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

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

Myanmar court sentences Reuters reporters to 7 years in jail

Sep 3, 2018

A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison on charges of illegal possession of official documents

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

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others to stop hate

Aug 28, 2018

Facebook is banning Myanmar's military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation after being accused of permitting itself to be used to inflame ethnic conflict

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

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

Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise convicted of blasphemy

Aug 21, 2018

An Indonesian court has sentenced a woman who complained about a noisy mosque to 18 months in prison for blasphemy

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