Religion

Long wait has ended in Japan for execution of cult leader

Jul 6, 2018

Japanese are expressing a sense of relief that the day finally came for the execution of the convicted leader of a doomsday cult

The Latest: Japanese minister calls cult's crimes heinous

Jul 6, 2018

Japan's justice minister says she approved the executions of a cult leader and six of his followers because of the seriousness of their crimes and the pain they caused

Japan cult leader behind gas attack, followers are executed

Jul 6, 2018

Doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara and six followers have been executed for their roles in a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subways and other crimes

Japanese media report several followers of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult also executed over deadly attacks.

Jul 6, 2018

Japanese media report several followers of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult also executed over deadly attacks.

Media reports say Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, mastermind of deadly Tokyo subway gassing, is executed

Jul 6, 2018

Media reports say Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, mastermind of deadly Tokyo subway gassing, is executed

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

Kirin investigates if donations went to Myanmar's forces

Jun 15, 2018

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether any of its donations went to Myanmar's military, accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims

Filipino Muslims mark Eid in ruins of war-torn Marawi

Jun 15, 2018

Muslim residents of a southern Philippine city devastated by last year's bloody militant siege are celebrating Eid al-Fitr holiday in gunfire-riddled mosques and praying in tent shelters

Priest fatally shot at altar of Philippine Catholic church

Jun 11, 2018

Philippine police say two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he prepared to celebrate Mass at the altar of a chapel in a northern town, in the country's latest deadly attack on a priest

China steps up 'training' of Tibetan clergy, officials

Jun 6, 2018

Chinese authorities are ramping up political indoctrination among Tibetan Buddhist clergy and officials in charge of religious affairs as part of a campaign to strengthen the ruling Communist Party's grip on religion