Middle East

Saudi religious institutions incite hatred, says report

Some state scholars continue to stoke discrimination against minorities despite reform efforts, according to HRW report.

HRW: Saudi Arabia hate speech still targets minorities

Middle East

Palestinians decry church patriarch's role in land deal

Greek Orthodox Church plunged into renewed crisis as its leaders are accused of selling off land to Jewish settlers.

Palestinians decry church patriarch's role in land deal

Pakistan

Pakistan sentences Christian to death 'for blasphemy'

Nadeem James was arrested in 2016 after he allegedly sent a poem ridiculing Prophet Mohammad to his friend on WhatsApp.

Pakistan sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy

Middle East

Rights groups slam Saudi arrests of religious figures

Amnesty International and HRW denounce 'politically motivated' recent detentions of religious scholars and preachers.

Rights groups slam Saudi arrests of religious figures

Latin America

Colombia: FARC leader asks Pope Francis for forgiveness

Pope Francis has held an open air mass in Colombia for thousands of war victims and former fighters. The leader of FARC, a former rebel group, asked the Roman Catholic leader for forgiveness for any pain caused during five decades of conflict.

Latin America

For some Colombians, Pope's visit highlights political divisions

Pope Francis is on a six-day tour of Colombia. His third stop is the city of Medellin, where much of the opposition to the peace process is focused. There, the pope plans to give his message of reconciliation in a deeply divided country.

East Jerusalem

Palestinians protest church property sale to settlers

Protesters are demanding the removal of Patriarch Theophilos III over his involvement in selling church land.

Palestinians demand removal of church patriarch

Religion

Evictions, trials as Russian Church claims property

With the resurgence of a Kremlin-endorsed monastery, islanders on Valaam have endured trials, evictions and arson.

Evictions, trials as Russian Church claims property

Racism

Populism and the fight for the soul of German churches

Many German churches are standing with refugees as atonement for past complicity in the crimes of the Nazi regime.

Populism and the fight for the soul of German churches

Nigeria

Meet the Ooni of Ife, the leader of Nigeria's Yoruba

A former entrepreneur, King Ojaja II became one of the youngest kings in Nigeria when he ascended to the throne in 2015.

Meet the Ooni of Ife, the leader of Nigeria's Yoruba

Saudi Arabia

Two million Muslims gather near Mecca for Hajj

Crowds visit Mount Arafat to spend day in contemplation where Prophet Muhammad is said to have delivered final sermon.

Two million Muslims gather near Mecca for Hajj

Saudi Arabia

Hajj 2017: Why, when and how?

The dates for the five-day Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca have been officially announced after moon sighting on August 22.

Hajj 2017: Why, when and how?

Middle East

Hajj: The journey from Gaza to Mecca

About 3,000 Palestinians headed for Mecca to attend the Hajj pilgrimage. Deciding who could go was based on a lottery system.

Asia

Jailed sect leader: Why deras command huge following

The sentencing of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh raises questions about the functioning of spiritual organisations, or 'deras'.

Jailed sect leader: Why deras command huge following

Asia

Indian sect leader sentenced to 20 years for rape

Judge pronounces sentence amid high security after conviction sparked deadly riots in northern state of Haryana.