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Source: The Guradian

Indonesia to free radical cleric linked to Bali bombings

Friday 23:39 GMT

Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesia’s president has said.

A large number of the more than 200 people killed in the 2002 bombings of Bali nightclubs were Australian, and Canberra has previously urged against leniency for Bashir. The attack spurred Indonesia to set up its now elite anti-terrorism squad Densus 88, or Detachment 88, which received funds and training from Australia and the US.

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Source: The Guradian

Vote 'Dildo for Indonesia': rivals for president find young voters hard to please

Saturday 02:25 GMT

With voters aged 17-40 accounting for about 40% of the electorate, both presidential candidates have tried hard to appeal to young voters, especially online.

The world’s third-largest democracy heads to the polls in April, and millennials will account for 80 out of 187 million voters, but some young voters are not enthused about the choices in front of them. On Thursday night in the first of five presidential debates – focused on law, human rights, terrorism and corruption – neither candidate veered much off script, with analysts suggesting they failed to articulate creative visions for some of Indonesia’s most deep-rooted problems.


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