China

China official says West using Christianity to 'subvert' power

Beijing has tightened restrictions on religions it fears are a challenge to the power of the ruling Communist Party.

China official says West using Christianity to 'subvert' power

Asia Pacific

Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam

The sentence is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country.

Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam

India

India's Supreme Court orders mediation over disputed Ayodhya site

Top court appoints arbitration panel to mediate in decades-old dispute between Hindus and Muslims over a religious site.

India's Supreme Court orders mediation over disputed Ayodhya site

Europe

France convicts top Catholic official over sex abuse cover-up

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin found guilty of failing to report the abuse of a minor by Reverend Bernard Preynat.

Europe

France Catholic Church set for verdict on child sex abuse scandal

Court will decide whether Archbishop of Lyon is guilty of not reporting a priest to for sexually abusing boys.

Australia

Top aide to pope convicted of child sex crimes in Australia

Cardinal George Pell found guilty in December of abusing two choirboys in 1996.

Vatican

Pope calls for 'all-out battle' against child sex abuse

Pope's speech lacked concrete measures except for a pledge to toughen laws against online child pornography.

Vatican

Vatican abuse meeting: Victims demand meaningful reform

Clerical sex abuse survivors are demanding accountability for religious officials who turned a blind eye on decades of abuse.

Vatican

Cardinal admits Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed'

At key Vatican conference, Cardinal says files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never compiled.

Cardinal admits Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed'

Vatican

Vatican summit on child sex abuse: Five things to know

After decades of religious figures sexually assaulting children, Pope Francis attempts to resolve crisis.

Vatican summit on child sex abuse: What to expect

Uighur

Turkey asks China to close Uighur 'concentration camps'

Turkey calls China's treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur minority 'a great cause of shame for humanity'.

'Shame for humanity': Turkey urges China to close Uighur camps

Pakistan

Aasia Bibi can't leave Pakistan despite acquittal

Christian woman cleared of blasphemy charges remains confined in Pakistan even though the government says she can leave.

Aasia Bibi can't leave Pakistan despite acquittal

Middle East

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras visits shut orthodox school in Turkey

Why the reopening of the religious school could help end a bitter dispute between Greece and Turkey.

India

Hindu temple board reverses opposition to women's entry

One of the two women, who defied the temple ban backed by right-wing groups, calls the decision a 'positive shift'.

Sabarimala temple board reverses opposition to entry of women

Europe

Dane first to be jailed over Jehovah's Witness link in Russia

Dennis Christensen, a Danish national, is sentenced to six years for links to the Christian denomination, which Russia considers to be an extremist organisation.