Taiwan significantly improves rights for Muslims: U.S. religion report

Taiwan has made "significant" progress in improving the rights enjoyed by Muslims, according to the 2018 International Religious Freedom report released by the U.S. Department of State on Fr...

Elaborate pageantry and ritual of Thai king's coronation

BANGKOK (AP) — The official coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is also known as Rama X, involves months of rituals that will culminate in three days of elaborate pageantry, includi...

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war. A look at a tr...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence si...

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A series of blasts in and outside Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war. Here is a ...

Fo Guang Shan monks in southern Taiwan pledge Notre Dame assistance

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fo Guang Shan Monastery (佛光山寺) in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City has offered to help with the reconstruction of Notre Dame in “numerous ways,” accordin...

Cambodian 'monk' accused of sexual assault, profiteering in N. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A self-professed "monk" from Cambodia, faces deportation after being charged by over a dozen women with sexual assault and profiting from his religious teachings. ...

Video shows Taiwanese Buddhist master twirl 150 times before vomiting

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Yesterday (Feb. 12) a Buddhist master performed an impressive 150 turns over the course of nearly four minutes at a temple in central Taiwan; unfortunately, she also lost her l...

Thailand: Suspected Muslim rebels storm temple, kill monks

Thailand's military leader and prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Saturday vowed to "punish" those responsible for storming a Buddhist temple near Malaysia's border, killing two mon...

Prince Naruhito's enthronement: Japanese groups oppose use of state funds

Crown Prince Naruhito, the 58-year-old first son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, is due to assume the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1 next year, one day after his father abdicates. Around 120 p...

Buddhist guru declares he's 'Chinese from Taiwan'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After Taiwan's 'bread master' Wu Pao-chun (吳寶春) found himself in hot water for saying he was "proud of being Chinese," a famous Buddhist master has weighe...

Yellow, green, saffron: Colors of protests around the world

When you're an activist looking for a way to convey a complex message in a complicated world, you need a hook — something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresti...

Taiwanese Buddhist monk caught doing drugs, throwing sex parties

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- News has surfaced of a Buddhist monk in western Taiwan caught breaking every monastic vow in the book, including allegedly taking drugs, filming pornographic videos, and throwi...

AP Explains: The latest in Sri Lanka's political crisis

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lankan is in the midst of a political crisis set off by the president's decisions to remove the South Asian island nation's prime minister, dissolve Parliament and call snap elect...

Police open probe into sexual misconduct claims against monk

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the #metoo movement's gr...