Social Issues

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

The Latest: Indonesia leader calls for unity after election

Apr 17, 2019

Both candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have addressed supporters after preliminary results showed President Joko Widodo leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by about 10 points

Evangelical group says 3 US volunteers detained in Laos

Apr 13, 2019

A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers have been detained in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos

Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

Apr 12, 2019

The Philippine military says 12 Abu Sayyaf militants have been killed in clashes as army troops pressed an offensive in a southern province after the extremists were blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral

4 dead, 2 missing in China aluminum ore train derailment

Apr 11, 2019

Chinese authorities say four people are dead and two more missing after a train carrying aluminum ore derailed in a central province

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr 11, 2019

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests

China says trade talks with US 'moving forward'

Apr 11, 2019

China says trade talks with the U.S. are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken financial markets and darkened the world economic outlook

Hong Kong protest organizers free on bail before sentencing

Apr 10, 2019

A Hong Kong court has extended bail for 9 pro-democracy protest organizers awaiting sentencing for public nuisance convictions over the 2014 umbrella movement demonstrations

9 leaders of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests found guilty

Apr 9, 2019

A Hong Kong court has found nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations guilty on public nuisance and other charges

Malaysia won't join ICC over pressure from Muslim opposition

Apr 6, 2019

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is withdrawing from after coming under pressure from the majority Muslim opposition

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