Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code

Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code

New criminal code ushers in controversial changes Sex outside marriage, insulting the president banned New laws will hamper tourism, investment, critics say JAKARTA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code on Tuesday that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the laws … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and other non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which prohibits abortions with limited exceptions for rape, … Read more

Explainer: What to expect as Malaysia’s split election leaves scramble to form govt

Explainer: What to expect as Malaysia’s split election leaves scramble to form govt

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s political leaders were scrambling to form a coalition government on Sunday after an election produced an unprecedented hung parliament, with no group able to claim a majority. Longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin each said they could form a government with support from … Read more

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Prominent Sunni cleric criticises security forces Unrest in minority areas General tells clerics to watch their words, restore calm DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians protested in the restive southeast on Friday to mark a Sept. 30 crackdown by security forces known as “Bloody Friday” as the country’s clerical rulers battled persistent nationwide … Read more

The sisterhood of Muslim women uniting football and faith in London team

The sisterhood of Muslim women uniting football and faith in London team

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – On a soccer pitch in a central London park, Sisterhood Football Club – a Muslim women’s team – is making a substitution. “Your hijab, tuck it in. It can’t get in the way,” a teammate calls out as the replacement player runs on. Despite the warmth of the afternoon, all … Read more

Pope Francis thrills small Gulf Catholic community with big Mass

Pope Francis thrills small Gulf Catholic community with big Mass

AWALI, Bahrain, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said Mass for thousands of Catholics in Bahrain on Saturday, thrilling members of the small foreign Catholic community from around the Gulf and urging them to show kindness to their hosts, even if they feel sometimes badly treated. The crowd of about 30,000 people that filled Bahrain’s … Read more

At least 15 killed in attack on Shi’ite shrine in Iran – state news agency

At least 15 killed in attack on Shi’ite shrine in Iran – state news agency

Women and children among casualties – Tasnim news agency Agency close to top security body says attackers not Iranian Protesters mark 40 days since Mahsa Amini’s death in custody DUBAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed in an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz on … Read more

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, U.N. credibility First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda Muslim countries like Pakistan reject the motion China lobbied hard against debate on sidelines GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human … Read more

Iran protests over young woman’s death continue, 83 said killed

Iran protests over young woman’s death continue, 83 said killed

DUBAI, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Protests continued in several cities across Iran on Thursday against the death of young woman in police custody, state and social media reported, as a human rights group said at least 83 people had been killed in nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish town … Read more

Iran death toll grows as protests intensify

Iran death toll grows as protests intensify

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Member of security forces among those killed Unrest has swept Iran since young woman died in custody Social media video shows fresh protest at Tehran University DUBAI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Iranian authorities said three people including a member of the security forces had been killed … Read more