Associated Press/Photo by Binsar Bakkara

Indonesia deploys 150,000 police to protect churches for Christmas

by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 12/21/15, 09:40 am

Concerned about the threat of Islamic terrorism, Indonesian authorities dispatched 150,000 police officers to protect churches in North Sumatra province during the Christmas season.

Authorities in the majority-Muslim country worry about growing support for ISIS among Indonesia’s Muslim extremists. According to The Wall Street Journal, entire families have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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Photo by Sophia Lee

Surviving the concrete jungle of Jakarta

by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/04/15, 02:39 pm

WORLD reporter Sophia Lee is traveling through Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, and other Southeast Asian countries. She’s sending us regular reports of what she sees, feels, and does—Nellie Bly–style.

JAKARTA, Indonesia—The city may be paved with cement and asphalt, and its ever-shifting skyline may glimmer and blink like Manhattan’s, but Jakarta is still very much a jungle.

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Associated Press/Photo by Jossy Ola

Globe Trot: Boko Haram behind two bombings in northern Nigeria

by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/23/15, 12:25 pm

NIGERIA: Twin bomb blasts have killed at least 17 in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and headquarters of Boko Haram. Another blast is reported this hour in Yola, killing 14. Nigeria’s police chief is warning residents not to pick up abandoned iPads or laptops—items Boko Haram terrorists are using to conceal explosives.

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