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...

Coronation this weekend will boost Thai king’s regal power

BANGKOK (AP) — After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing this weekend t...

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...

Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot's killing

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, anno...

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...

Greek court upholds monks' bomb convictions, trims sentences

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — An appeals court in the northern city of Thessaloniki has upheld the bombing convictions of a monk and the abbot of a 1,000-year-old monastery deemed schismatic by the Gree...

It's not too late to dive into 'Game of Thrones,' with help

NEW YORK (AP) — For seven seasons, you've ignored the lure of "Game of Thrones." The multiple awards didn't draw you in. Your friends debating plot twists each Sunday on social media didn't move you. ...

Water commotion: 2019 New Taipei City Water Festival set for April 14

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The 2019 New Taipei Water Festival, or “Songkran Festival,” will take place on Huaxin Street (華新街), April 14 (Sunday), according to New Taipei Cultural Affairs Depa...

Vietnam tells monks to stop profiting from karma rituals

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop "soul summoning" and "bad karma eviction" ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were ...

Italian monastery turns into hotbed of Bannon-fueled nationalism

For many, the decision to live in an all-but-abandoned 13th century monastery atop a mountain in a foreign country with no cell phone reception and only a grounds keeper, an octogenarian monk and 19 f...

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...