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The Truth About Nepal's Blood-Drinking Festivals

The name is pretty grisly. But these annual or semi-annual festivals, which involve yak blood and take place high in the mist-wrapped highlands of Nepal, reflect the complex relationship that Buddhists have with eating meat.
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Religion And Politics In 2012

Join Diane and her guests for a discussion about how religious beliefs are informing political convictions in the 2012 election.

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Shift In Mormon Age Policy Widens Women's Options

The Mormon Church announced earlier this month that young women can begin their mission trips when they're 19 — two years earlier than the previous policy allowed. The shift is also a seismic change in philosophy — and sends the signal that young women have more options in planning their futures.
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Is Religious Violence In Nigeria The Whole Story?

A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a Catholic church in Nigeria Sunday, killing at least 10 people in the latest incident of religious violence in that country. But Margee Ensign, the U.S. born president of the American University Nigeria, is hoping her institution can be a force for peace. She talks with host Michel Martin.
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Artist Loses Commission In Virginia Due To Religious Symbols

Alexandria leaders have rejected a sculpture for Freedman's Cemetery memorial because it contains religious symbols.

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Little Festivity As Syria's Holiday Cease-Fire Fails

It's Eid al-Adha, or the feast of the sacrifice, a four-day religious holiday that is one of the holiest events of the Muslim world. But there is little to celebrate in Syria's largest city, Aleppo. A cease-fire called for the holiday is already crumbling, and in some areas it never took hold.

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