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One of the great operatic images of the last two decades or so comes in the final act of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s 1999 staging of Wagner’s last opera Parsifal.

Cambodian temple is damaged by Thai army

Part of an 11th-century temple was damaged by the Thai army yesterday as it exchanged artillery and mortar fire with Cambodian troops across the disputed border between the two countries, shattering a shaky ceasefire.

Thai and Cambodia troops clash again near temple

Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged on their border fire for a second day today in a brief clash that killed a Thai soldier, the latest flare-up in a long-running feud over land around an 11th-century temple.

102 pilgrims killed in stampede at Indian festival

A stampede of pilgrims returning from one of India's most popular Hindu festivals killed at least 102 people and injured 44 others, officials said today.

Troops killed Red Shirts hiding in temple, official report admits

Leaked investigation contradicts Thai Prime Minister, who had blamed six gunshot deaths on protesters taking sanctuary

Sleight of land: The creator of Painshill was a one-man expenses scandal

Luckily for visitors to this Surrey gem, his deceptions live on

World picture of the day: Tripping the light fantastic

As Guy Fawkes Night went off with a bang around Britain, Diwali was also celebrated both in the UK and around the world – but perhaps nowhere more so than at the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Simon Keenlyside / Julius Drake, Temple Church, London

There were moments in Schubert’s song Verklärung (“Transfiguration”) where the splendour of the declamation and the whispering of spirits from the next world seemed almost too vivid to be true.

Stampede at Indian temple kills ten

A stampede in a packed temple in northern Indian has killed at least 10 people, police said today.

48 Hours In: Bangkok

Great food, superb shopping and a vibrant culture make the Thai capital an ideal gateway for a journey to South-East Asia.

India holds its breath as court divides historic mosque site

Hindus awarded two-thirds of Ayodhya, the holy ground that has sparked centuries of conflict

Indian court rules shrine should be shared

A holy site that sparked riots across India in the past should be divided between the Hindu and Muslim communities, a court ruled today.

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