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INDIA
RTXVQLV 
December 15, 2010 
A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual... 
PELLING, India 
A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual... 
A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Pemayangtse monastery in Pelling in the Himalayan state of Sikkim December 15, 2010. The Dalai Lama is in Sikkim, which borders with China as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao begins his three-day visit to New Delhi. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA-CONSUMER/
RTXVJZR 
December 09, 2010 
An ethnic Tibetan monk uses his mobile phone at Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province... 
Xiahe, China 
To match Special Report CHINA-CONSUMER/ 
An ethnic Tibetan monk uses his mobile phone at Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province in this February 10, 2006 file photo. China's consumption has lagged well behind other major economies, because the country was mainly focused on investment and exports. But that is beginning to change, as incomes rise and China rebalances its economy. Picture taken February 10, 2006. To match Special Report CHINA-CONSUMER/ REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
SAUDI-HAJ/
RTXUP2O 
November 16, 2010 
Muslim pilgrims gather to cast stones at pillars symbolising Satan, which is part of a pilgrimage rite,... 
Mena, Saudi Arabia 
Muslim pilgrims gather to cast stones at pillars symbolising Satan in Mena 
Muslim pilgrims gather to cast stones at pillars symbolising Satan, which is part of a pilgrimage rite, in Mena November 16, 2010. Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
SAUDI-HAJ/
RTXUNO9 
November 15, 2010 
Muslim pilgrims rest as others pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, outside the holy city of... 
PLAINS OF ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia 
Muslim pilgrims rest as others pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat 
Muslim pilgrims rest as others pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, outside the holy city of Mecca, November 15, 2010. At least 2.5 million Muslims began the annual haj pilgrimage on Sunday, heading to an encampment near the holy city of Mecca to retrace the route taken by Prophet Mohammad 14 centuries ago. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
SAUDI/
RTXUM0R 
November 14, 2010 
Muslim pilgrims walk upon arrival to Mena, near Mecca, during the annual haj pilgrimage November 14,... 
Mena, Saudi Arabia 
Muslim pilgrims walk upon arrival to Mena, near Mecca, during the annual haj pilgrimage 
Muslim pilgrims walk upon arrival to Mena, near Mecca, during the annual haj pilgrimage November 14, 2010. The haj is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and a duty for Muslims who can perform it. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
G20/
RTXUIP8 
November 12, 2010 
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) speaks with monks at the Bongeunsa temple in Seoul November... 
Seoul, South Korea 
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with monks at the Bongeunsa temple during the G20 summit... 
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) speaks with monks at the Bongeunsa temple in Seoul November 12, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 (G20) summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. REUTERS/Darren Staples (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
SAUDI/
RTXUHM2 
November 11, 2010 
A Muslim pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca November 11, 2010.... 
Mecca, Saudi Arabia 
A Muslim pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca 
A Muslim pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca November 11, 2010. The haj is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and a duty for Muslims who can perform it. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E6CG1S0J01. 
MYANMAR/
RTXUBEI 
November 07, 2010 
A novice walks past Buddha statutes in the wooden chapel of Tantiyajao temple in Payathonzu district... 
Payathonzu, Myanmar 
A novice walks past Buddha statutes in the wooden chapel of Tantiyajao temple in Payathonzu district... 
A novice walks past Buddha statutes in the wooden chapel of Tantiyajao temple in Payathonzu district in Myanmar, opposite the Three Pagoda Pass near the border with Thailand, November 7, 2010. Polls opened under tight security in Myanmar's first election in 20 years on Sunday, a scripted vote that assures army-backed parties an easy win but brings a hint of parliamentary politics to the isolated, oppressive state. REUTERS/Stringerss (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTXUBE5 
November 07, 2010 
A monk walks quietly in the wooden chapel of Tantiyajao temple in the Payathonzu district of Myanmar,... 
Payathonzu, Myanmar 
A monk walks quietly in the wooden chapel of Tantiyajao temple in the Payathonzu district of Myanmar,... 
