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Floods recede north of Thailand’s capital

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — The government expressed confidence Sunday that Bangkok will escape Thailand’s worst flooding in decades, as the capital’s elaborate barriers held strong and floodwaters began receding from submerged plains to the north. Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut said the largest mass of runoff water flowing southward had passed …

Become a monk or Muslim for a month | Gadling.com

If you really want to “go local” on your next vacation, have you considered changing your religion? A new program in Turkey offers guests a chance to be Muslim for a month in order to foster cultural awareness. The term month is used loosely – guests can choose from nine- …