Indonesia Prosecutes Christian Governor for Blasphemy Against Qur’an

An Indonesian court will prosecute Jakarta’s Christian governor who has been accused of blasphemy against the Qur’an, a judge announced on Tuesday. A panel of judges rejected a petition by the legal defense team of governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known

A Muslim man holds a banner that reads "Ahok in jail = fair government" during a rally outside the North Jakarta court where Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is on trial in Jakarta on December 13, 2016. Hardline Muslims rallied on December 13 under heavy police guard outside the …

Indonesia: Police Arrest Computer Analyst for Streaming Pornography on Electronic Billboard

Jakarta motorists had an especially interesting commute last week when a Japanese porn film was screened on an electronic billboard for about five minutes until power to the billboard could be cut. The prankster has been identified as a 24-year-old IT analyst named Samudera al Hakam Ralial, according to International Business Times, and he might end up in prison until he is 30.

Police officers stand on a main road in Jakarta on Aug. 30, 2016, as a new traffic control system is introduced in the capital. Under the system, vehicles with odd-numbered plates are allowed to run on main roads during peak morning and evening hours on odd-numbered dates and those with …

New Delhi Police Arrest Four Islamic State Operatives

The spread of the Islamic State into India is a matter of grave concern for the authorities, and political division among the people, as demonstrated by the rise of the Hindu Swabhiman militia, whose appeal rests largely on fears that the government cannot protect provincial Indians from ISIS.


At Least Seven Dead in Jakarta Terrorist Explosions, Shooting

Suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital Thursday, with a series of explosions and gunfire that tore through a Starbucks cafe and shook an embassy district in the Muslim-majority nation. At least seven people were known to have died — including


PHOTOS: Saudi Execution of Nimr al-Nimr Triggers Global Shiite Protests

The Saudi execution of insurrectionist Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr threatens to touch off a conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims across the Middle East and beyond. Massive Shiite protests have occurred across the region over the past few days and have spread into Asia.


Indonesia Under Fire for Virginity Tests on Female Military Recruits

Indonesia is facing international backlash after it was revealed the government requires female military recruits to undergo virginity tests. It is the second time in the past 6 months human rights organizations put pressure on the country to drop these tests.

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