Religion

Strongman vies with 'people's president' to lead Indonesia

Apr 16, 2019

About 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in a presidential election that will decide who leads a nation that's an outpost of democracy in a neighborhood of authoritarian governments

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

Report: Myanmar rebels kidnap civilians from police base

Apr 11, 2019

Myanmar state media report three people were killed and seven civilians abducted in an attack on a police installation that authorities blame on the Arakan Army rebel group

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

Thai border police killed by suspected insurgents in south

Apr 5, 2019

Police says two Border Patrol Police officers in southern Thailand have been killed while praying in a mosque in the latest violence believed linked to a Muslim separatist insurgency

UN rights agency condemns combat in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Apr 5, 2019

The main United Nations human rights agency has expressed concern about an upsurge in fighting between Myanmar's army and guerrillas of the Rakhine minority's Arakan Army, especially attacks on civilians by both sides

Indonesia president has big poll lead as election nears

Apr 5, 2019

Opinion surveys two weeks ahead of presidential and legislative elections show Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his ruling coalition maintaining a large lead over rivals

Malaysia urged to investigate police links to disappearances

Apr 4, 2019

Malaysia's human rights commission has urged the government to reinvestigate the disappearances of a Christian pastor and a Muslim activist after an inquiry concluded they were abducted by the police special branch for alleged proselytizing of Muslims

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei invokes Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, triggering international outcry

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