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Protest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Protesters in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state demonstrated Sunday against the planned repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, referring to them as "runaway refugees".

Report: Religious freedom at risk in one of five countries

Religious freedom is under threat in one of every five nations around the globe, in part because of an increase in “aggressive ultranationalism”, a Catholic NGO said in a report Thursday.
Chinese authorities have detained a Catholic Bishop Pietro Shao Zhumin for resisting demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body.

Chinese authorities detain Catholic Bishop Pietro Zhumin

Chinese authorities have detained a Catholic Bishop Pietro Shao Zhumin for resisting demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body.
Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka, without Prime Minister, cabinet, grinds to political halt

Sri Lanka appeared to be politically rudderless on Thursday as the Speaker of Parliament declared there was no functioning Prime Minister or cabinet after a no-confidence vote the previous day.
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Indonesia jails Christian for ‘insulting’ Islam on Facebook

An Indonesian Christian has been sentenced to four years in prison for a Facebook post that likened the prophet Muhammad to a pig in the latest conviction under a controversial hate-speech law.

Suicide bombers attack churches, kill nine, injure many

A wave of blasts, including a suicide bombing, struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others in the deadliest attack in years to strike the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.

Myanmar’s Buddhists ‘lured’ to settle on Rohingya land

Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist but with some Christians, Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim-majority Rohingya, officials said Monday.

US evangelical following still high as champion Billy Graham honored

As the Reverend Billy Graham lies in honor in the US Capitol, the wave of evangelical Christianity launched by "America's Pastor" is rolling along while other branches of the Christian faith have been bleeding followers.

Police shoot man during sword attack on church

Indonesian police have shot a sword-wielding man who attacked church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people including a priest.

Sri Lanka activists fight ban on women buying booze

Sri Lanka rights activists Tuesday asked the island’s top court to reject a presidential order that restored a decades-old ban on women buying or selling alcohol, calling the move discriminatory.

Pope urges world to act on Rohingya refugee crisis

Pope Francis called Thursday for "decisive" international action on the Rohingya refugee crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary after fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Rohingya militants deny Myanmar army claims of Hindu massacre

Rohingya militants on Wednesday denied the Myanmar army's allegations that they had massacred scores of Hindu villagers, whose bodies soldiers displayed to the press after exhuming them from mass graves in northern Rakhine state.

Hindus recount massacre in Myanmar as mass graves unearthed

Rika Dhar watched as her husband, two brothers and countless neighbours were brutally hacked to death with machetes by masked men who stormed their Hindu village in western Myanmar and frogmarched the terrified inhabitants to the hills.

Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast

Myanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning.

Britain suspends Myanmar military training

Britain said Tuesday it had suspended its educational training courses for the Myanmar military due to the ethnic violence in Rakhine state.

High stakes in Myanmar as Suu Kyi to address Rohingya crisis

As Rakhine state burns and Rohingya flee, Aung San Suu Kyi is preparing to address Myanmar on the crisis for the first time -- a high wire act seeking to soothe global outrage without baiting an army that is again showing its teeth.

Suu Kyi and Myanmar face chorus of anger over Rohingya crisis

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and Muslim countries in Asia led a growing chorus of criticism on Monday aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Food aid suspended as Myanmar state sinks deeper into violence

The World Food Programme has suspended food aid in Myanmar's violence-scorched Rakhine State, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands -- both Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists -- on the move.

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Sudanese protesters from the city of Atbara, sitting atop a train, arrive at the Bahari station in Khartoum on April 23, 2019. – The passengers, who had travelled from the town of Atbara where the first protest against ousted president Omar al-Bashir erupted on December 19, chanted “freedom, peace, justice”. Many protesters perched on the roof of the train, waving Sudanese flags as it chugged through north Khartoum’s Bahari railway station before winding its way to the protest site, an AFP photographer said. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Sudan protesters vow more action in demand for civilian government

Sudanese protest leaders raised the pressure on the country’s army rulers on Wednesday, threatening a general strike and calling for a million-strong march to demand a civilian government.
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Unai Emery: Why Arsenal lost 3-1 to Wolves

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has admitted his team did not create enough chances, as they lost 3-1 to Wolves on Wednesday night.

House of Reps moves to probe $27 billion oil revenue loss to IOCs

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to probe the $27 billion oil revenue loss to international oil companies since 1999 till date.

FIFA bans eight players, agent for life over match-fixing

FIFA issued eight-lifetime bans to current and former players and an agent on Wednesday after they were found guilty of match manipulation.
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Peter Obi: Why youth development must be taken seriously

Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on government at all levels to take issues concerning the youth seriously.