A monk walks quietly in the wooden chapel of Tantiyajao temple in the Payathonzu district of Myanmar, opposite the Three Pagoda Pass near the border with Thailand, November 7, 2010. Polls opened under tight security in Myanmar's first election in 20 years on Sunday, a scripted vote that assures army-backed parties an easy win but brings a hint of parliamentary politics to the isolated, oppressive state. REUTERS/Stringerss (MYANMAR - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
THAILAND/
RTXTGB2 
October 14, 2010 
Ethnic Karen novice Buddhist monks from Myanmar attend a class in their monastery in Mae La refugee camp... 
Mae Sot, Thailand 
Ethnic Karen novice Buddhist monks from Myanmar attend a class in their monastery in Mae La refugee camp... 
Ethnic Karen novice Buddhist monks from Myanmar attend a class in their monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010. Ethnic Karen refugees continue to pour into Thailand, fleeing decades-long fighting between Karen rebels and Myanmar government troops and its guerrilla allies. Some 140,000 refugees live in official camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to the U.N. refugee agency and there are concerns that hostilities in the hills of Eastern Myanmar could intensify as a result of a refusal of several ethnic political groups to take part in an election next month. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION CONFLICT) 
THAILAND/
RTXTGAO 
October 14, 2010 
An ethnic Karen novice monk from Myanmar looks out of a window of a monastery in Mae La refugee camp... 
Mae Sot, Thailand 
An ethnic Karen novice monk from Myanmar looks out of a window of a monastery in Mae La refugee camp... 
An ethnic Karen novice monk from Myanmar looks out of a window of a monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010. Ethnic Karen refugees continue to pour into Thailand, fleeing decades-long fighting between Karen rebels and Myanmar government troops and its guerrilla allies. Some 140,000 refugees live in official camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to the U.N. refugee agency and there are concerns that hostilities in the hills of Eastern Myanmar could intensify as a result of a refusal of several ethnic political groups to take part in an election next month. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION CONFLICT) 
THAILAND/
RTXTGAM 
October 14, 2010 
Ethnic Karen novice monks from Myanmar attend a class in their monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside... 
Mae Sot, Thailand 
Ethnic Karen novice monks from Myanmar attend a class in their monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside... 
Ethnic Karen novice monks from Myanmar attend a class in their monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010. Ethnic Karen refugees continue to pour into Thailand, fleeing decades-long fighting between Karen rebels and Myanmar government troops and its guerrilla allies. Some 140,000 refugees live in official camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to the U.N. refugee agency and there are concerns that hostilities in the hills of Eastern Myanmar could intensify as a result of a refusal of several ethnic political groups to take part in an election next month. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT RELIGION) 
THAILAND/
RTXTGAI 
October 14, 2010 
An ethnic Karen novice monk from Myanmar attends a class in a monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside... 
Mae Sot, Thailand 
An ethnic Karen novice monk from Myanmar attends a class in a monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside... 
An ethnic Karen novice monk from Myanmar attends a class in a monastery in Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010. Ethnic Karen refugees continue to pour into Thailand, fleeing decades-long fighting between Karen rebels and Myanmar government troops and its guerrilla allies. Some 140,000 refugees live in official camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to the U.N. refugee agency and there are concerns that hostilities in the hills of Eastern Myanmar could intensify as a result of a refusal of several ethnic political groups to take part in an election next month. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT RELIGION) 
THAILAND/
RTXTG9A 
October 14, 2010 
An ethnic Karen novice Buddhist monk from Myanmar attends a class in a monastery at the Mae La refugee... 
Mae Sot, Thailand 
An ethnic Karen novice Buddhist monk from Myanmar attends a class in a monastery at the Mae La refugee... 
An ethnic Karen novice Buddhist monk from Myanmar attends a class in a monastery at the Mae La refugee camp outside Mae Sot near the Thai-Myanmar border October 14, 2010. Ethnic Karen refugees continue to pour into Thailand, fleeing decades-long fighting between Karen rebels and Myanmar government troops and its guerrilla allies. Some 140,000 refugees live in official camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to the U.N. refugee agency and there are concerns that hostilities in the hills of Eastern Myanmar could intensify as a result of a refusal of several ethnic political groups to take part in an election next month. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY) 
THAILAND/
RTXSFXK 
September 20, 2010 
Hospital staff carry the dead body of Buddhist monk Luang Por Kwandee Piyasilo from his living quarters... 
