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Asian Muslims start Ramadan

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 14:28

Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan today, but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid "sinful" bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup.

Indonesia raids huge red-light district before Ramadan

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 19:48

Hundreds of police and soldiers raided a huge red-light district in Indonesia`s second-biggest city Friday to close down brothels before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Jokowi holds on to lead ahead of Indonesia presidential vote: Poll

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 16:02

Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is holding on to his strong lead in the race to become Indonesia`s next president though it is narrowing ahead of the July 9 vote, a new opinion poll showed on Friday.

India has over 1 million children out of school: UN

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 10:22

India, Indonesia and Pakistan each have more than a million children out of school, according to a UN report which said the global number of unschooled children aged 6 to 11 is still as high as 58 million, showing little overall improvement since 2007.

Mud flung as Indonesia presidential race heats up

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 11:09

One of the two hopefuls in Indonesia`s presidential election has been accused of being a closet Christian, the other of being a foreigner and unfit to lead the nation.

Controversial Nazi-themed Indonesian cafe reopens

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 21:09

A controversial Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop last year after sparking international outrage reopened Saturday with its walls still bearing swastikas and a painting of Adolf Hitler.

Two Indonesians held after fatal Malaysia boat accidents

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 15:28

Malaysian authorities said Friday they have arrested two Indonesian men in connection with one of two boat accidents that have left 15 people dead and 27 others still missing.

Indonesia fears terror return as fighters head to Syria, Iraq

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 09:19

Indonesians are joining the procession of jihadists to Syria and Iraq, sparking fears they will revive sophisticated militant networks when they return and undermine a decade-long crackdown that has crippled the most dangerous cells.

Death toll rises to 15 in twin Malaysian boat accidents

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 09:16

Malaysian authorities said Friday a 15th body was found and 27 people remain missing from two boat accidents, at a time when Indonesian illegal migrant workers head home for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

35 missing in two boat accidents off Malaysia

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 15:46

Malaysian authorities on Thursday were searching for 35 people missing at sea following two boat accidents at a time when many illegal migrant workers head home to Indonesia for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Sunken Malaysia boat was massively overloaded: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 09:28

The boat that sank off Malaysia with 97 Indonesian illegal migrants was likely carrying three times more passengers than it could safely transport, authorities said Wednesday as they expanded a search for 26 still missing.

27 missing, nine dead after boat sinks off Malaysia

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 19:29

Twenty-seven people were missing on Wednesday and nine were confirmed dead after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants headed home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia.