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Pakistan minister deletes tweet containing Macron Nazi jibe

November 22, 2020 11:39 PM

France had demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw the comments posted on Twitter by Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights.

Temple kissing scenes stir trouble for Netflix India

November 22, 2020 9:38 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - An Indian state on Sunday (Nov 22) asked police to investigate after a member of the country's ruling party objected to scenes in the Netflix series A Suitable Boy, in which a Hindu girl kisses a Muslim boy against the backdrop of a Hindu temple.

Thai monks ordered not to join protests

November 11, 2020 10:08 PM

More than 90 per cent of Thais are Buddhists and religion has traditionally been seen as one of the pillars of Thai society.

Hard slog ahead for Suu Kyi's party which is expected to win again in Myanmar election

November 01, 2020 6:06 PM

BANGKOK - Yangon residents have been holed up at home in the run-up to Myanmar's Nov 8 general election because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Korean Jehovah's Witnesses begin prison work terms

October 26, 2020 5:07 PM

DAEJEON, SOUTH KOREA (AFP) - Dozens of South Korean Jehovah's Witnesses in suits and ties lined up to enter a prison on Monday (Oct 26) - to begin training as administrators, rather than the jail terms they used to face as conscientious objectors.

South Korea offers alternative to military conscription

October 25, 2020 12:03 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - As a devout Jehovah's Witness Jang Kyung-jin was ready to be jailed rather than serve in South Korea's military. After a landmark court ruling he will be heading for prison on Monday (Nov 2) - but as a civilian administrator, not a convict.

Jewellery ad featuring interfaith couple sparks outrage in India

October 14, 2020 6:47 AM

NEW DELHI (NYTIMES) - An Indian jewellery brand withdrew an advertisement featuring an interfaith couple after Hindu nationalists accused the company of "love jihad", a pejorative used to describe marriage between Muslim men and Hindu women in India.

Lockdown tests faith in coronavirus-hit Philippines

October 10, 2020 12:25 PM

MANILA (AFP) - After months of livestreaming mass to millions of faithful from behind closed doors, churches in the Catholic-majority Philippines are beginning to reopen.

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