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Indonesia's Banda Aceh whips 11 for sharia-banned romance

Aug 02, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Public whipping is a common punishment for a range of offenses in the deeply conservative region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage

A woman is whipped in public in Banda Aceh in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province on August 1, 2019, as punishment for being too close to the opposite sex. Six men and five women, all in their late teens and early 20s, received between eight to 32 strokes in front of a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, with dozens of spectators watched curiously. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

2 Malaysian women caned under Islamic law for lesbian sex

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Campaigners say it is the first time women in Malaysia have been caned for violating a sharia regulation which forbids same-sex relations

To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

May 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN. People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in the Syrian city of Raqa on May 17, 2018, during the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. Photo by Delil souleiman/AFP

Politicians push for stricter Islamic law in Malaysia

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Push to allow Islamic courts to impose more severe punishments fuels fears of growing division in multi ethnic nation

Young couple among 18 caned in Indonesia

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:28 PM

A 19 year old woman and a 21 year old man were caned 8 times each after they were found spending time alone together

HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. A new bylaw means non-Muslims will also be subjected to Sharia law. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

Malaysian state OKs Islamic penalties, splitting opposition

Mar 19, 2015 - 4:03 PM

The state assembly of Kelantan unanimously passes penalties including amputations for theft and stoning to death for adultery

No unified halal certification, PH to lose ASEAN advantage

Oct 23, 2014 - 2:52 PM

More than half of the world’s Muslim population come from ASEAN but will likely ditch halal Filipino products due to the country s lack of Islamic certification system

Saudi women activists demand end to 'absolute' male control

Mar 02, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Activist Aziza Yousef says rights activists have petitioned the Shura consultative Council on the occasion of the International Women s Day on March 8 demanding an end to the absolute authority of men over women

DEFYING BAN. An image grab taken from a video uploaded by Saudi activists on YouTube on October 26, 2013 allegedly shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh during a planned nationwide day of defiance of the ban on women driving. AFP/Youtube

Judicial and Bar Council to have a Muslim rep

Aug 09, 2013 - 6:04 PM

The Supreme Court has approved the plea of Justice Marvic Leonen to appoint an Islamic law expert to the body that vets court nominees