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Shariah Court in Indonesia Sentences Gay Couple to Caning

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.

Malaysia Seizes 330 Exotic Tortoises From Madagascar

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian authorities say they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit (USD $276,721) in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country.

On Back of ‘Ransomware’ Attack, Indonesia Urges Businesses to Update Security

LONDON — The Indonesian government is urging businesses to update computer security after two hospitals were affected by a "ransomware" cyberattack that has hit dozens of countries.

Indonesian Seafood Enforcer’s Method? She Blows Up Ships.

WASHINGTON — A high school dropout turned seafood entrepreneur is leading Indonesia's crackdown on illegal fishing, winning plaudits from conservationists and awards as far...

Malaysia Firefighters Rescue Turtle Trapped in Power Station

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian firefighters have rescued a 60-kilogram (132 pounds) turtle found firmly stuck to a flood gate at a power station near the Malacca Strait.

Vigils Held for Christian Politician Imprisoned in Indonesia

JAKARTA — The imprisonment of a Christian politician for blaspheming Islam has triggered an outpouring of anger and support around Indonesia.

Death Toll Now 5 in Worst Attack on UN in Central African Republic

UNITED NATIONS — The death toll has risen to five in the worst attack on U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic with the discovery of the body of a missing Moroccan soldier, the United Nations said Thursday.

China’s New Silk Road Stirs Unease on its Strategic Goals

BEIJING — In a mountain valley in Kashmir, plans are under way for Chinese engineers guarded by Pakistani forces to expand the lofty Karakoram Highway in a project that is stirring diplomatic friction with India.

Vietnam Puts Pork on Menus as Farmers Face Glut, Low Prices

XUAN SON, Vietnam — Pork may be hogging menus in Vietnam's factories and army canteens for some time to come, as the country tries to keep pig farmers stricken by a glut in supply from going under.

Jakarta Governor Given 2-Year Prison Sentence for Blasphemy

JAKARTA — An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran at a trial that undermined the country's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.

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