Religion

US lawmakers urge export restrictions targeting Xinjiang

Sep 12, 2018

Two U.S. lawmakers are urging the extension of American export restrictions to prevent sales of equipment that could be used in China's massive security clampdown targeting the Xinjiang region's native Muslim population

China to regulate online religious activity amid crackdown

Sep 11, 2018

China's government is proposing new regulations on religious activity online amid an ongoing crackdown on churches, mosques and other institutions by the officially

Group: Officials destroying crosses, burning bibles in China

Sep 10, 2018

A group that monitors Christianity in China says the government is ratcheting up a crackdown on congregations in Beijing and several Chinese provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith

43 suspects in deadly Philippine bombings face criminal raps

Sep 10, 2018

The Philippine police chief says criminal complaints have been filed against 43 Muslim militants from two armed groups linked to the Islamic State group for two bomb attacks in the south, including a suspected suicide bombing that killed 11 people

Malaysian PM says public caning of lesbians tarnishes Islam

Sep 6, 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticized the public caning of two Muslim women for attempting to have sex, saying it tarnished Islam's reputation as a merciful and compassionate religion

World criticism doesn't have Suu Kyi or Myanmar on the ropes

Sep 6, 2018

Foreign concerns about Myanmar's nascent democracy and calls to hold the military to account for genocide are not likely to change Suu Kyi's course

Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes

Sep 5, 2018

A district in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops

Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

Sep 3, 2018

Two women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex have been caned in a rare public whipping in northeastern Malaysia

Asian Games stir Indonesia's pride, boost Jokowi's campaign

Sep 3, 2018

Indonesia's success in hosting and competing at the Asian Games has swelled national pride, boosted the re-election campaign of President Joko Widodo, and positively highlighted diversity in the Muslim-majority nation

China rejects US lawmakers' sanctions call over Muslim camps

Aug 30, 2018

China says U.S. lawmakers are wasting taxpayer money by urging President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in the far west

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