Religion

Philippines to extradite priest accused of molesting US boys

Nov 22, 2017

An official says the Philippine government is preparing to extradite to the United States a recently arrested Filipino Catholic priest who faces charges of sexually molesting two boys in North Dakota churches in the 1990s

China widens personality cult around 'unrivaled helmsman' Xi

Nov 22, 2017

Entering his second term as Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping sits at the helm of China's most lavish cult of personality since the founder of the People's Republic, Mao Zedong

Philippine court convicts bomber in congressman's death

Nov 18, 2017

A Philippine court has convicted a man of multiple murder for a 2007 motorcycle bomb attack that killed a Muslim rebel-turned-congressman and three other people

Rights group: Militants, troops violated law in Marawi siege

Nov 17, 2017

Amnesty International says it has documented violations of humanitarian law, some amounting to war crimes, during the conflict between Philippine government troops and Islamic State-allied militants in Marawi

India calls for joint action in addressing violent extremism

Nov 14, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for joint action with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations against terrorism and violent extremism

UN chief raises alarm over Rohingya in speech before Suu Kyi

Nov 14, 2017

The United Nations chief has expressed alarm over the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in a humanitarian crisis he says can cause regional instability and radicalization

Watchdog urges Asian summits to address rights crises

Nov 9, 2017

Human Rights Watch urges world leaders converging for annual summits in Southeast Asia to address the region's human rights crises

Myanmar envoy denies genocide against Rohingya Muslims

Oct 12, 2017

Myanmar's ambassador to Japan says there is no ethnic cleansing or genocide of Rohingya Muslims in his country despite violence that has led a half million of them to flee the country

Filipino protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte

Sep 21, 2017

Thousands of protesters mark the anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody anti-drug crackdown

Rescued Filipino priest talks of need for religious harmony

Sep 18, 2017

For more than 100 days, Catholic priest Teresito Soganub's life was threatened by every airstrike, gunshot and artillery bombardment that targeted his Islamic State group-aligned captors in the southern Philippines