Religious Issues

Indonesia's Widodo tells AP he'll push economy, labor reform

Jul 26, 2019

Indonesia's president is vowing to push sweeping economic reforms, saying he will not have political constraints in his final term in office

Indonesia leader meets defeated rival after divisive poll

Jul 13, 2019

Indonesia's president and his defeated election rival met for the first time since the divisive April poll, signaling a calming of political tensions in the world's third-largest democracy

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

Jun 11, 2019

Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, but over the past decade and a half has repurposed its militia into a force that's often first to help in times of disaster

Challenge to Indonesia vote makes big claims, weak on proof

May 29, 2019

The court challenge to Indonesia's presidential election from the losing candidate claims the police, intelligence agency and other state institutions were biased in favor of the incumbent, but its evidence for fraud is mainly printouts of news articles

6 die in Indonesia riots; Widodo says he won't allow unrest

May 22, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election

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

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

Malaysia won't join ICC over pressure from Muslim opposition

Apr 6, 2019

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is withdrawing from after coming under pressure from the majority Muslim opposition

Malaysia urged to investigate police links to disappearances

Apr 4, 2019

Malaysia's human rights commission has urged the government to reinvestigate the disappearances of a Christian pastor and a Muslim activist after an inquiry concluded they were abducted by the police special branch for alleged proselytizing of Muslims

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei invokes Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, triggering international outcry

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