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French tourists given jail terms in Sri Lanka for “insulting religious...

A Sri Lankan court has given suspended jail terms to three French tourists for wounding the religious feelings of Buddhists by taking pictures deemed insulting.

UN marks 10th anniversary of Buddha statues’ destruction in Afghanistan

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the giant Buddha statues of Bamiyan, in Afghanistan, by the then-ruling fundamentalist Islamic Taliban, the United Nations cultural chief today

Fully rebuilding tourism in Bamiyan still a distant dream

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan — Two empty niches facing over a lush green valley towards the snow-capped Hindu Kush mountains stand in silent testimony to Bamiyan's rich past -- and its uncertain future.