PHITSANULOK, Thailand 
Hospital staff carry the body of Buddhist monk Luang Por Kwandee Piyasilo from his living quarters at... 
Hospital staff carry the dead body of Buddhist monk Luang Por Kwandee Piyasilo from his living quarters at Wat Tha Maprang in Phitsanulok September 19, 2010. According to newspaper reports, the 72 year-old revered monk was in sitting position when his body was found. Picture taken September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Chinawat Singha (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY OBITUARY IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
JORDAN-SAUDI/
RTXSCF2 
August 22, 2010 
Jordan's King Abdullah (C) performs the umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca August 22,... 
Mecca, Saudi Arabia 
Jordan's King Abdullah performs umra pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca 
Jordan's King Abdullah (C) performs the umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca August 22, 2010. The umra can be performed at any time of the year but is popular during Ramadan which starts in August this year. REUTERS/Yousef Allan (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION ROYALS) 
THAILAND
RTR2GI9I 
July 18, 2010 
Young Thai hill tribesmen pray in front of a golden Buddha statue inside the Wat Bechamabopit marble... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Young Thai hill tribesmen pray in front of a golden Buddha statue inside the Wat Bechamabopit marble... 
Young Thai hill tribesmen pray in front of a golden Buddha statue inside the Wat Bechamabopit marble temple in Bangkok July 18,2010. About 300 boys will enter monkhood for a period of three months to study Buddhist teaching during Buddhist Lent which falls during the rainy season. The ceremony was sponsored by the Foundation for the Promotion of Buddhism among people living in remote areas. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
THAILAND
RTR2GI9H 
July 18, 2010 
Young Thai hill tribesmen pray in front of a golden Buddha statue inside the Wat Bechamabopit marble... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Young Thai hill tribesmen pray in front of a golden Buddha statue inside the Wat Bechamabopit marble... 
Young Thai hill tribesmen pray in front of a golden Buddha statue inside the Wat Bechamabopit marble temple in Bangkok July 18,2010. About 300 boys will enter monkhood for a period of three months to study Buddhist teaching during Buddhist Lent which falls during the rainy season. The ceremony was sponsored by the Foundation for the Promotion of Buddhism among people living in remote areas. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
INDONESIA/
RTR2EDEC 
May 26, 2010 
A worker takes a picture of monks collecting food and money for the poor in Magelang, Indonesia's Central... 
Magelang, Indonesia 
A worker takes a picture of monks collecting food and money for the poor in Magelang 
A worker takes a picture of monks collecting food and money for the poor in Magelang, Indonesia's Central Java May 26, 2010, ahead of Waisak day which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo (INDONESIA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY) 
INDONESIA/
RTR2EDE8 
May 26, 2010 
Monks carry bowls to collect food and money for the poor in Magelang, Indonesia's Central Java May 26,... 
Magelang, Indonesia 
Monks carry bowls to collect food and money for the poor in Magelang 
Monks carry bowls to collect food and money for the poor in Magelang, Indonesia's Central Java May 26, 2010, ahead of Waisak day which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo (INDONESIA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY) 
THAILAND
RTXS4PH 
April 25, 2010 
A Buddhist monk walks along a barricade, built with bamboo poles and tyres, in the Silom business district... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A Buddhist monk walks along barricade in the Silom business district in Bangkok 
A Buddhist monk walks along a barricade, built with bamboo poles and tyres, in the Silom business district in Bangkok April 25, 2010. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday rejected a new, compromise offer by anti-government red-shirt demonstrators to end weeks of increasingly violent protests in return for early polls. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) 
SRILANKA/
RTR2CORB 
April 11, 2010 
An elephant plays with a Buddhist monk as it tries to climb steps at a temple that is preparing for the... 
Colombo, Sri Lanka 
An elephant plays with a Buddhist monk as it tries to climb steps at a temple that is preparing for the... 
An elephant plays with a Buddhist monk as it tries to climb steps at a temple that is preparing for the New Year, in Colombo April 11, 2010. Sri Lankans celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil Hindu New Year on April 13 and 14. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
SRILANKA/
RTR2CG3G 
April 05, 2010 
A monk, supporter of the opposition party People's Liberation Front, yells out of a window of a bus after... 
