Thailand, Muslim militants agree to peace talks

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra speaks with her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: Xinhua

Thailand’s government signed a breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the first time ever on Thursday, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of violence in the country’s southern provinces that has killed more than 5,000 people.

Friday, 1 March, 2013, 2:27am

Kashmir's first all-girl band quits after threats and cleric's decree

Kashmir’s first girl rock band, Pragaash, perform at the annual Battle of the Bands in Srinagar in December. Photo: AFP

The three teenage members of Pragaash (which translates as "First Light") told reporters in India's only Muslim-majority state they were sorry if "the people" were unhappy with their music and that, to respect the religious ruling issued by Grand Mufti Mohammad Bashiruddin at the weekend, would no longer play.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:06am

Indonesian church faces troubled Christmas

Thousands of cards for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are placed by Christians at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

A Christian community in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation, is preparing to hold Christmas services on the street as sectarian attacks keep them locked out of their church.

The Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant Church has since 2009 held Sunday services under the blaring sun as Muslim hardliners and community members physically block them from their property.

23 Dec 2012 - 6:38am

Briefs, October 26, 2012

Curfew imposed after clashes during festival

26 Oct 2012 - 3:02am

Talking points

Marine Department will meet leaders of the ferry, pleasure boat and fishing industries to discuss immediate measures to improve safety.

Talks on ferry safety

26 Oct 2012 - 2:10am

City Digest, October 22, 2012

Bank alerts police over suspicious men at ATM

Nanyang Commercial Bank staff called police shortly after midnight yesterday after a customer reported a problem when using an ATM on Nathan Road, Mong Kok. Security footage showed two men fitting a device to the ATM that police believed to be a data collector.


Woman conned into making web transfers

22 Oct 2012 - 6:16am

Bangladesh vows to protect Buddhists after attacks

Statues at the burnt Buddhist temple of Shima Bihar at Ramu, some 350 kilometres southeast of the capital Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Buddhists who fled their southern Bangladesh villages in the wake of attacks by Muslims started returning home on Monday amid heightened security.

They had moved to safety after an overnight weekend attack in which thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims burned at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes in anger over a Facebook photo of a burned Koran.

1 Oct 2012 - 5:12pm

Clinton appeals to Muslim leaders to stand together to oppose extremism

Hillary Rodham Clinton meets Mohammed Mursi. Photo: AFP

In a round of intense diplomacy in the wake of violent anti-US protests, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met a series of Muslim leaders and urged people to work together against extremists.

"All of us need to stand together to resist these forces and to support the democratic transitions under way in North Africa and the Middle East," Clinton told a donors forum.

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Hezbollah calls for week of Lebanon protests over film

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah called for a week of protests across Lebanon over a film mocking Islam, as symbols of US influence were targeted by angry Muslims across the world.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US embassies boost security in Asia after deadly unrest

An anti-terrorist unit in the Philippines patrols waters near the US embassy in Manila. The US stepped up security outside US embassies across Asia. Photo: EPA

Afghanistan’s leader has put off a foreign trip for fear of violence at home over an anti-Islam film, officials said on Thursday, as anxious governments across Asia stepped up security outside US embassies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Asia news in brief, September 1, 2012

A Thai officer tries to inspect a suspected bomb. Photo: Reuters

Earthquake sparks false tsunami scare

1 Sep 2012 - 3:55am

Burning of Koran would not have helped the war against terrorism

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, Florida, stepped back from the abyss of burning the Koran on September 11 and the anger and violence that it would have engendered in Muslims towards Americans specifically and Christians throughout the world. It can only be hoped that his decision will remain to cancel the event as he has indicated.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Fasting a pillar of Islam that teaches compassion

The holy month of Ramadan begins this week, and will be observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world. Fasting in Islamic countries dates back to ancient times, to the second year of the Hijir (the migration from Medina to Mecca).

Fasting was made obligatory for every Muslim man and woman during the month of Ramadan, as commanded by Allah.

14 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Genocide by West perpetrated on mass scale

I refer to the letters from Sylvia L. Santayana, headlined, 'Double standard' and from Charles Marshall headlined, 'Saddam to blame' (South China Morning Post, September 18 and 23 respectively). Everyone has the right to express his own views.

4 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Islamic belief

I WRITE regarding the letter by Rebecca Santos, headlined 'Stupid rule' (South China Morning Post, October 20).

It is unfortunate that Ms Santos chooses to use derogatory adjectives such as 'stupid' when referring to the Islamic dress code prescribed for women.

29 Oct 1994 - 12:00am