Religious Issues

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

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

Indonesia's Aceh considers beheading as penalty for murder

Mar 15, 2018

The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh known for publicly caning gays, adulterers and gamblers is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder

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