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Christian man whipped 36 times for selling alcohol and violating Sharia law

Jono Simbolon, an Indonesian Christian was sentenced to 36 lashes with a rattan stick.  The punishment was so brutal that a doctor checked his health after 10 stokes, before allowing the flogging to continue. Simbolon was arrested in October, in the northern Indonesian province of Aceh, for selling alcohol, in violation of Islamic law. He is only the third non-Muslim to suffer a public whipping.  Despite being a part of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Aceh is Indonesia’s only province that implements Islamic law. Simbolon was one of 10…

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Bitcoin CRACKDOWN in UK holiday hotspot as it becomes a HAVEN for transactions

Police and central bank officials launched an undercover operation at the end of 2017 to investigate dozens of businesses on the island which had posted adverts offering bitcoin payment services, according to Causa Iman Karana, head of Bank Indonesia’s representative office in Bali. He said: “We are conducting data collection in Bali, especially in tourist areas, coordinating with police. Transactions in other than Rupiah will be dealt with. “We found out from some postings on social media that Bali appeared to have become a haven for bitcoin transactions.” According to…

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Layoffs strike as Firefox’s Mozilla reworks Asian operations – CNET

Mozilla’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox web browser, has cut dozens of staff in its Taiwan office as it shifts its priorities in Asia. Formerly, the Taiwan office supported Mozilla’s broader, global open-source software efforts. Now, it’s making changes so it can “better meet the unique needs of consumers in emerging markets across Asia,” Mozilla said in a statement. Mozilla declined to comment on layoffs, but people familiar with its operations said the cut was deep, affecting dozens of people. In its…

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Bali volcano eruption update: Mount Agung and Mount Sinabung spew smoke and ash into sky

Mount Agung in Bali erupted around 7.23am local time on Monday, spewing volcanic ash 2,000m into the sky, according to Indonesian officials.  Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), said the eruption was of a medium intensity, accompanied by smoke and grey ash. Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Agung blanketed the villages of Kesimpar and Kertamandala Kec Abang. No casualties have been reported. Just over 1,400 miles away in Northern Sumatra, the other erupting volcano Mount Sinabung was pictured sending up a dramatic column…

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Mayon volcano map: Where is Mount Mayon in Philippines? Volcano ERUPTS

Officials from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert level to level 3 on Sunday afternoon, indicating the volcano is in a critical stage. And the Philippines’ chief volcanologist Renato Solidum warned of a possible hazardous eruption at Mount Mayon “within weeks or even within days”. According to Phivolcs, a “bright crater glow” at the summit crater indicates “the growth of a new lava dome and beginnings of lava flow towards the southern slopes”. Mayon volcano eruption update: Will the Philippines volcano erupt? Lava has flowed…

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BREAKING: Casualties feared as floor collapses at Indonesia stock exchange

Around a dozen injured people were carried out on stretchers, according to an eyewitness. Pictures emerging from the scene show the size and scale of the damage that caused “many casualties” according to reports. ABC’s South-East Asian correspondent posted on social media as he pictured the devastating wreckage. He wrote: “Floor collapse. Many casualties. “Spoke to worker on 23rd floor of building – heard loud thud and building shook before she was evacuated.” More to follow…

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Norwegians to Trump, we don’t want to move to the U.S.

OSLO, Norway — On a quiet winter morning, Ingvild Rosseland walked her two dogs through a snowy forest in Huk, a public park in the capital of Norway — a country recently designated by President Donald Trump as not being a “shithole.” The president used the vulgarity while referring to immigration from African nations, and told a group of lawmakers that the United States should have more people coming from places like the Scandinavian nation, according to a Democratic aide. “It’s nice that people want us,” Rosseland, 40, said as…

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Bali volcano update LIVE: Mount Sinabung erupts as Mount Agung comes to life again

Mount Sinabung has erupted in North Sumatra, blasting ash thousands of metres from the volcano Residents near Sinabung warned to beware of flowing lava Mount Agung in Bali producing dangerous mudflows known as lahars  Volcano warning stands at maximum level in both Bali and North Sumatra Here is the latest news and live updates on Sinabung and Agung (all times in GMT).  10.59am: Sinabung locals told to brace for flowing lava Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), has urged residents living near Mount Sinabung to beware…

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Mount Sinabung ERUPTS: Volcano spews molten lava and ash over Indonesia in Ring of Fire

The enormous volcano was dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010, and has since remained highly active and erupted several times. While today’s eruption is the first of 2018 the volcano actually erupted just a fortnight ago, spewing huge plumes of smoke into the skies above the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Locals watched as the skies turned grey when the suffocating volcanic ash billowed out, but fortunately the eruption didn’t cause any casualties. The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned against locals getting near the danger…

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Bali volcano update: Terrifying video shows Mount Agung ERUPTION hurling ash into sky

Mount Agung sent the huge ash plume 2,500m into the sky, with shock video footage of the event serving as a reminder that the danger of eruption has not yet passed. Webcam video shows the Bali volcano begin to spew ash on Thursday, January 11, at around 5.54pm local time. Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management confirmed the news of the eruption. BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said ash poured down on the villages of Kubu and Tulamben near popular dive sites with impressive reefs. Last time Mount Agung erupted,…

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