» 03/07/2009, 00.00
East Java, policewomen must wear Islamic veil
The new chief of police has issued a "nonbinding" order for all women in uniform. Police officers are also asked to pray five times a day. The headquarters in Java has approved the norm, and says that the agents are "free" to decide whether to follow it.
Two female Kuwaiti ministers risk "dismissal" for not wearing the veil
A parliamentary committee has decided that their attire, without the hijab, violates the constitution and the electoral law. The matter will now be submitted to a vote in parliament.
In Padang, Islamic law is now imposed on all
The controversial local laws inspired by sharia are now being applied to non-Muslim citizens. Female students who do not wear the headscarf are suspended, and few have the courage to rebel, because of fear of reprisals from fundamentalists.
Execution of Bali bombers tomorrow. Island on high alert
The authors of the massacre in 2002 will be killed by firing squad tomorrow at dawn. Indonesian security forces are afraid of terrorist attacks and violent demonstrations, even following the execution of the three Islamic militants. Extraordinary security measures to protect possible targets of attacks in the country.
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.
Indonesian president: "War in Holy Land does not have religious roots"
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks for the first time about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He explains that this is the result of "political problems," over the "control of the territories," and excludes motivations of a confessional character. The government has provided for the sending of humanitarian aid; Islamic extremist fringe groups are recruiting "volunteers for jihad."
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