A worker engraves a stone

Hindu monk’s temple mission in India a headache for Modi

(Reuters) The disputed site, now ringed with guard towers and troops, is in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, the setting of elections early next year that could make or break Modi’s chances of gaining control of the upper house of parliament.

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Monks’ caskets suit heads back to court

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A group of Catholic monks who sued for the right to sell handmade caskets will head back to court this week, this time fending off an appeal from the state funeral industry after a federal judge ruled last year that the monks should be able to sell the caskets. By Ramon Antonio Vargas.

10 minutes with … Lobsang Sangay

“My stand on self immolation is the same as that of the Dalai Lama, who has always discouraged drastic actions by Tibetans,” says Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile. “He does not even endorse hunger strikes.”