After death comes for a rinpoche — a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, imbued with supernatural powers — he or she may choose to reincarnate as an infant. Such was the extraordinary fate of a child named Padma Angdu, identified as a rinpoche in 2010. He was only 6 years old. A new documentary follows him as he grows into his destiny.
Around Lebanon, men working as peer leaders are educating other men on the damage that child marriage does to girls and young women, in the hopes of convincing fathers to stop marrying off their daughters.
Ibrahim, 17, and his mother spent two years as ISIS prisoners when the group controlled the area around Mosul. He says his Christian faith helped him survive. But after his release, the ordeal made him question religion altogether.
Two-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk says she is boycotting the next world championship tournament because it's being held in Saudi Arabia, where women's rights are severely restricted. The Ukrainian is giving up her chance to win record prize money and the chance to defend her title because she doesn't want to feel like a "secondary creature."
What does it mean to be white? And what does it mean to be Hispanic? Being a Spaniard from Barcelona, Jaime Gonzalez always considered himself to be European and white. But as a BBC reporter working in California — he has found that many Americans see him differently.
The Dalai Lama prohibits his followers from praying to what he considers the malevolent deity of Dorje Shugden. But adherents of this practice, many of them western converts, say the Tibetan religious leader is guilty of persecution.
Ani Zonneveld started as a Grammy award-winning songwriter. Now she spends her time challenging conservative interpretation of her Muslim faith and has become an imam that embraces gender equality, gay rights and interfaith marriage.
Saudi Arabia may be the only country where women aren't allowed to drive, but it’s not the only place where woman are forbidden from getting behind the wheel. It even happens in some communities in the US.
After a "Muhammad cartoon contest" came under attack over the weekend, Texas imam Omar Suleiman is glad he and other Muslim leaders urged their followers to leave the event alone. Ignoring extremists — both the anti-Muslim crowd and radical Islamists alike — is the best policy, he says.
The world, I think, would be a better place if we were all a bit more Canadian. Canadian niceness is pure, and untainted by the passive-aggressive undertones found in American niceness (have a good day, or else!). It’s also abundant. Canada is to niceness as Saudi Arabia is to oil. It’s awash in the stuff, and it’s about time, I say, the rest of the world imported some.
Some Muslims have had enough of being told they should apologize for violent Islamic extremists. After President Obama brought the subject up at the UN, many Muslims took to Twitter to sarcastically say "sorry" for everything from algebra to coffee to colorful hijabs.