Religion

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

Myanmar military members get prison after Rohingya slayings

Apr 10, 2018

Myanmar's military says it has sentenced seven personnel to 10 years in prison and hard labor as alleged accomplices in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims

Scandal-hit Malaysian PM calls elections, expected in May

Apr 6, 2018

Malaysia's prime minister says Parliament will be dissolved Saturday, paving the way for general elections expected to be held next month that will put his long-ruling coalition with a revived opposition led by former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.

Myanmar groups say Facebook hasn't controlled hate speech

Apr 6, 2018

Civil society and rights groups in Myanmar say Facebook has failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incites violence against the country's Muslim minority

Missionaries at border spread Christianity to North Korea

Apr 5, 2018

Missionaries along China-North Korean border are engaged in dangerous work of spreading Christianity to North

China says bishop selection does not breach religious rights

Apr 3, 2018

China says restricting the Vatican's control over the appointment of Catholic bishops does not infringe upon Chinese believers' religious freedom

Malaysia set to intercept boat said to be carrying Rohingya

Apr 2, 2018

An expert on the plight of Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority says the sighting of boat people said to be seeking refuge in Malaysia does not portend a new exodus by sea, as Malaysia says it has stepped up patrols to intercept the vessel

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

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