Closed caskets, empty chairs at funeral home in virus center

NEW YORK (AP) — The caskets are often closed these days, the chairs for mourners largely empty at the Gerard J. Neufeld Inc. funeral home. But the work doesn't stop, not at the funer...

Vietnam dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do dies at 91

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thich Quang Do, a Buddhist monk who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the Communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 2...

Vice President-elect William Lai’s US solo trip drives Taiwan forward

Vice President-elect William Lai became a hot property during his stay in the United States in February. He visited the country in the capacity of a private citizen, but was invited by Ambassador at L...

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some...

Year-end violence highlights danger of worshipping

NEW YORK (AP) — When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and a gunman fired on worshippers at a Texas church 14 hours later, the two congregati...

U.S., India hold strategic talks as domestic crises distract

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper were meeting with their Indian counterparts Wednesday for strategic and security talks as both countries deal with dom...

Curfew relaxed in India's violence-hit northeastern state

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Authorities relaxed curfew for six hours on Friday in violence-wracked parts of India's northeastern state of Assam but shut schools until next week as protests continued against...

Thousands protest Indian citizenship bill excluding Muslims

GAUHATI, India (AP) — More than 1,000 students marched Friday in India’s northeast against a bill approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from...

Buddhist nationalists claim victory in Sri Lankan election

In this mountain city that was for centuries home to Sri Lanka’s kings and in recent years has been riven by religious violence, Buddhist nationalists are rejoicing the election of the country&r...

Buddhist nationalists claim victory in Sri Lankan election

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) — In this mountain city that was for centuries home to Sri Lanka’s kings and in recent years has been riven by religious violence, Buddhist nationalists are rejoicing the electio...

Sri Lankan leader appoints Cabinet, swears in brother as PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s new president has appointed a 15-member interim Cabinet including his brother as prime minister. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected l...

Pope turns attention to needs of Thai church, young people

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis is tending to the needs of the small Catholic flock in Thailand, meeting with priests, nuns and bishops from across Asia to encourage them to spread the faith as their miss...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Pope Francis called Thursday for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of meetings in Thailand, where human trafficking and forced pro...

The Latest: Pope commits Church to work with Thai Buddhists

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand and Japan (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to working more...

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Monday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, part of a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak a...