Religion

Myanmar panel probing Rohingya crisis pledges independence

Aug 16, 2018

Members of a commission established by Myanmar's government to investigate human rights violations in western Rakhine state, where 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority fled brutal army operations, have pledged to be impartial

Indonesian president urges tolerance in annual speech

Aug 16, 2018

Indonesia's president urged the country to embrace its founding spirt of tolerance in an annual national address just days after choosing a divisive cleric as his running mate in elections next year

Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise on trial for blasphemy

Aug 14, 2018

Indonesian prosecutors are seeking an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers

Rebuilding mosques priority for devout on quake-hit Lombok

Aug 10, 2018

On Indonesia's earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters, but foremost in the minds of some is rebuilding the collapsed mosques that were the heart of their communities

Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

Aug 10, 2018

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has formally registered as a candidate in 2019 elections and has chosen a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate

Myanmar snubs Hague court's intervention in Rohingya crisis

Aug 10, 2018

Myanmar sharply rejected an attempt by the International Criminal Court to consider the country's culpability for activities that caused 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh for safety last year

The Latest: Indonesia survivor says many buried in mosque

Aug 7, 2018

A man who narrowly escaped from the Jabal Nur mosque that collapsed during the earthquake in Lombok on Sunday evening said there were about 100 people praying inside when the earthquake struck and though many got out, dozens were buried in the rubble

Duterte OKs bill creating Muslim autonomous region in south

Jul 27, 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed legislation creating a Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of unrest in the south, where troops crushed an Islamic State group-linked siege last year

Philippine rebel chief: 30,000 rebels to be disarmed in deal

Jul 24, 2018

The leader of the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines says 30,000 to 40,000 armed fighters will have to be "decommissioned" if an autonomy deal that is expected to be signed by the president is fully enforced

Row delays Duterte speech, rebel deal; Arroyo named speaker

Jul 24, 2018

Congress leadership row that delayed Philippine presidential address and Muslim rebel autonomy deal ends with impressive political comeback of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the former president sworn in as new House speaker

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