Religion

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

China: Tibetan students banned from religious activities

Jul 24, 2018

An official Chinese Communist Party newspaper says Tibetan children have been banned from taking part in religious activities over the summer holidays

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

After rescue, soccer boys pray for protection at Thai temple

Jul 19, 2018

The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave began their first day back home with their families by going to a Buddhist temple to pray for protection from misfortunes

Indonesia's Aceh carries out public canings despite pledge

Jul 13, 2018

Conservative Indonesian province publicly canes gay couple, others found guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out the punishment in public

Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid

Jul 9, 2018

Philippine Catholic bishops have called for fasting and prayers after the president called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision course with Asia's largest Catholic church

Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists

Jul 7, 2018

The Philippine president, who sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists

Malaysia investigates marriage of man to 11-year-old girl

Jul 2, 2018

Malaysia's deputy prime minister says authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim, including elements of possible "sexual grooming" in the case

Spirit of mythical princess looms over Thai cave crisis

Jun 28, 2018

Outside the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach are missing is a shrine to a mythical princess whose spirit is said to inhabit the caverns below

Philippine president slammed for calling God 'stupid'

Jun 25, 2018

The Philippine president, notorious for having cursed the pope and former U.S. President Barack Obama, has sparked outrage for calling God "stupid" in Asia's largest Catholic country

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