Religion

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep 13, 2019

Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country

US priest who gave out gifts in Philippines accused of abuse

Sep 9, 2019

The arrest of a Catholic priest has deeply shaken the Philippine village where he lived and revealed how allegations of sex crimes by priests are still ignored in one of the world's most Catholic countries

China ban on some textbooks seen aimed at Uighur culture

Aug 27, 2019

Detained textbook editor illustrates how even Uighurs who toed the China's party line have been rebranded enemies of the state amid a sprawling system of surveillance and detention in Xinjiang

Malaysia: Myanmar must be accountable for Rohingya to return

Jul 30, 2019

Malaysia's foreign ministry says Myanmar's government must pursue justice for alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority so hundreds of thousands who fled a brutal military crackdown can return safely

China governor defends controversial re-education centers

Jul 30, 2019

The governor of China's far-northwestern region of Xinjiang is defending controversial re-education centers opened across the region as an effective deterrent against terrorism and religious extremism

Indonesia's Widodo tells AP he'll push economy, labor reform

Jul 26, 2019

Indonesia's president is vowing to push sweeping economic reforms, saying he will not have political constraints in his final term in office

Indonesia leader meets defeated rival after divisive poll

Jul 13, 2019

Indonesia's president and his defeated election rival met for the first time since the divisive April poll, signaling a calming of political tensions in the world's third-largest democracy

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

Jun 11, 2019

Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, but over the past decade and a half has repurposed its militia into a force that's often first to help in times of disaster

Challenge to Indonesia vote makes big claims, weak on proof

May 29, 2019

The court challenge to Indonesia's presidential election from the losing candidate claims the police, intelligence agency and other state institutions were biased in favor of the incumbent, but its evidence for fraud is mainly printouts of news articles

China deploys Confucius in bid to boost religion controls

May 28, 2019

China has begin five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage's hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control through a process of sinicization

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