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Hong Kong Catholics mourn bishop amid political struggles

Jan 10, 2019

Hong Kong Catholics are mourning the loss of their bishop with a Mass amid a low-key struggle among clergy over reconciliation between the Vatican and Beijing

Bangladesh garment worker protest continues for 4th day

Jan 9, 2019

Thousands of garment workers have staged demonstrations to demand better wages for the fourth straight day shutting down factories on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka

India's lower house passes citizenship bill despite protests

Jan 8, 2019

India's lower house of Parliament has approved a bill that would grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslims who allegedly fled persecution in neighboring nations, despite protests in the northeast that brought the region to a near standstill

Advocate of China-Vatican dialogue named Hong Kong bishop

Jan 7, 2019

Retired head of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has been named the church's interim administrator in the territory, effectively blocking the succession of the highest-ranking serving bishop known to be critical of Beijing

Myanmar government says Rakhine rebels kill 13 policemen

Jan 4, 2019

Myanmar state media say 13 policemen were killed and nine injured in early morning attacks on police outposts in Rakhine state by the insurgent Arakan Army

Global support lets Bangladesh PM withstand election worries

Jan 4, 2019

Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand calls to investigate allegations of widespread serious irregularities in Sunday's election

Nuns in India tell AP of enduring abuse in Catholic church

Jan 3, 2019

Catholic nuns tell AP of enduring sexual pressure from priests in India, but the scale of the problem is cloaked in silence

Hasina's dominating win feared as enabling authoritarianism

Jan 3, 2019

Hasina is set to begin a third straight term as Bangladesh's prime minister after election victory, but critics fear her coalition's dominance in Parliament leaves space for her to be more authoritarian

2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban

Jan 2, 2019

Two women have entered one of India's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites that had been forbidden for females between the ages of 10 and 50, sparking protests across a southern state, with police firing tear gas in at least one place

AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India

Jan 2, 2019

An AP investigation has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns in India enduring sexual abuse from within the church

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