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Indonesia's Islamic Aceh province canes unwed couples

 Three couples were publicly caned in Indonesia's Aceh today after the unmarried university students were caught spending time alone together in violation of the province's strict Islamic laws.

Three dead in shootout with police in Indonesia`s Aceh

Three gunmen were killed in violent clashes with Indonesian security forces in Aceh, police said Thursday, jolting the westernmost province as it prepares to mark a decade of peace.

Hundreds of "boat people" land in Indonesia

Hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants landed in Indonesia`s northwestern Aceh province early on Wednesday, an Indonesian search and rescue official said.

1,000 South Asian migrants reach Sumatran shores

Some 1,000 Rohingyas and Bangladeshi migrants arrived safely in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Friday after receiving help from fishermen, officials reported.

About 1,400 migrants rescued off Indonesia, Malaysia

 A second boat carrying hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh has been rescued off Indonesia`s far west coast, an official said Monday, less than a day after nearly 600 others arrived in a wooden vessel seeking refuge.

Indonesia set to begin tsunami memorials

Thousands of people were due on Thursday at a memorial in Indonesia's Aceh province, the epicentre of the Indian Ocean tsunami, as the world prepared to mark a decade since a disaster that took 220,00 lives and laid waste to coastal areas in 14 countries.

Indonesia floods displace over 34,000 people

 Floods in Indonesia`s Aceh and West Java areas since Thursday have displaced 34,642 people, an official said Tuesday.

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to conflict-riven Aceh

When a tsunami engulfed Indonesia's Aceh a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace.

Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex

Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia`s staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

Three shot dead in Indonesia`s Aceh ahead of elections

Gunmen riding a motorcycle have shot dead three people including a toddler in Indonesia`s Aceh, police said Tuesday, the latest violence in the western province before legislative elections next week.

5.9-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia kills one

A strong quake measuring 5.9 on Richter scale struck Indonesia’s Aceh province at early dawn on Tuesday, killing one eight year old girl and injuring eight, reports said.

Quake hits Indonesia

earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia`s Aceh province Thursday.

Indonesian city bans women from ‘straddling motorbikes’

A city in an Indonesian province that follows Sharia law has banned women from straddling on motorbikes behind male drivers.

Indonesia: 20 churches face demolition

The core of the problem is the contradictory regulations between 2007 gubernatorial decree and 2006 joint ministerial decree.

No Tsunami threat, situation under control: Indonesian Prez

The tsunami warning was lifted five hours after the major 8.6 magnitude quake hit Indonesia.

Sri Lanka lifts tsunami warning

Sri Lanka`s Meteorological Department lifted a tsunami warning on Wednesday almost four hours after issuing it.

Indonesia says it reduced cleric`s term due to age

Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty in March of helping plan a terror attack and fund a jihadi training camp in Aceh province.

Amnesty urges caning repeal in Indonesia`s Aceh

Amnesty said caning defies UN Convention against Torture ratified by country.

Indonesian terror suspects go on trial

The extremists are accused of plotting to kill Westerners including tourists.

Indonesia police kill, capture more terror suspects in Aceh

Indonesia police said on Monday they had shot dead an Islamic militant involved in the beheading of three schoolgirls in 2005 and captured three other men in raids in Aceh province in Sumatra.