IS “embarrassing” Muslims

The president of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State  “embarrassing” to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq[…]

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Indonesian president dismisses IS recruitment call

Indonesia’s president dismissed a call to arms to Indonesians by the Islamic State rebels in the Middle East Friday, saying the group’s version of Islam is heretical. IS’s attempt to spread its ideology “is a threat to our identity,” Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told parliament ahead of Independence Day. “Leaders across[…]

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Fraud fears in Indonesia elections

With both presidential candidates declaring victory in Indonesia’s knife-edge election this week, anxiety is growing that fraud and dirty tactics could twist official results due to be announced later this month. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, used different unofficial tallies Wednesday to claim victory[…]

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25,000 flee volcano

More than 25,000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from a volcano in Indonesia, an official said Sunday. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent hot rocks and ash up to 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) in the air “several times” on[…]

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