Nepali teen dies from snake bite in ‘menstruation hut’

An 18-year-old girl has died in Nepal after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a shed because she was menstruating, under an ancient practice that has been banned for more than a decade, officials said. Tulasi Shahi was bitten twice by a venomous snake and died on Friday morning in western Dailekh…

In Tibet, Chinese characteristics set tone of religious freedom

LHASA, TIBET – The sun has yet to rise over Lhasa, but dozens of colorfully dressed pilgrims are already gathered and reciting prayers at the entrance to Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Many of those gathered — Tibetans and Han Chinese visitors — say religion is flourishing under Beijing’s rule, with adherents…

N.Y. police regularly violated rules on probing Muslim groups: watchdog

The New York City Police Department routinely violated court-mandated rules on handling investigations of political activity, particularly Muslim groups or individuals, the department’s watchdog said in a report released on Tuesday. The 64-page report by the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD found police were non-compliant with a number of rules governing the…

Pope Francis loses his cool with the worshippers

Mexico: In a rare sight of public agitation, Pope Francis lost his composure as he greeted a crowd of worshippers in Morella, Mexico. When a devotee grabbed him by his cassock and wouldn’t let go, it caused the Pontiff to fall into a wheelchair-bound man. The Pope sternly told the man in Spanish “don’t be…