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Exchange programme bringing young people from different faiths together aims to foster experience of diversity. Recent figures suggest Indonesia’s tradition of religious tolerance is being strained. More than 280 cases of violence were reported in the first half of this year. But a group of volunteers is trying to tackle the problem with an exchange […]
Security tightened at Buddhist sites, with number of police and guards at the famed Borobudur temple doubled to 418. Fears of fresh attacks at Indonesia’s Buddhist sites have prompted a security clampdown, just days after a temple bombing. The clampdown came as tens of millions of Muslims across the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday on […]
US president cancels bilateral talks in wake of Kremlin’s decision to grant asylum to intelligence leaker Snowden. Russia has voiced disappointment with US President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel his Moscow summit with President Vladimir Putin, but said it remains ready to co-operate on bilateral and international issues. Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters on […]
Chinese scientists offer first clear evidence that H7N9 strain is sometimes able to spread from person to person. Chinese scientists have reported the first likely case of direct human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed over 40 people since March. The development was “worrying” and should be closely watched, the team […]
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) declared that the military operation in Aceh, which lasted from 1989 until a peace deal was signed in 2005, could be categorized as a gross human rights violation and that the Indonesian Military (TNI) was responsible for the atrocities. Following a tense meeting where Komnas HAM chairperson […]
A Malaysian parent uploaded a picture of school pupils having meals inside what looks like a changing room next to a toilet at a school in Selangor on July 22. The Facebook picture went viral with the suggestion that non-Muslim pupils were told to eat in the makeshift canteen during Ramadan so as not to […]
Up to 17 percent of food sold on the streets believed to contain dangerous chemicals. Iftar, or breaking the fast, is a festive time for many during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But in Indonesia this joy can disappear quickly when consuming bad street food. Authorities have found that 17 percent of the food […]
Unspecified number of embassies around the world would suspend operations on Sunday as “precautionary” step. The United States has said it would close an unspecified number of embassies around the world on Sunday over security concerns. State department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Thursday called the step “precautionary” but declined to specify the threat or […]
Amusement parks, in America at least, fill themselves with over-the-top rides and detailed architecture all catering towards immersing the visitor in the experience. Warwick Castle is more or less a subdued version of an amusement park that has enough historical context to make it an appropriate field trip destination for students. Built in 1068 by […]
Chairman of the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab, has apologized to the family of the woman who died during a clash between members of the hardline group and locals in Kendal, Central Java, and instructed all of the organization’s members not to engage in raids and vandalism. “On behalf of the FPI, I […]
Don’t try to pretend your gibes and judgments of the overweight people in your life are for their own good. Florida researchers have evidence that discriminating against fat people only makes them fatter. “People often rationalize that it’s OK to discriminate based on weight because it will motivate the victim to lose pounds,” Angelina Sutin, a […]
While SeaWorld employees will tell guests that Orcas live longer under their care, one man featured in the new documentary “Blackfish” says otherwise. “Since Orcas in their pools die young, they like to say that all Orcas die at 25 or 30 years. And of course that’s false,” the unidentified anti-captivity activist explains. “We knew […]
The world finally knows how to address the latest addition to the British royal family: HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. The baby boy is third in line to the throne, after grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William. Here’s some of the history behind the young prince’s three names: George “George” — the front-runner […]