades-old conflict.

UN orders troops away from temple

The UN's highest court has ordered troops from Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw military forces from disputed areas around a World Heritage temple straddling their border.

The golden temple: £14bn treasure trove angers Indian people

For centuries, the devout in India have made pilgrimages to temples to pray and make offerings, be it in the form of flowers, rice, clarified butter or money. The money – traditionally to help the most vulnerable – has turned some of the temples into very wealthy institutions.

Women lead men in same-sex unions – and in separations

The number of women entering into same-sex civil partnerships in the UK outstripped men last year for the first time since the legislation paving the way for such unions came into effect in 2005.

Two more rooms of treasure found in Indian temple

A vast treasure trove of gold coins, jewellery and precious stones unearthed at a Hindu temple in India and valued in the billions was expected to grow in value yesterday as experts opened two more secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years.

Hangzhou: A Chinese puzzle

A village that's really a hotel, a hill that can fly, and a lake that evokes the spirit of ancient China. Welcome to Hangzhou, says <b>Ben Ross</b>

More border clashes threaten temples in Cambodia

Thai and Cambodian troops fought with short-range rockets and guns near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple yesterday, opening a second front in a five-day confrontation that has killed 13 people.

Clashes along Thai-Cambodia border spread east

Boonhome Surasuk has slept in a bomb shelter in his mostly abandoned village since late last week when the deadliest fighting in years erupted between Thailand and Cambodia.

Indian guru's death sparks a scramble over his &#163;5bn empire

The death of a self-proclaimed holy man from southern India has thrown millions of his supporters around the world into mourning and set off speculation as to who will inherit the leadership of his network, said to be worth at least £5bn.

Thailand and Cambodia clash for second day

Thai and Cambodian troops fired shells and small arms across the countries' border today, killing at least 10 soldiers in a two-day clash.

Hindus reclaim 5,000 years of history

By restoring temples in the Muslim region of Kashmir, the Pandit community is also preserving its past. Andrew Buncombe reports

Minor British Institutions: The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is, in fact, a hare. This confusion is but one of the myriad entanglements surrounding the spring celebration of fertility and resurrection adopted by Christianity.

Rare 1930s Bali temple dance film on show in Britain

Rare photographs and footage of traditional Balinese dances from the 1930s go on show tomorrow at the Horniman Museum in London.

As the death toll soars, Japan finds comfort amid its carnage

With 20,000 feared dead, a nation learns to cope
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