AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. He declared it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said'...
Calls from conservative groups in Asia to boycott a Disney film over a "gay moment" have drawn criticism, the SCMP reports.
*Americans eat 70 mln lbs of corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. CHICAGO, March 15- In recent weeks, the U.S. meat industry has found itself wrestling with a culinary conundrum: Would American Roman Catholics be able to eat corned beef this St. Patrick's Day? At least 80 of the nearly 200 U.S. Catholic dioceses have issued some form of exemption on avoiding meat on St....
WHEELING, W.Va., March 15- When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride. Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
*Gaza sewing sector one of largest employers before 2007. GAZA, March 13- It's not easy doing business from Gaza but tailor Mohammad Abu Shanab has found a demand he can supply-- his sewing factory is churning out religious skull caps, for devout Jewish men. Since Israel resumed importing clothing from Gaza in 2015, Abu Shanab has renewed commercial contacts to sell...
Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country.
Although the U.S. might seem a distant country, those the Hong Kong community are also affected by the travel ban, the SCMP reports.
NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, March 6- The new, more narrowly tailored temporary travel ban President Donald Trump signed on Monday will be more difficult to challenge successfully in court, legal experts said. Trump's first executive order signed on Jan. 27 banned travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen- for 90 days...
As controversy roils over Palestine and Israel, Samer Koury, a businessman of Palestinian descent who runs one of the world’s largest construction companies, is busy funding the massive restoration of the Church of the Nativity.
Bali, eager for Mideast tourists, welcomes king's entourage. NUSA DUA, Indonesia, March 3- A Bali beach holiday for Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his considerable entourage has turned into a military exercise for host Indonesia. The octogenarian monarch and his entourage of 1,500, including 25 princes and 10 ministers, flies on Saturday to Indonesia's Bali...
Unnerved by the proliferation of T-shirts and tea towels around the world, the Vatican warns it intends to "protect" the image of the pope.
During a visit to Singapore, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that his country was pursuing greater ties across Asia.
President Trump attributed his comment about a terror-related incident in Sweden to Fox News, NBC News reports.
Shelina Janmohamed, author of Generation M:Young Muslims Changing the World, talks about how being faithful and modern go together for some millennials.
Race and religion will continue to influence regional elections in Jakarta, according to an analyst.
The race to become governor of Indonesia's capital was neck and neck in early counting on Wednesday sample counts showed.
However, racial and religious sentiments are likely to continue influencing votes, says Roberto Herrera-Lim, MD at Teneo Intelligence.
Ross Tapsell, lecturer at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, talks about the role of religion influencing the gubernatorial elections in Jakarta.
Here are a few countries that have banned Valentine's Day saying it is not part of their culture and tradition.
Alastair Newton of Alavan Business Advisory weighs in on the Jakarta gubernatorial election and other risks to consider when investing in the country.