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INDONESIA - ISLAM
Banda Aceh, Islamic extremists prohibit New Year celebrations
A popular hotel in the province of Aceh has canceled a special evening of dance and concerts because of fundamentalist threats. Governor and police responsible for enforcing Islamic norms, including a ban on drinking alcohol. Concerts and dances "on any other day of the year", but not a "Christian holiday".
Tsunami: Reconstruction in Aceh and Nias Island blocked by corruption
More than 97 billion rupiahs disappear in the pockets of government officials, Christians on Nias Island complain that housing and infrastructures have not been rebuilt. Today a sombre ceremony will mark the 167,000 people who died in the tragedy.
Banda Aceh bans Christmas and New Year again
Decision taken by city mayor and provincial governor. Holidays not part of Islamic calendar and thus "morally wrong to celebrate them." Non-Muslims will be able to ring in the new year, but not in public.
Jakarta lifts Aceh emergency rule
Famine haunts the population of Simeuleu Island
The island lacks food, drinking water and medicines. In Banda Aceh makeshift shelters are being built out of tsunami rubble.
Aceh gives a hero’s welcome to former ‘Enemy Number 1’ Hasan Tiro
After almost 30 years of exile, the leader of the Free Aceh Movement sets foot on his native soil, given a hero’s welcome by citizens and local government authorities alike. In his speech he stresses the value of “peace’ and “liberty” urging the last rebel forces to give up their weapons.
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