To make the cut, the tournament's ball boys and girls undergo months of rigorous training. They must remain stock-still during play, roll a perfect roll and bounce a perfect bounce. They must also have impeccable manners and complete command of the rules of the game.
For decades, China's Communist Party has declared that corruption threatens its survival. But a state-run paper recently argued that corruption couldn't be stamped out, so it should be contained to acceptable levels.
Since the country's Saffron Revolution in 2007, Myanmar monks have refused alms from senior military leaders, a huge blow in a country that is 90 percent Buddhist. Now, prospects for lifting the spiritual boycott may be improving because of reforms by President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government.
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