Colombo, Sri Lanka 
A monk yells out of a window of a bus after police arrested monks and broke up a hunger protest in Colombo... 
A monk, supporter of the opposition party People's Liberation Front, yells out of a window of a bus after police arrested monks and broke up a hunger protest, that called for the release of defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka who remains in military custody, in Colombo April 5, 2010. Fonseka was arrested by the military for allegedly engaging in politics against his president while still in uniform one month ago, but is still contesting for a parliament seat. Sri Lankan voters elect a parliament on April 8 for the first time since the government defeated Tamil Tiger separatists' three-decade insurgency last year and ended one of Asia's longest-running civil wars. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CRIME LAW IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA/
RTR2C1OO 
March 25, 2010 
Buddhist monks walk amidst tea bushes during a campaign to promote local tea, on the outskirts of Hangzhou,... 
Hangzhou, China 
Buddhist monks walk amidst tea bushes during a campaign to promote local tea, on the outskirts of Hangzhou... 
Buddhist monks walk amidst tea bushes during a campaign to promote local tea, on the outskirts of Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province March 25, 2010. Changeable weather, heavy rain and snow have made Hangzhou's famous Dragon Well (Longjing) tea more costly as the harvest will be smaller, local media reported. REUTERS/Lang Lang (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) 
THAILAND-POLITICS/
RTR2BOOB 
March 16, 2010 
A Buddhist monk donates blood as supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gather in Bangkok... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A Buddhist monk donates blood as supporters of former PM Thaksin gather in Bangkok 
A Buddhist monk donates blood as supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gather in Bangkok March 16, 2010. Anti-government protesters will collect one million cubic centimetres of blood to pour outside the Government House in Bangkok, in a symbolic move to denounce the government as part of their demonstration to call for fresh elections. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
THAILAND-POLITICS/
RTR2BKYX 
March 13, 2010 
A Buddhist monk holds a banner as he joins other supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in central... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A Buddhist monk holds a banner as he joins other supporters of former premier Thaksin in central Bangkok... 
A Buddhist monk holds a banner as he joins other supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in central Bangkok March 13, 2010. Anti-government protesters headed for Bangkok from the countryside on Saturday for what they are calling a "million-man march," aiming to paralyse the capital and topple a government they say is a front for unelected elites. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION CIVIL UNREST POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
SRILANKA
RTR2BDPS 
March 08, 2010 
Buddhist Bhikkhunis nuns pray at the Shantharamaya Temple in Colombo March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte... 
Colombo, Sri Lanka 
Buddhist Bhikkhunis nuns pray at the Shantharamaya Temple in Colombo 
Buddhist Bhikkhunis nuns pray at the Shantharamaya Temple in Colombo March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION) 
SRILANKA/
RTR2ANAJ 
February 21, 2010 
A Buddhist monk walks past a painting of the Last Supper at the Kala Pola art festival in Colombo February... 
Colombo, Sri Lanka 
A Buddhist monk walks past a painting of the Last Supper at the Kala Pola art festival in Colombo 
A Buddhist monk walks past a painting of the Last Supper at the Kala Pola art festival in Colombo February 21, 2010. The annual Kala Pola festival features over 250 artists and sculptors from all parts of Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
OBAMA/
RTR2AHW3 
February 18, 2010 
The Dalai Lama (R) is shown the way from the White House in Washington, February 18, 2010, following... 
Washington, UNITED STATES 
The Dalai Lama walks at the White House in Washington 
The Dalai Lama (R) is shown the way from the White House in Washington, February 18, 2010, following his private meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama there. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
USA/
RTR2AHVS 
February 18, 2010 
The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (C) talks to the media after his meeting with U.S. President... 
Washington, UNITED STATES 
The Dalai Lama talks to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington 
The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (C) talks to the media after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AHL7 
February 18, 2010 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play music in the main court as they take part in the "Monlam" Festival in a monastery... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play music in the main court as they take part in the "Monlam" Festival in a monastery... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play music in the main court as they take part in the "Monlam" Festival in a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 18, 2010. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate "Monlam", or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. China urged the U.S. to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AHKT 
February 18, 2010 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play music as they take part in the "Monlam" Festival in a monastery in Tongren,... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play music as they take part in the "Monlam" Festival in a monastery in Tongren,... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play music as they take part in the "Monlam" Festival in a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 18, 2010. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate "Monlam", or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. China urged the U.S. to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AHKR 
February 18, 2010 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, as its displayed,... 
