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FEATURE: Indonesia trying to reform ex-militants

In the heart of Solo city, not far from the Islamic boarding school founded by the radical cleric who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, the staff of an unremarkable-looking restaurant prepare for another day serving the humble staples of the Indonesian diet to hungry locals.FULL STORY

US strikes hit Taliban in Afghanistan

The US military has launched its first airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan since US President Barack Obama’s decision earlier this month to expand US involvement against the insurgents, US officials said on Friday. Officials said the strikes began in the past week and were againstFULL STORY

China media scoff at ‘Brexit,’ but upbeat on UK ties

Chinese state media yesterday offered snide criticism of the negative consequences of democracy after Britain voted to leave the EU, but vowed to stand by the “golden age” of Sino-British ties. Although China and Britain have a history of disputes over human rights and the futureFULL STORY

Climate protesters kayak to Australian PM’s home

A group of kayakers paddled to a tiny beach outside the Australian prime minister’s Sydney harborside home yesterday to call for action on climate change ahead of next weekend’s election. Protester Joseph Sikulu said he felt that the issue had dropped off the agenda ahead ofFULL STORY

US to blame for nuclearization, N Korea official says

The top North Korean official for US relations told reporters on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches such as the ones earlier this week as long as itFULL STORY

Journalists still held over call for China’s Xi to quit

A Chinese media outlet that carried a call for Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) to resign has been shut down and two of its staff have been detained for more than 100 days, according to a social media post on Friday. Wujie News Web site inFULL STORY

Beijing ramps up controls on paid-for Internet search ads

China’s Internet regulator yesterday said that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid for and limiting their numbers. The Chinese government already exercises widespread controls over the Internet and has sought to codify that policy inFULL STORY

IS captures 900 Kurdish civilians

Islamic State (IS) group militants have abducted about 900 Kurdish civilians in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo over the past three weeks, forcing the captives to build fortifications for the militants in retaliation for a Kurdish-led assault on a nearby IS stronghold, activists saidFULL STORY

British ‘exit’ vote a sign of anti-elite revolt: analysts

It was Britain’s poorer and less-educated citizens — angry at not having shared in the economic benefits of a new world order — who pushed it out of the EU, in a vote that threatens elites, analysts said. They are those who suffered the worst hangoverFULL STORY

Euroskeptic English resort hopes for sunny future

With its deserted casinos, ice-cream parlors and seagulls circling above a lofty Victorian pier, the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea is like a postcard for the Britain of yesteryear. Nostalgia for the domestic beach tourism heyday of the 1940s to the 1980s is palpable in thisFULL STORY

Pope denounces Armenian genocide to standing ovation

Pope Francis yesterday demanded that the world never forget the victims of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians at the country’s imposing genocide memorial, hours after drawing a standing ovation from his hosts when he declared the slaughter a planned genocide aimed at annihilating an entireFULL STORY

Tunisia flaunts security a year after beach attack

Policemen on horseback amble among the sunbathers and new metal detectors dot hotel entrances in Tunisia as the North African country seeks to bring back tourists one year after a seaside massacre. Authorities and hotel managers hope improved security can help to win back the trustFULL STORY

West Virginia floods kill at least 23

All Karol Dunford has left is a dirty nightgown, caked in mud from the floodwaters that ravaged her West Virginia town and killed at least 23. She lost the trailer where she lived for 30 years. She lost her wheelchair, her medicine and her bestFULL STORY

Maduro recall petition vote passes threshold

Opposition leaders in Venezuela on Friday said they have finished the process of authenticating signatures on a petition to recall Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and have enough to hold a referendum on removing him. “The number of signatures has clearly exceeded the minimum needed,” said VicenteFULL STORY

Sanders helps draft Democrats’ platform

Democrats approved a draft of the party platform early yesterday that includes steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocates for a US$15 an hour wage and urges the abolition of the death penalty, reflecting the influence of US Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. SupportersFULL STORY

Trump finds few willing to work for his campaign

To compete against Democratic US presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republican hopeful Donald Trump has finally conceded, he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. Yet he is finding that many of the Republican Party’s most experienced political aidesFULL STORY

Wife of US’ lowest-paid governor takes a waitressing job

The waitress bounded with a cup of chowder and a plate of fish and broccoli. It was Ann LePage’s first double shift at McSeagull’s, a bustling restaurant touting double-wrapped bacon scallops and views of Boothbay Harbor. The wife of Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage had keptFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

BERMUDA Voters reject gay marriage A strong majority of voters have opposed same-sex marriage in a non-binding referendum in the British island territory. Results showed large majorities voting against same-sex marriage and civil unions in separate questions, but the referendum was invalidated because turnout was below 50FULL STORY

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