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IT IS not known what prompted the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) publicly to announce a U-turn in the blasphemy law.
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On Monday, the Abu Sayyaf terror group made good on their threat to behead one of the three foreign hostages they kidnapped in a posh resort in the southern Philippines last year.
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The influential Buddhist monk U Thuzana has erected by force two pagodas in the last two weeks on land belonging to an Anglican church in Karen State in southeastern Burma.
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Opposition and anger have been growing among extremist Buddhist nationalists and monks against a newly installed vice president in Burma, Henry Van Thio.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China fully respected religious freedom.
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As the Philippine presidential elections heat up on a host of controversies, the winner is more likely than ever to guide the nation into a conversation on same-sex marriage.
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Ten Indonesian seamen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf on the high seas in March were freed by their captors on Sunday.
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At least 15 Filipino penitents were nailed to the cross on Good Friday, an annual Holy Week ritual that has attracted thousands of people, including foreign tourists.
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Yazidi boys appear to be part of broader efforts by Islamic State to create a new generation of fighters loyal to the group's ideology and inured to its extreme violence.
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Brian J. Grim, president of Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, on how religious freedom affects business and economy, in the context of China and India.
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