TONGREN, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks infront of a giant "thangka",displayed as part of the "Monlam" Festival,... 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, as its displayed, as part of the "Monlam" Festival, on a hill outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 18, 2010.Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate "Monlam", or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. China urged the U.S. to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AFAM 
February 17, 2010 
A Tibetan monk runs inside an alley of a monastery near Tongren February 17, 2010. China urged the United... 
TONGREN, China 
A Tibetan monk runs inside an alley of a monastery near Tongren 
A Tibetan monk runs inside an alley of a monastery near Tongren February 17, 2010. China urged the United States to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama on Thursday, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on February 18, despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
PORTUGAL
RTR29A7U 
January 21, 2010 
A Shaolin monk performs during a rehearsal for the show "Sutra" at the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon... 
Lisbon, Portugal 
Shaolin monks perform during a rehearsal for the show "Sutra" at the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon 
A Shaolin monk performs during a rehearsal for the show "Sutra" at the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Correia (PORTUGAL - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT SPORT) 
SRILANKA/
RTR28OIV 
January 09, 2010 
A group of young Buddhist monks walk to a campaign rally to show their support for presidential candidate... 
Colombo, Sri Lanka 
A group of young Buddhist monks walk to a campaign rally to show their support for presidential candidate... 
A group of young Buddhist monks walk to a campaign rally to show their support for presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka in Colombo, January 9, 2010. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks re-election in the January 26 poll, with the main challenger being former army chief Fonseka, who led the military to victory in a 25-year war against separatist rebels. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) 
CUBA/
RTXRYEU 
December 17, 2009 
A Cuban sackcloth-dressed worshipper rests as he pushes a rock to pay homage along a road leading to... 
El Rincon, Cuba 
A Cuban sackcloth-dressed worshipper rests as he pushes a rock to pay homage along a road leading to... 
A Cuban sackcloth-dressed worshipper rests as he pushes a rock to pay homage along a road leading to the shrine of Saint Lazarus in the town of Rincon, some 30 km from Havana December 17, 2009. The annual pilgrimage to one of Cuba's most sacred icons drew thousands of both Roman Catholic believers, and followers of the Afro-Cuban Santeria faith for whom Saint Lazarus also symbolizes the deity of Babalu-Aye, introduced by African slaves brought to Cuba when it was a Spanish colony. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION) 
SAUDI-HAJ
RTXR600 
November 26, 2009 
Muslim pilgrims catch a ride on a truck from the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca to Muzdalifa... 
Mecca, Saudi Arabia 
Muslim pilgrims catch a ride on a truck from the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca to Muzdalifa... 
Muslim pilgrims catch a ride on a truck from the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca to Muzdalifa during the haj pilgrimage November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (SAUDI ARABIA RELIGION) 
HAJ/
RTXR5CI 
November 26, 2009 
A Muslim pilgrim assists another pilgrim to climb Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat outside the holy... 
Mecca, Saudi Arabia 
A Muslim pilgrim assists another pilgrim climb Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat outside the holy city... 
A Muslim pilgrim assists another pilgrim to climb Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca November 26, 2009. More than two million Muslims gather this week for the annual haj pilgrimage to Islam's holy city of Mecca. The haj is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and a duty for Muslims who can perform it. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (SAUDI ARABIA RELIGION) 
HAJ
RTXR5C4 
November 26, 2009 
Muslim pilgrims sit on a rock on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca November... 
Mecca, Saudi Arabia 
Muslim pilgrims sit on a rock on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca 
Muslim pilgrims sit on a rock on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca November 26, 2009. More than two million Muslims gather this week for the annual haj pilgrimage to Islam's holy city of Mecca. The haj is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and a duty for Muslims who can perform it. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (SAUDI ARABIA RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA/
RTXR2WX 
November 24, 2009 
Tibetan monks engage in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November... 
Lhasa, China 
Tibetan monks engage in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa 
Tibetan monks engage in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA SOCIETY RELIGION) 
BHUTAN/
RTXQSZ7 
November 16, 2009 
A Buddhist nun uses a gong to call others for prayers at a nunnery in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan,... 
