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Why Indonesians of different faiths are mourning Ahmad Syafi’i Ma’arif, the Islamic scholar who preached ‘co-existence’ over tolerance

Wed, 2022-06-08 08:29
Ahmad Syafi’i Ma’arif wanted Islam in Indonesia to co-exist with other faiths, but his nuanced ideas were misunderstood, and often rubbed ultraconservative Muslims the wrong way.
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US must accept Southeast Asia wants China to play a central Indo-Pacific role

Wed, 2022-06-08 03:30
Insisting on a ‘with us or against us’ world view will leave Washington out of step with an Indo-Pacific eager for Chinese involvement and cooperation instead of confrontation.
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India’s ruling party asks officials to exercise caution on religious issues after Islamic nations protest

Wed, 2022-06-08 00:02
‘We are not barred from speaking on sensitive religious issues, but we must never insult the basic tenets of any religion,’ a senior BJP spokesperson said. India’s Muslims have felt more pressure about freedom of worship under PM Modi’s party.
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Indonesian colonel sentenced to life in prison for killing teenagers

Tue, 2022-06-07 21:10
After knocking them over with his car, Colonel Priyanto and two of his subordinates tossed their bodies into the river – but one of the victims was still alive.
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Japan, Nato strengthen ties amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – step up military action

Tue, 2022-06-07 20:04
‘The security of Europe and Asia are closely intertwined, especially now with the international community facing serious challenges,’ Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi said after meeting with NatoMilitary chief.
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Myanmar junta’s ‘cold blooded assassination’: rights groups condemn decision to hang political prisoners

Tue, 2022-06-07 19:02
Two veteran pro-democracy activists are among four men whose death penalty sentences have been approved by the junta; executions, which would be the first in decades, are aimed at scaring anyone opposing military rule, say campaigners.
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Pacific tensions: New Zealand leaders call for less ‘patronising’ approach to island nations

Tue, 2022-06-07 18:56
Pacific countries can make their own decisions about engaging with China, Jacinda Ardern says, after Beijing reportedly sought a Pacific agreement with 10 nations, sparking debate about the influence of major powers.
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Thailand urged to let refugee status of stranded Rohingya be evaluated by UN

Tue, 2022-06-07 17:52
The 59 ethnic Rohingya travelled from Bangladesh on a fishing boat and the ship’s captain left them on a Thai island telling them it was Malaysia – a country relatively lenient to arriving migrants.
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What caused a Malaysian man to slice his mother into 15 pieces in alleged murder?

Tue, 2022-06-07 17:49
A dispute over inheritance drove a Malaysian man to murder his mother and dump her mutilated body in a sewage tank at their house. Police said the suspect was suffering from mental health problems.
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US, S Korea fly 20 fighter jets over N Korea in ‘swift and forceful’ response, a day after warning

Tue, 2022-06-07 17:21
The joint air demonstration was intended display the ability to rapidly respond to N Korean provocations, chiefs of staff said, while N Korea has long condemned the allies’ combined military exercises as invasion rehearsals.
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