AJ Impact

Should veganism be protected as a belief?

A UK court case looks at whether ethical veganism should be given the same legal protections as religion.

Should veganism be protected as a belief?

Christianity

Nine years for 'subversion': Protestant pastor convicted in China

Wang Yi had led Early Rain Covenant Church and was arrested a year ago in a crackdown on unauthorised religious groups.

Nine years for 'subversion': Protestant pastor convicted in China

NewsFeed

Christmas now an official holiday in Sudan

Christmas declared an official holiday in Muslim-majority Sudan for the first time since 2011.

Opinion

Israel, UAE and the hypocritical manipulation of religion

Palestinians and other Arabs are not interested in the promotion of 'religious tolerance' by highly intolerant regimes.

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

by Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Montenegro

Montenegro adopts law on religion amid protests by pro-Serbs

Tensions rise as critics say law will strip church of its property, including medieval monasteries and churches.

Montenegro adopts law on religion amid protests by pro-Serbs

Latin America

Painting a 'divine intervention' story

For hundreds of years, people have captured the moment when they felt their prayers were answered in what is known as ex voto, or devotion.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka marks Christmas on sombre note amid high security

Police, backed by armed forces, positioned around all churches holding services.

Sri Lanka marks Christmas on sombre note amid high security

Religion

'Arbitrary': Pakistan rejects US religious freedom designation

US State Department last week said it was re-designating Pakistan a 'country of particular concern' over violations.

'Arbitrary': Pakistan rejects US religious freedom designation

Religion

Pope ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Pontiff leads Christmas celebrations with talk of hope as he rounds off difficult year for Catholic church.

Pope ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Christianity

In Pictures: Christmas around the world

From Christmas protests in Beirut to mountain climbing Santas in Seoul, this is the diversity of celebrations.

In Pictures: Christmas around the world

Pakistan

Pakistani academic sentenced to death for blasphemy

University professor Hafeez found guilty of having insulted Prophet Muhammad and Quran verbally and on Facebook.

Pakistani academic Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death for blasphemy

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Summit: Five major issues facing Muslim world

Leaders from some of the world's most populous Muslim-majority nations set to address issues like Islamophobia, poverty.

Kuala Lumpur Summit: Five major issues facing Muslim world

Pope Francis

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Victims hail the move as much overdue and say it needs to be implemented broadly.

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Religion

Witness to destruction: Remembering the Babri Mosque demolition

27 years after the mosque in India was torn down, photographer Praveen Jain recounts the moment he knew it would happen.

Witness to destruction: Remembering the Babri Mosque demolition

Pakistan

The Muslim who saved a Hindu temple from a mob in Pakistan

After India's Babri Mosque was destroyed, a mob in Lahore sought to demolish a temple. Until a local man intervened.

The Muslim who saved a Hindu temple from a mob in Pakistan