Religion

Observers: India temple protest support a bid for votes

Oct 18, 2018

India's ruling party and the main opposition are both supporting a protest to keep females of menstruating age from entering one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in what some political observers say is a bid to shore up votes

Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism

Oct 18, 2018

Afghan woman candidate: Saturday's elections key to countering conservatism that stifles opportunities for women

Protesters stop females ages 10 to 50 from entering temple

Oct 17, 2018

An Indian temple and one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage centers has opened its doors to females of menstruating age to comply with a Supreme Court ruling, but hundreds of protesters fought with police to keep women out

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Oct 17, 2018

Iraq's soaring water pollution is threatening the religious rites of its tight-knit Mandaean community, already devastated by 15 years of war that has also affected the country's other minority sects

Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months

Oct 16, 2018

Egypt has extended its state of emergency for another three months

Indian court gives life sentence to guru, 14 followers

Oct 16, 2018

A court in northern India has sentenced a Hindu guru and 14 followers to life imprisonment in the deaths of four women and a child at his sprawling ashram

India's accused minister files defamation suit amid protests

Oct 15, 2018

Dozens of members of the Indian National Congress party's youth wing have demanded the resignation of India's junior external affairs minister amid a spate of sexual harassment allegations made against him

Saudi writer's disappearance strains Turkey-Saudi ties

Oct 13, 2018

Journalist's disappearance from Saudi Consulate is just latest crisis in Saudi-Turkey relations since Arab Spring

The Latest: Trump says freed pastor to be checked in Germany

Oct 12, 2018

President Donald Trump says an American pastor who had been detained in Turkey is "now free from jail" and on his way to Germany

Top Yemen Bahai figure disappears amid Houthi crackdown

Oct 12, 2018

Friends of the spokesman for Yemen's Bahai religious minority say he has been detained by Houthi militias who control the country's north

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