Thimphu, Bhutan 
Buddhist nun uses a gong at a nunnery in Thimphu 
A Buddhist nun uses a gong to call others for prayers at a nunnery in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (BHUTAN RELIGION SOCIETY) 
THAILAND/
RTXQQX9 
November 15, 2009 
A buddhist monk walks to receive an alms from villagers on a wooden bridge at a small village near Thai-Myanmar... 
Kanchanaburi, Thailand 
A buddhist monk walks on a wooden bridge to receive an alms from villagers at a small village near the... 
A buddhist monk walks to receive an alms from villagers on a wooden bridge at a small village near Thai-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi province, about 380 km (236 miles) west of Bangkok November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND SOCIETY RELIGION TRAVEL) 
MYANMAR/
RTXQHK9 
November 08, 2009 
Buddhist monks sweep the front of a pagoda in Pindaya in Myanmar November 8, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya... 
Pindaya, Myanmar 
Buddhist monks sweep the front of a pagoda in Pindaya in Myanmar 
Buddhist monks sweep the front of a pagoda in Pindaya in Myanmar November 8, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR SOCIETY RELIGION) 
MYANMAR/
RTXQ9UD 
November 02, 2009 
A Buddhist monk offers prayers in front of a statue of Buddha in Taunggyi, the capital of the southern... 
TAUNGGYI, Myanmar 
A Buddhist monk offers prayers in front of a statue of Buddha in Taunggyi 
A Buddhist monk offers prayers in front of a statue of Buddha in Taunggyi, the capital of the southern Shan State of Myanmar November 2, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun(MYANMAR RELIGION) 
MYANMAR/
RTXPE3R 
October 07, 2009 
A monk prays at the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda, in Mon State October 6,... 
Kyaik Hto, Myanmar 
A monk prays at the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda, Myanmar 
A monk prays at the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda, in Mon State October 6, 2009. Built on a granite boulder precariously balanced on the edge of a rock mountain over 3,000 feet (0.9 km) above the sea level, the pagoda is estimated to weigh 19.5 tons (17,645 kg), and the granite boulder weighs 611.5 tons (554, 704 kg). REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR SOCIETY RELIGION) 
CAMBODIA
RTR28698 
September 23, 2009 
A Cambodian Buddhist monk holds an umbrella while he walks back to a pagoda after school at a park in... 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
A Cambodian Buddhist monk holds an umbrella while he walks back to a pagoda after school at a park in... 
A Cambodian Buddhist monk holds an umbrella while he walks back to a pagoda after school at a park in Phnom Penh September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA SOCIETY) 
THAILAND/
RTR27WI2 
September 16, 2009 
A Buddhist monk sweeps up bat guano in a cave near Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in Ratchaburi province,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A Buddhist monk sweeps up bat guano in a cave near Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in Ratchaburi province 
A Buddhist monk sweeps up bat guano in a cave near Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in Ratchaburi province, 130 km (81 miles) west of Bangkok, September 14, 2009. Bats bring the temple a monthly income of $4,800 from the sale of almost 7 tonnes of their guano and from tourists visiting the bat cave. Picture taken September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND ANIMALS RELIGION SOCIETY) 
BHUTAN/
RTR27ECO 
September 03, 2009 
Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan September... 
BHUTAN, Bhutan 
Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan 
Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan September 3, 2009. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and healthcare are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk (BHUTAN SOCIETY RELIGION SPORT IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
TAIWAN-DALAI/
RTR27BEF 
September 01, 2009 
Nuns chant before a mass prayer session for Typhoon Morakot victims led by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Nuns chant before a mass prayer session for Typhoon Morakot victims led by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader,... 
Nuns chant before a mass prayer session for Typhoon Morakot victims led by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, September 1, 2009. The Dalai Lama, on a controversial humanitarian visit to flood-ravaged Taiwan denounced by China, steered clear of talking about Tibet on Monday but said he was dedicated to the promotion of democracy. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN RELIGION POLITICS DISASTER) 
TAIWAN-DALAI/
RTR27BDG 
September 01, 2009 
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks to followers during a mass prayer session for... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks to followers during a mass prayer session for... 
