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Religious conflict in Jakarta

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 5:09PM UTC

Karim Raslan reflects on how sectarian differences challenge the future in Jakarta, Indonesia Imagine that you’ve moved to Jakarta from your birthplace outside Java. This happened some 20 years ago and you’re now married with a family.You’ve settled in Bekasi, a suburb outside the capital. Property prices there are more

The Taliban: Killers of women and children

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 5:05PM UTC

The United Nations reports on the rapidly rising Afghan casualty count: Of the total number of casualties [over the first six months of 2010], 2,477 were attributed to anti-government elements (AGEs), representing 76 per cent of all casualties, up 53 per cent from 2009, while 386 were attributed to pro-government

EU tells Myanmar world is watching its elections

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 4:51PM UTC

The European Union told military-run Myanmar on Saturday that its Nov. 7 elections, the first in two decades, will not be considered legitimate in the eyes of the world unless it can ensure the vote is free and fair. The junta announced Friday that it had finally set an election

Sri Lankan president OKs ex-army chief’s discharge

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 4:44PM UTC

Sri Lanka’s president approved the dishonorable discharge of his former army chief and political rival Saturday, a day after a military court convicted the general of involvement in politics while in service. President Mahinda Rajapaksa confirmed that Gen. Sarath Fonseka would be stripped of his rank, medals and other military

Officials: Alleged US missiles kill 12 in Pakistan

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 4:42PM UTC

Suspected U.S. missiles killed 12 people in a Pakistani tribal region filled with Islamist insurgents bent on pushing Western troops out of neighboring Afghanistan, intelligence officials said. Elsewhere in the country, gunmen targeted non-ethnic Baluchis traveling on a bus and painting a house in two attacks in southwestern Baluchistan province

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