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News Items: 2017/09/30


Nepal names 3-year-old as new ‘living goddess’ of Kathmandu
A three-year-old girl has been named the new “Kumari” of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as “living goddesses”.

Why a federal judge ruled Lehigh County's seal unconstitutional
The Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the county in August 2016, alongside four of its local members. They objected to the prominent cross on the county seal and flag adopted by county commissioners Dec. 28, 1944.

Promoters of pop concerts, other events may ditch Malaysia as hard-line Islam gets a grip
Organizers of pop concerts and some other big events are increasingly wary of including Malaysia on their itineraries, as the cancellation of a beer festival due to take place next month highlighted growing intolerance toward activities regarded as insulting to Islam by some Muslim groups.