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Indonesian prosecutors urge light sentence in blasphemy case

Persecution | Recommendation comes a day after Jakarta’s Christian governor loses election to Muslim opponent
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/20/17, 10:23 am

Prosecutors in the blasphemy case against Indonesian Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama are asking a Jakarta court to give him two years probation for the offense.

Today’s sentencing hearing took place one day after Ahok lost Jakarta’s gubernatorial race. Millions of people went to the polls Wednesday and elected former Cabinet minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s next governor.

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Globe Trot: The wisdom of pingpong over Pyongyang

International | Tension builds between United States and North Korea
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/19/17, 04:20 pm

NORTH KOREA: The commander of the USS Carl Vinson Pacific carrier strike group said its deployment is being extended 30 days “to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula” as

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Photo by Mindy Belz

Globe Trot: Iraq’s grisly liberation

International | Brave U.S. relief workers offer aid amidst the destruction
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/03/17, 12:41 pm

IRAQ: See my report in the latest issue of WORLD Magazine from the Mosul area on the grisly liberation of long-held areas from ISIS—explosives labs, buried IEDs, tunnels, and block upon block of destruction remain, but a few brave U.S.-led humanitarian relief organizations also are pressing into the front lines.

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