Religion

Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

May 6, 2019

Brunei's sultan says a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an outcry

Thai king celebrates coronation with spectacular parade

May 5, 2019

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May 4, 2019

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned in an elaborate centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr 19, 2019

Several Roman Catholic devotees have been nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering

Evangelical group says Laos deports 3 American missionaries

Apr 18, 2019

A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported

Indonesia's Widodo set for 2nd term as president

Apr 17, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results show, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto

The Latest: Indonesia leader calls for unity after election

Apr 17, 2019

Both candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have addressed supporters after preliminary results showed President Joko Widodo leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by about 10 points

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

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