Religion

China orders crackdown on large outdoor religious statues

May 26, 2018

China ruling Communist Party has ordered local government to better regulate the construction of large outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression of all kinds

4 shot dead in attack on Indonesia police; officer killed

May 16, 2018

Indonesian police have shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

May 16, 2018

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory

Family photo becomes new picture of militancy in Indonesia

May 15, 2018

A photo of an Indonesian family appears to show happiness, but has become the country's new picture of militancy after the family, including its four children, launched suicide attacks on three Christian churches

Indonesian family that bombed churches well off, friendly

May 15, 2018

The Muslim family that carried out suicide attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city lived comfortably in an upper-middle class suburb and was on friendly terms with a Christian neighbor

Police: Indonesia suicide bombings work of 2 families

May 15, 2018

An Indonesian family brought its 7-year-old daughter to a suicide bomb attack it launched on the police headquarters in the country's second-largest city, authorities said, a day after members of another family conducted coordinated suicide bombings

The Latest: UN chief condemns Indonesia church attacks

May 14, 2018

The United Nations secretary-general has condemned the suicide bombings of three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya

Police: Members of a family bombed 3 Indonesian churches

May 13, 2018

Police say suicide bombers who carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city were a family that included two young children

Muslim scholars: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles

May 12, 2018

Muslim scholars from three countries have issued an edict saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end their violence

Philippine ambassador expelled by Kuwait returns home

May 2, 2018

A Philippine ambassador expelled by Kuwait, which protested the rescue of abused Filipina housemaids in the Persian Gulf country as an affront to its sovereignty, has returned home

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