Asia

India's mega Kumbh festival gets BJP boost ahead of election

Billed as the world's biggest gathering of humanity, the eight-week festival begins in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj city.

India's mega Kumbh festival gets BJP boost ahead of election

Germany

Debate growing over German 'mosque tax'

Jews, Catholics and Protestants already subject to the 'worship tax' and some say introducing the levy for Muslims would reduce foreign influence.

Philippines

Hundreds of thousands join annual Catholic procession in Manila

Devotees believe touching the Black Nazarene or simply being in its presence will cure sickness and bring good fortune.

Hundreds of thousands join annual Catholic procession in Manila

Brazil

Latin America in 2019: Stories to watch

As controversial new leaders find their feet and crises continue, here are the stories to look out for this year.

Latin America in 2019: Stories to watch

Inside Story

Why has Ukraine's Orthodox church split from Russia?

After centuries of close ties, Orthodox churches in Ukraine have cut links with Russia.

Science

Criticism after claims ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

Organisers distance themselves from speakers who claimed Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were wrong.

Criticism after claims ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

Europe

France cardinal on trial over child sex abuse coverup

Philippe Barbarin, one of the most senior Catholics involved in the scandal, is accused of helping to cover up abuse.

Ukraine

Ukraine Orthodox Christians mark independence from Russian branch

The Tomos was delivered to the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church during a service in Istanbul in what is being described as one of the biggest rifts in Christianity in recent times.

Ukraine

Ukraine church's historic split from Russia granted by patriarch

Move by Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I comes amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

Mexico

Temple to pre-Hispanic 'Flayed God' unearthed in Mexico

Xipe Totec was worshipped in a ceremony called Tlacaxipehualiztli, which means 'to wear the skin of the flayed one'.

Temple to pre-Hispanic 'Flayed God' unearthed in Mexico

India

Third woman enters Sabarimala temple in Kerala

A Sri Lankan national entered the flashpoint temple late on Thursday, in defiance of a centuries-old ban.

Third woman enters Sabarimala temple in India's Kerala state

Opinion

How cow vigilantism is undermining the rule of law in India

Allowing 'cow protection gangs' to attack innocent people is eroding basic principles of the Indian constitution.

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

India

Indian women defy Hindu temple ban amid protests

Centuries-old ban on the entry of women of reproductive age breached at Kerala's Sabarimala temple.

India

India's hidden years of nuns sexually abused by priests

AP investigation uncovers decades-long history of nuns enduring sexual abuse by priests across India.

India's hidden years of nuns sexually abused by priests

Pope Francis

Pope appeals for Middle East peace in Christmas message

Head of world's 1.3 billion Catholics hopes for 'fraternity' among people of all walks of life in his Christmas message.

Pope appeals for Middle East peace in Christmas message