Religion

6 die in Indonesia riots; Widodo says he won't allow unrest

May 22, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election

US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet

May 20, 2019

U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad is making a rare visit to Tibet

Japan's emperor reports to Shinto gods week after succession

May 8, 2019

Japan's Emperor Naruhito has performed a Shinto ritual at the imperial palace to report to the gods the plans for the main ceremonies of his succession later this year

Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

May 6, 2019

Brunei's sultan says a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an outcry

Thai king celebrates coronation with spectacular parade

May 5, 2019

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May 4, 2019

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned in an elaborate centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr 19, 2019

Several Roman Catholic devotees have been nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering

Evangelical group says Laos deports 3 American missionaries

Apr 18, 2019

A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported

Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Apr 18, 2019

Emperor Akihito is praying at a shrine in western Japan in a ritual to report his abdication to Shinto gods

Indonesia's Widodo set for 2nd term as president

Apr 17, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results show, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto

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