Religion

The Latest: UN chief condemns Indonesia church attacks

May 14, 2018

The United Nations secretary-general has condemned the suicide bombings of three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya

Police: Members of a family bombed 3 Indonesian churches

May 13, 2018

Police say suicide bombers who carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city were a family that included two young children

Muslim scholars: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles

May 12, 2018

Muslim scholars from three countries have issued an edict saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end their violence

Philippine ambassador expelled by Kuwait returns home

May 2, 2018

A Philippine ambassador expelled by Kuwait, which protested the rescue of abused Filipina housemaids in the Persian Gulf country as an affront to its sovereignty, has returned home

Myanmar policeman who testified about entrapment is punished

Apr 30, 2018

A police officer in Myanmar who testified that he was ordered to help entrap two Reuters journalists investigating abuses by security forces against the Muslim Rohingya minority has been punished under police regulations

Philippines makes ban on workers going to Kuwait permanent

Apr 30, 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says a ban on Filipino workers from heading to Kuwait that's been in effect since February will now be permanent

Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

Apr 21, 2018

A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued off Indonesia in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nearly nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

Apr 16, 2018

The American family of a prominent Chinese Christian pastor is asking for leniency after he was sentenced to prison for missionary work as the atheist ruling Communist Party exerts greater control over believers

Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Apr 15, 2018

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it is not yet safe for them to return home

Indonesia's Aceh to take caning indoors after backlash

Apr 13, 2018

Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law to be done in public, following international condemnation of the caning of two men for gay sex that damaged Indonesia's moderate image

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