Indonesia is facing renewed calls to repeal its controversial blasphemy law after the jailing of Jakarta’s Christian governor, with critics pointing to a sharp increase in its use to target minorities. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — known by his nickname Ahok — was jailed for two years Tuesday for blasphemy over […]

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Following a string of sectarian rallies in the country’s capital and other provinces, the government decided on Monday to ban the hard-line Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) group on the grounds that its activities contradicted the Pancasila state ideology and had become a threat to the country’s unity. The ban recommendation, […]

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The North Jakarta District Court has found outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama guilty of blasphemy for suggesting that some people had abused a Quranic verse to block his re-election bid. The panel of judges led by Dwiarso Budi Santiarso sentenced Ahok to two years in prison for his […]

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North Korea says it has detained a US citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state. Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on 6 May, state-run news agency KCNA said. Three other US citizens are currently held in North Korea, […]

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North Korea has accused US and South Korean agents of plotting to kill its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un. A North Korean referred to only as “Kim” was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry of state security said. The plot was foiled, it said, but gave […]

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