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Stories about Religion

18 August 2015

Meet Venezuela's Orthodox Priest Who Rocks in His Robes

Father Elias is not your typical rock star, playing in a priest's robe. He's not what many expect a priest to be like, either.

12 August 2015

Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?

News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.

11 August 2015

Jamaicans Stage Milestone LGBT Pride Celebration

Arguably one of the most homophobic countries in the world, Jamaica has staged its first ever—and incident-free—LGBT pride celebrations.

8 August 2015

Fifteen People Killed in ISIS Attack on Saudi Security Forces Mosque in Asir

Fifteen people were killed when an ISIS operative blew himself up in a security forces mosque in Asir, Saudi Arabia. This is the first time ISIS targets a Sunni mosque.

6 August 2015

Buddha’s Beads Fetch Millions for Farmers in Central Nepal

News guaranteed to thrill Buddhists and botanists around the world: a Nepalese tree famous for its use in making Buddhist prayer beads, has been described as a new species.

3 August 2015

Summer is the Season for Fireworks in Japan

In July and August, massive and elaborate fireworks displays are held all over Japan.

22 July 2015

Aussie Rock Icon Jimmy Barnes Reclaims Songs From Anti-Islam Protestors

"I only want to say the Australia I belong to and love is a tolerant Australia. A place that is open and giving."

20 July 2015

Top Bahraini Student Goes to Jail Instead of Medical School

A top Bahraini student is in prison instead of pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. Faten Bushehri updates us on the plight of Mustafa Mohammed Ismael

14 July 2015

Arrests of Sunni Extremists in Bahrain Go Unnoticed

Bahraini authorities have arrested several ISIS members in the kingdom amid a media blackout. ISIS supporters take to Twitter to threaten the government.

11 July 2015

The Tajik “False Prophet” Sent to Jail for 16 years

'It is hard to understand what is behind this verdict. Sheikh was a Sufi, had no interest in politics, lived somewhere in the mountains, did not bother anyone...'

10 July 2015

Bangladesh Activists Have Little Faith in Blogger Murder Investigations

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"They are [attacking] bloggers because the Internet penetration is still low in the country and they want to silence freedom of speech that exposes their narratives and political message."

2 July 2015

Nigerians Are Shocked by the ‘Kano Nine’ Death Sentence for Blasphemy

"No one can defend God to pass death sentence on others, I'm a Muslim and in totality I condemn it. #SaveKanoNine"

29 June 2015

Bahrain Takes Security Measures Following ISIS Threat

Bahrain is on alert following a threat by ISIS that its Shia population are its next target following attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Thousands Take to Rome's Streets to Echo Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action

"...all of humanity needs to stand united in addressing the crisis of our times. Climate change is an issue for everyone with a moral conscience.”

26 June 2015

A Tragic Ramadan in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombardment Continues

Yemenis welcomed their first day of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, with more airstrikes from Saudi Arabia. Noon Arabia highlights the tragedy Yemen is going through this month.

Shia Mosque Attacked by ISIS in Kuwait, Leaving at Least 24 People Dead

At least 24 people were killed when a suicide bomber belonging to ISIS blew himself up at a Shia mosque in Kuwait.

22 June 2015

Pope Francis’ Call to ‘Hear Both the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’ Resonates in the Philippines

Environmentalists in the country also called on the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

15 June 2015

As Violence Rises, Some Venezuelans Pray to Dead Criminals for Help and Protection

In Venezuela, certain cults venerate deceased criminals. Followers visit their graves and build altars in their homes to ask the magical spirits for divine favors.

9 June 2015

#CharlieCharlie Sends the Caribbean a Bit Crazy

Some Caribbean netizens contend that the region abandoned all logic over #CharlieCharlie, prior to finding out the game was an Internet gimmick and not the work of the dark side.

8 June 2015

Israel Says A-WA — ‘Yes!’ — to Singing Yemenite Sisters

Not so long ago, Jews from Arabic countries living in Israel — called Mizrahim — were seen as second class. But now, "it's cool to be Mizrahi."

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