The Christian Science Monitor : 2019-02-11

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A WEEKLY GLOBAL ROUNDUP Compiled by Anna Tarnow / Staff REUTERS A DEVOTEE HAS HER HAIR CUT BY A WOMAN BUDDHIST MONK AT A MONASTERY IN THAILAND. THAILAND GERMANY An increasing number of Thai women are becoming Buddhist monks in defiance of a rule from 1928. A foundation is using Nazi inheritances to help fund Jewish projects. Women can become Buddhist nuns in Thailand, but some would prefer to become monks, in pursuit of what is perceived as a more rigorous spiritual path. And while women are prohibited from becoming monks in Thailand, they can be officially ordained in nearby nations such as Sri Lanka or India, and then return home. Currently, there are around 270 women monks in the country. Some live at an unrecognized women’s monastery near Bangkok, which also ordains women as Buddhist novices. Today, there are several foundations that identify works of art and other valuable goods stolen by Nazis from Jewish people during World War II. But the Zurueckgeben foundation is helping Germans notice how common it is for families today to also own everyday items that were acquired as a result of Jewish persecution. The foundation accepts donations of goods and money that it uses to help community-building projects run by Jewish women. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS AUSTRALIA Melbourne has become the first Australian city to power all city infrastructure with renewable energy sources. The facilities include streetlights, libraries, gyms, and childcare centers. While some residents were concerned about the expense of the transition, the city has been able to come out on top of costs by leveraging the savings from increased energy efficiency. Other cities in Australia, such as Victoria, are also making great strides on hitting clean energy targets. A CYCLIST RIDES NEAR MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. AP THE GUARDIAN PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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