Religion And Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

Apr 21, 2018

A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued off Indonesia in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nearly nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia

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

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