Religion

As China, Vatican talk, bishop's fate shows party's power

Mar 31, 2018

Bishop's forced exile comes as Vatican, China seek historic deal to unite country's Catholics for first time in decades

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Mar 30, 2018

Seven Filipino Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, have been nailed to crosses in a Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ's sufferings that was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned upon by church leaders

Freed Filipino priest says airstrikes routed IS extremists

Mar 23, 2018

A Filipino Roman Catholic priest taken hostage last year by Islamic State group-linked militants says military airstrikes helped crush an extremist siege, but that a Muslim autonomy deal is crucial in preventing new bloodshed

Bali's Day of Silence shuts airport, clears beaches, streets

Mar 17, 2018

Normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island

New China 'crime' crackdown targets threats to party rule

Mar 16, 2018

Tibetan activists, housing petitioners and other campaigners are targets of China's newly begun crackdown against so-called organized crime

Ethnic Uighurs protest Chinese security crackdown

Mar 16, 2018

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group are protesting a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of people into detention and political indoctrination centers

Indonesia's Aceh considers beheading as penalty for murder

Mar 15, 2018

The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh known for publicly caning gays, adulterers and gamblers is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder

Myanmar says UN findings on human rights lack credibility

Mar 13, 2018

Myanmar's government has rejected two reports presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council that concluded it committed extreme human rights violations, probably amounting to crimes under international law, in its repression of several minority groups

Bali to shush social media for Day of Silence

Mar 13, 2018

Bali's annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense

Philippine police say Arab militant suspect won't be freed

Mar 9, 2018

Philippine police say an alleged former commander of the Islamic State group in Syria who was arrested in Manila will not be freed even after a prosecutor dropped criminal complaints of illegal possession of explosives against him

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