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks to followers during a mass prayer session for Typhoon Morakot victims in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, September 1, 2009. The Dalai Lama, on a controversial humanitarian visit to flood-ravaged Taiwan denounced by China, steered clear of talking about Tibet on Monday but said he was dedicated to the promotion of democracy. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN RELIGION POLITICS DISASTER) 
MYANMAR/
RTR26WKF 
August 19, 2009 
Buddhist nuns encircle the grounds of the newly-renovated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon August 19, 2009.... 
Yangon, Myanmar 
Buddhist nuns encircle the grounds of the newly-renovated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon 
Buddhist nuns encircle the grounds of the newly-renovated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon August 19, 2009. Picture taken August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR RELIGION SOCIETY) 
MYANMAR/
RTR26WJF 
August 19, 2009 
Buddhist monks encircle the grounds of the newly-renovated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon August 19, 2009.... 
Yangon, Myanmar 
Buddhist monks encircle the grounds of the newly-renovated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon 
Buddhist monks encircle the grounds of the newly-renovated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR RELIGION SOCIETY) 
MYANMAR-SUUYKI/
RTXJWAU 
May 20, 2009 
Myanmarese monks, living in Thailand, stand outside the Myanmar embassy during a rally calling for Aung... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Myanmarese monks, living in Thailand, stand outside the Myanmar embassy during a rally calling for Suu... 
Myanmarese monks, living in Thailand, stand outside the Myanmar embassy during a rally calling for Aung San Suu Kyi's release in Bangkok, May 20, 2009. Army-ruled Myanmar opened the prison trial of opposition leader Suu Kyi to diplomats and journalists on Wednesday in an apparent effort to calm international outrage over the case. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND POLITICS CONFLICT RELIGION) 
INDIA/
RTXFZ8B 
May 12, 2009 
A Lama offers prayers at a monastery on the outskirts of Leh district in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir,... 
Leh, India 
A Lama offers prayers at a monastery on the outskirts of Leh district 
A Lama offers prayers at a monastery on the outskirts of Leh district in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, May 12, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Gupta (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
INDONESIA/
RTXF7ON 
May 09, 2009 
Buddhist monks walks in the rain during Vesak Day's procession in Magelang, central Java May 9, 2009.... 
Magelang, Indonesia 
Buddhist monks walks in the rain during Vesak Day's procession in Magelang 
Buddhist monks walks in the rain during Vesak Day's procession in Magelang, central Java May 9, 2009. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrated Vesak Day on Saturday to honour the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha more than 2,000 years ago. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo (INDONESIA RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY ANNIVERSARY) 
INDIA/
RTXF4LN 
May 09, 2009 
A Buddhist monk offers prayers at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival in the... 
Chandigarh, India 
A Buddhist monk offers prayers at a Buddhist temple in Chandigarh 
A Buddhist monk offers prayers at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh May 9, 2009. The festival commemorates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha and his attainment of Nirvana. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA SOCIETY RELIGION) 
INDONESIA
RTXF4I9 
May 09, 2009 
Buddhist monks pray at the Mendut temple during a Vesak Day procession in Magelang, Central Java, May... 
Magelang, Indonesia 
Buddhist monks pray at the Mendut temple during a Vesak Day procession in Magelang, Central Java 
Buddhist monks pray at the Mendut temple during a Vesak Day procession in Magelang, Central Java, May 9, 2009. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrated Vesak Day on Saturday to honour the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha more than 2,000 years ago. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo (INDONESIA SOCIETY RELIGION) 
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
RTXE1T1 
April 16, 2009 
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers pray during the Ethiopian Washing of the Feet ceremony outside the Church... 
Jerusalem, Israel 
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers attend Washing of the Feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre... 
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers pray during the Ethiopian Washing of the Feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 16, 2009, ahead of Orthodox Easter. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (JERUSALEM RELIGION SOCIETY) 
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
RTXE1SF 
April 16, 2009 
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers attend the Ethiopian Washing of the Feet ceremony outside the Church of... 
Jerusalem, Israel 
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers attend Washing of the Feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre... 
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers attend the Ethiopian Washing of the Feet ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 16, 2009, ahead of Orthodox Easter.
REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (JERUSALEM RELIGION IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE) 
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