Religion

Videos of alleged Muslim riot in China spark online outcry

Sep 5, 2017

Chinese internet users have flooded government social media accounts with thousands of angry anti-Islamic comments after unverified videos surfaced online showing an apparent riot by members of a Muslim minority in a northern city

Efforts to mend China-Vatican rift seem stalled over bishops

Sep 1, 2017

The Vatican's efforts to heal a decades-long rift with China appear to have stalled, with each unwilling to accept controversial bishops appointed by the other

Chinese Communist officials to run Tibetan Buddhism center

Aug 25, 2017

China has appointed Communist Party and government officials to manage one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, raising concerns over strengthened ideological control over religion

Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killings

Aug 20, 2017

Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines will ring bells every night for three months to raise alarm over a renewed police crackdown that has left more than 80 drug and crime suspects dead in just a week

Japan's defense chief quits over alleged document cover-up

Jul 28, 2017

Japan's beleaguered defense minister has resigned over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's scandal-ridden government.

Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-up

Jul 27, 2017

Reports say Japan's unpopular defense minister, a protege of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will step down in connection with an alleged cover-up of military documents

Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

Jul 22, 2017

The Philippine Congress has approved the president's appeal for martial law in the country's south to be extended to the end of the year, in a boost to a massive offensive aimed at quelling a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants

AP Interview: Filipino rebel refuses to broker for militants

Jul 19, 2017

AP Interview: The leader of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group says he refused to broker the withdrawal of Islamic State-linked militants from Marawi city because the president won't negotiate with terrorists

Philippines' Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law

Jul 18, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year, saying the rebellion there will not be quelled by July 22, the end of his 60-day martial law proclamation

Philippine rebels: Peace pact 'best antidote' for extremism

Jul 17, 2017

The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group says a peace accord it's trying to implement with the government is "the best antidote" for violent extremism exemplified by a bloody siege of a southern city by Islamic State group-aligned militants