» 09/12/2013, 00.00
Jakarta hosts 'Miss Muslimah World', the Islamic response to Miss World
Next week, the capital will host a beauty pageant that "respects" Muslim customs and traditions. For the event, organisers consulted Islamic experts and scholars. Six Muslim nations will be represented. Controversy and threats still surround Miss World 2013 in Bali but for the government, "the show must go on."
Indonesian Islamists "cancel" bikini walk, 2013 Miss World contestants to wear sarong
The 2013 contest is set for September in Bali and Bogor. In recent weeks, radical Islamists staged protests against the beauty contest because it is against "Islamic values". Jakarta governor, a moderate Muslim, is also against the bikini. The decision to drop the bikini walk was taken to avoid violence.
Jakarta, Islamic extremists rise against Miss World and anti-terrorist squad
The notorious Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) demands the suppression of beauty contest, claiming it is foreign to the "national culture" and foments "carnal desire". Densus-88, the special anti terrorist units guilty of killing innocent civilians during a raid, also targeted by fundamentalists.
Catholic schools in Central Java threatened with closure for not teaching Islam
Tegal District leaders and Catholic representatives hold special meeting. Sister Madeleine rejects accusations and reiterates her schools' policy, from kindergarten to high school. Muslim parents with children in Catholic schools agree, defending the latter's independence.
Moderate Muslims and Islamists clash over Chinese New Year
Controversy surrounds the celebration. For extremists, it is a non-Islamic, Buddhist celebration, and should therefore not be observed. For moderates, it is part of the country's tradition and culture. President Yudhoyono is criticised for failing to protect minorities and stopping fundamentalism.
The Emperor of Japan in Saipan: a symbolic visit
Despite controversy in the international press, Emperor Akihito undertook this visit to "commemorate, independently of nationality, people who lost their lives in the Second World War".
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