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Aceh, Islamists attack churches: one dead and four wounded
The mob of fundamentalists set fire to a church, claiming it was illegal and without building permits. Attempts to set fire to a second triggered clashes with the local population. Several Christian families flee in fear of more violence. In the coming days another 10 Christian places of worship will be demolished.
Guantanamo detainee Hambali is the mastermind of the Bali massacre and the attack against Christians
He is being accused by two former militants of Jemaah Islamiah, sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in attacks on churches in 2000. The country is facing the problem of where he should be sent: his return home would strengthen the fundamentalist wing of the country, which considers him a "hero" because of his years in Guantanamo.
Sumatra: in one month authorities block the construction of five churches
They lack building permits and construction must be stopped. The latest case in Bungo district; local administration exclude reasons of "discriminatory" or "confessional" nature. The leaders of the Christian community explain: present since 2004 and so far "there have never been problems". Private homes instead of a place of worship.
West Java, a crowd of 150 Muslims block construction of Protestant church
Demonstration of extremists prompts authorities to revoke the building permits. Local official: the signatures collected are "irregular". The final decision of waiting for today. The Conference of Bishops makes a formal protest in Parliament.
Indonesian Christians sceptical about new decree on places of worship
The revision of controversial decree regulating building places of worship is completed. Christians react as Muslim leaders express their support.
Anger and confusion among Bali victims' families after Umar Patek sentenced to 20 years
Yesterday, the West Jakarta District Court convicted the mastermind of the 2002 attack that killed more than 200 people. Legal experts blame the public prosecutor for the lenient sentence. Relatives are upset by the "disappointing" verdict, which does not serve justice. Defence lawyers will decide whether to launch an appeal to reduce the sentence.
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