Religion

Suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple, kill 2 monks

Jan 19, 2019

Police say gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents have stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others in what may be an effort to torpedo peace talks between the government and Muslim separatist groups

Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings

Jan 18, 2019

Indonesia's president says the ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison

Gunmen kill 4 volunteers guarding southern Thailand school

Jan 11, 2019

Gunmen disguised as state security personnel have fatally shot four paramilitary volunteers guarding a school in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand

Hong Kong Catholics mourn bishop amid political struggles

Jan 10, 2019

Hong Kong Catholics are mourning the loss of their bishop with a Mass amid a low-key struggle among clergy over reconciliation between the Vatican and Beijing

Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears

Jan 9, 2019

A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession Wednesday of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ despite terrorism fears and amid the president's attacks on the Catholic faith

Advocate of China-Vatican dialogue named Hong Kong bishop

Jan 7, 2019

Retired head of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has been named the church's interim administrator in the territory, effectively blocking the succession of the highest-ranking serving bishop known to be critical of Beijing

Japan's premier: New emperor's era to be announced April 1

Jan 4, 2019

Japan's prime minister confirmed in his New Year's news conference that the era name for the new emperor's reign will be disclosed April 1

Hui poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

Dec 28, 2018

A Muslim poet fears for his people as China clamps down on minorities and religion

Small bombs hit popular southern Thai beach, damaging statue

Dec 27, 2018

Police in Thailand are investigating two small bombs, one of which damaged an iconic statue on a popular beach in the country's south

The Latest: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless

Dec 25, 2018

The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured

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