Religion

Muslims pray for strength in quake-hit Indonesian city

Oct 5, 2018

As the sun slipped behind the mountains and a gentle breeze blew onshore, hundreds of Muslims gathered on a beach to pray and remember those they lost, a week after a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged an Indonesian city and killed over 1,500 people.

Indonesia blasphemy woman endures cramped cell, bad food

Sep 27, 2018

A rights group says the Indonesian woman imprisoned for blasphemy after complaining about noise from a mosque is sharing a cramped cell with 16 other women and given "terrible" food

Indonesia presidential contenders vow peaceful campaign

Sep 23, 2018

Campaigning for Indonesia's presidential election officially began Sunday with the two contenders releasing white birds and vowing a peaceful race as concerns simmer the campaign will exploit religious and ethnic divides

Suu Kyi says handling of Rohingya could have been better

Sep 13, 2018

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says handling of its Muslim Rohingya minority could have been better

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

Myanmar rejects int'l court's right to Rohingya probe

Sep 7, 2018

Myanmar's government has rejected an International Criminal Court ruling that it has jurisdiction to investigate allegations that Myanmar security forces violated international law by driving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes

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

Wives of jailed Myanmar reporters shocked by verdicts

Sep 5, 2018

The wives of two Reuters journalists sentenced in Myanmar to seven years' imprisonment for possessing state secrets say they were shocked by the verdicts

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