Religious Issues

The Latest: Official: Malaysia fire victims were to move out

Sep 14, 2017

Malaysian Islamic school principal says dormitory razed by fire was a temporary boarding house because the main school building was under renovation

Myanmar faces anger from Muslim world over Rohingya plight

Sep 4, 2017

A Nobel laureate and Muslim nations in Asia criticized Myanmar's persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority as thousands in Indonesia and elsewhere staged angry protests against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.

Indonesia president: Spread wealth, protect diversity

Aug 16, 2017

Indonesia's president vows a fairer distribution of the nation's wealth and a renewed commitment to protecting diversity after tense months marked by religious tensions

Islamic school seeks to steer sons of militants to new path

Aug 2, 2017

A former Islamic militant in Indonesia who says he regrets his past has opened up a school for the children of extremists with the hope of steering them away from the paths of their fathers

Indonesia lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram

Aug 1, 2017

Indonesia's information technology minister says the government will allow the encrypted messaging app Telegram to continue operating in Indonesia because it's taking steps to block "negative" content

President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

May 25, 2017

Indonesia's president has ordered a thorough investigation of the network behind two suicide bombings that targeted police in the capital and killed three police officers

2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

May 23, 2017

Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province have been publicly caned dozens of times for consensual gay sex, a punishment rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture"

Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning

May 17, 2017

A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining country's moderate image

Vigils held for Christian politician imprisoned in Indonesia

May 12, 2017

The imprisonment of a Christian politician for blaspheming Islam has triggered an outpouring of anger and support around Indonesia

Prosecutors seek caning for gay couple in Indonesia's Aceh

May 10, 2017

Shariah prosecutors in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province are seeking 80 lashes for two men that vigilantes accused of having gay sex

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