Jakarta's ex-governor Ahok freed from Indonesian prison

The former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok," was released from prison Thursday after spending nearly two years behind bars on blasphemy charges. Accordi...

Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday after serving nearly...

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate...

Poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, ...

Indonesia’s Banda Aceh city bans New Year's Eve celebrations citing Islamic law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New Year’s Eve revelers are advised to stay away from Banda Aceh, the capital city of Indonesia’s Aceh province, as a ban on all NYE celebrations was recently ...

Muslim preachers help Kosovo women learn, win their rights

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — There's a widespread tradition among many Muslims that it's better for women to pray at home than in the mosque. But in Kosovo, an old Ottoman-era tradition is bucking that tre...

China under fire in UN periodic human rights review today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 31st session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) commenced yesterday with an examination of the human rights conditions in Saudi Arabia and Senegal, ...

A look at Pakistan's blasphemy law over the years

A series of anti-blasphemy measures introduced in Pakistan in the 1980s made it illegal to insult Islam. People have been accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, tearing pages of ...

Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders cancels Muhammad cartoon contest

Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Thursday canceled a planned Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition, which had angered Muslims and prompted criticism at home over the provocative idea. Wild...

Prosecutors say boy denied medication at New Mexico compound

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged the father and stepmother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at a ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico with child abuse charges that can...

Satellite photos show China working in overdrive expanding internment camp for Uighurs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Satellite images were posted in a Wall Street Journal article on Aug. 17 of before and after satellite images showing an internment camp in Xinjiang holding ethnic Uighurs dram...

Defendants arrested at New Mexico compound to be released

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities'...

Tunisian leader vows to submit inheritance rights draft soon

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi says he will submit a bill to parliament soon aimed at giving women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate rages over a topic reverbera...

Tunisian fundamentalists protest report on sexual equality

BARDO, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists have held an hours-long protest in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality. ...

After prison release, Palestinian teen considers law study

NABI SALEH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who became an international symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation after slapping two soldiers, walked out of an Israeli prison Sun...