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Indonesia’s Aceh to Take Caning Indoors After Backlash

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law to be carried out in public, its governor said Thursday, apparently in response to international condemnation of the caning last year of two men for gay sex.

7 Tatmadaw Personnel Jailed For Killing Rohingya

BANGKOK — Myanmar's military on Tuesday sentenced seven personnel to 10 years in prison and hard labor as alleged accomplices in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in troubled Rakhine state, where the country's security forces carried out a brutal crackdown against the minority group, officials said.
Malaysia's prime minister and president of the ruling party coalition "National Front," Najib Razak, center, prays at an April 7 launch event for upcoming general elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Najib Heads Into Tough Race, Vows to Make Malaysia Great

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak unveiled a lavish election manifesto with cash benefits targeting rural ethnic Malays, his key voting bloc,...
Images of inciting posts in Burmese. 'Kalar' is a derogatory term. Image: Phandeeyar

Myanmar Groups Say Facebook Hasn’t Reined In Hate Speech

BANGKOK — Civil society and rights groups in Myanmar said Facebook has failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incites violence against the country's Muslim minorities, neglecting to effectively enforce its own rules.
Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Photo: Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Facebook Faces Indonesia Investigation Over Privacy Breach

JAKARTA — Indonesian government said Friday it is investigating Facebook over the privacy breach of its Indonesian users.

Scandal-Hit Malaysian PM Calls Elections, Expected in May

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's scandal-tainted prime minister announced Friday that Parliament will be dissolved to pave the way for general elections, expected to be held next month.
Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she leaves after a court hearing Thursday at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Photo: Sadiq Asyraf / Associated Press

Malaysian Prosecutors Rest Kim Jong Nam Murder Trial Case

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Malaysian prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday against two Southeast Asian women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader in a brazen attack at an international airport.

Philippines to Shut Polluted Isle Duterte Called a Cesspool

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the closure of the tourist destination of Boracay for up to six months after saying the waters off its famed white-sand beaches had become a "cesspool" due to overcrowding and development.

Vietnam Puts 6 Activists on Trial for Alleged Subversion

HANOI — A court in Hanoi has opened trial of six activists accused of attempting to overthrow the government as communist authorities step up their crackdown on dissent.

Oil Spill That Caused Indonesia Fire Was Due to Broken Pipe

JAKARTA — An oil spill that caused a fire that killed five people and sickened hundreds in an Indonesian port city came from a broken pipe the state-owned energy company was using to transfer crude oil, police said Thursday.

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