Religion

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

China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing

Aug 30, 2018

Chinese authorities have blamed a rare public protest by Hui Muslims on local officials' recklessness, but they didn't settle the community's concerns a large mosque in the northwestern region would be razed

Catholic priest says life in danger for criticizing Duterte

Aug 27, 2018

A Roman Catholic priest who was one of the earliest critics of the Philippine president's deadly crackdown on drugs has gone into hiding due to what he says were signs he's being targeted by motorcycle-riding hitmen

China leader calls for 'anti-separatism efforts' in Tibet

Aug 27, 2018

A top Chinese leader has called for "advancing anti-separatism efforts" in Tibet, in a sign of continued high-pressure tactics in ruling the Himalayan region

Indonesia's main Muslim group criticizes blasphemy sentence

Aug 23, 2018

Indonesia's largest Muslim organization has criticized the blasphemy conviction and imprisonment of a Buddhist woman who complained that the call to prayer from her neighborhood mosque was too loud

Officials dismiss Indonesian principal behind jihad parade

Aug 23, 2018

Education officials have dismissed the principal of an Indonesian kindergarten after a video of veiled children carrying replica weapons in a street parade sparked an outcry in the world's most populous Muslim nation

Police probe sexual misconduct claims against Chinese monk

Aug 23, 2018

Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against a well-known Buddhist monk accused of harassing nuns

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