Jehovah's Witnesses hid 1 000 child sex abuse cases

2015-07-27 11:01

The Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Australia failed to report to police more than 1 000 cases of child sexual abuse going back more than 60 years.

Cameroon extends ban on full veil in bid to stop attacks

2015-07-25 07:26

Cameroon has extended a ban on full Islamic veils in parts of the country as it seeks to curb Boko Haram violence after a string of suicide bombings by female attackers.

Maha Sabha, local Hindus fuming over fragrance bottles

2015-07-21 11:16

The South African Maha Sabha has criticised international fashion and fragrance brand Jean Paul Gaultier after body-shaped perfume bottles with pictures of Hindu gods hit South African shelves last week.

Tennessee suspect texted friend link to Qur'anic verse before attack

2015-07-18 19:17

The suspected gunman in the attack that killed four US marines and a navy officer returned from a trip to Jordan in 2014 angry about conflicts in the Middle East.

Several Muslim countries start celebrating Eid al-Fitr

2015-07-17 09:53

At least 12 majority Muslim countries on Friday started celebrating the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the fasting lunar month of Ramadan.

Dalai Lama: China 'pretends' to know about reincarnation

2015-07-16 18:08

Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has ridiculed China's Communist Party for wanting to control his reincarnation, saying the government is "pretending" to know more about the system than he does.

Pretoria church photos go viral over snake-eating

2015-07-15 15:50

A Pretoria church has gone viral on social media after congregants were photographed eating a live snake during a service after apparently being told the reptile would taste like chocolate.

Pakistan's Ramadan laws hit non-fasters as well

2015-07-13 15:44

Even non-fasters suffer during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Pakistan, which prohibits everyone from eating or drinking in public as a sign of respect for the faithful.

Pope asks pardon for church's 'offenses' against indigenous

2015-07-10 14:25

Pope Francis has apologised for the sins and 'offenses' committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas

Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in Ecuador

2015-07-07 11:21

Pope Francis has received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of families they are the bedrock of society.


Israeli police entered al-Aqsa mosque

2015-07-26 09:53

Israeli police have entered al-Aqsa mosque, a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, during clashes with rioting Muslim worshippers.

Jewish leader condemns German vice chancellor's Iran trip

2015-07-22 14:59

The head of the World Jewish Congress has sharply criticised German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel for his recent visit to Iran, accusing him of putting business interests before morals and calling his approach to Tehran naive.

Anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare in Australia

2015-07-19 11:10

Rival anti-Islam and anti-racism rallies have seen hundreds protest across Australia, with violent clashes in Melbourne.

New York's Empire State Building lit green for Eid

2015-07-18 12:21

New York's Empire State Building has been lit in green to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

ISIS crucifies, jails non-fasters - monitor

2015-07-17 05:53

At least 94 people, five of them children, reportedly have been crucified and jailed in Syria by ISIS extremists for failing to observe the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramadan.

Forbidden lovers attempt suicide at the Taj Mahal

2015-07-16 13:10

An Indian couple forbidden to marry because of their different backgrounds are in hospital after slitting their own throats in an apparent suicide pact at India's famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

Bomb blast hits Afghan mosque

2015-07-13 21:59

An Afghan official says a bomb blast inside a mosque in Baghlan province north of the capital, Kabul, has wounded 29 people.

Netanyahu pledges Jewish dialogue

2015-07-12 23:02

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to calm angry US Jews after his religious affairs minister questioned the Jewishness of the Reform movement.

Rights group condemns Myanmar bill on interfaith marriage

2015-07-08 15:03

An international human rights group has accused Myanmar's parliament of playing with fire by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country's Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion.

1 000s camp out for Pope's first mass in Ecuador

2015-07-06 17:02

Camped on streets with sleeping bags and stocked with food supplies, thousands of excited Ecuadoreans have congregated in Guayaquil for Pope Francis' first mass of his "homecoming" tour of South America.

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