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AseanPlus News 01 Sep 2018 | 12:00 AM

Rohingya crisis elicits little sympathy in Buddhist-majority Myanmar

Yangon: Baffled, hurt or indignant, many inside Myanmar are struggling to digest a week of opprobrium heaped on their country by the UN and even Facebook over the treatment of the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim group whose plight elicits little sympathy in the Buddhist-majority nation.

World 29 Aug 2018 | 9:20 AM

Exclusive - Iran-based political influence operation: bigger, persistent, global

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages.

World 24 Aug 2018 | 7:34 PM

Moaning about mosque loudspeaker not blasphemy, says Indonesian Muslim group

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's biggest Islamic organisation called for greater tolerance on Friday as it criticised a court that jailed a mother of four for blasphemy after complaining that a mosque in her neighbourhood was too loud.

AseanPlus News 24 Aug 2018 | 12:00 AM

Muslims slam blasphemy verdict

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation has criticised the blasphemy conviction and imprisonment of a Buddhist woman who complained that the call to prayer from her neighbourhood mosque was too loud.

World 16 Jul 2018 | 8:57 PM

Lebanon president says U.S. pullout from Iran deal will hurt Middle East

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday the U.S. withdrawal from world powers' 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran would have negative consequences for Middle East stability.

World 25 Jun 2018 | 6:10 PM

Saudi-led coalition says Hezbollah fighters killed in Yemen battles

RIYADH (Reuters) - Forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition have killed eight members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group in Yemen in battles with the Iran-aligned Houthis, the coalition said on Monday.

World 14 Jun 2018 | 5:25 AM

Syria's Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday his government is still pursuing a political solution for Syria's rebel-held southwest, but will use military force if this fails.

World 08 Jun 2018 | 8:02 PM

Austria to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist.

World 23 May 2018 | 9:50 PM

Lebanese parliament re-elects Shi'ite Berri as speaker

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Shi'ite politician Nabih Berri, a close ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, was re-elected for a sixth term as speaker of Lebanon's parliament in an uncontested vote on Wednesday.

World 23 Mar 2018 | 8:22 AM

In Indonesia, a shadowy campaign to stoke unrest as elections loom

BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - A spate of mysterious attacks on Islamic clerics, schools and mosques in Indonesia in recent weeks has ramped up tensions as the world's most populous Muslim-majority country heads into provincial elections and a presidential poll next year.