Religion

Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Apr 15, 2018

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it is not yet safe for them to return home

Indonesia's Aceh to take caning indoors after backlash

Apr 13, 2018

Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law to be done in public, following international condemnation of the caning of two men for gay sex that damaged Indonesia's moderate image

Myanmar court refuses to dismiss charges against journalists

Apr 11, 2018

A Myanmar court has refused to dismiss a case against two Reuters journalists after the reporters' lawyers insisted last week that the evidence doesn't support the charges

Myanmar military members get prison after Rohingya slayings

Apr 10, 2018

Myanmar's military says it has sentenced seven personnel to 10 years in prison and hard labor as alleged accomplices in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims

Scandal-hit Malaysian PM calls elections, expected in May

Apr 6, 2018

Malaysia's prime minister says Parliament will be dissolved Saturday, paving the way for general elections expected to be held next month that will put his long-ruling coalition with a revived opposition led by former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.

Myanmar groups say Facebook hasn't controlled hate speech

Apr 6, 2018

Civil society and rights groups in Myanmar say Facebook has failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incites violence against the country's Muslim minority

Malaysia set to intercept boat said to be carrying Rohingya

Apr 2, 2018

An expert on the plight of Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority says the sighting of boat people said to be seeking refuge in Malaysia does not portend a new exodus by sea, as Malaysia says it has stepped up patrols to intercept the vessel

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Mar 30, 2018

Seven Filipino Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, have been nailed to crosses in a Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ's sufferings that was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned upon by church leaders

Freed Filipino priest says airstrikes routed IS extremists

Mar 23, 2018

A Filipino Roman Catholic priest taken hostage last year by Islamic State group-linked militants says military airstrikes helped crush an extremist siege, but that a Muslim autonomy deal is crucial in preventing new bloodshed

Bali's Day of Silence shuts airport, clears beaches, streets

Mar 17, 2018

Normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island

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