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Jakarta: Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (pic) – known by his nickname Ahok –was surely not born under a lucky star, as less than a month after losing the election he is being forced to become an inmate of the Cipinang detention centre in East Jakarta after a court sentenced him to two years in prison for blasphemy.
KAMPALA (Reuters) - A Ugandan academic was released on bail on Wednesday after spending more than a month in jail on charges related to posts she made on Facebook criticising the country's leader of three decades, Yoweri Museveni.
GENEVA (Reuters) - As many as 450,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul's Old City, caught up in house-to-house fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi government forces and cut off from aid, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.
DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Tajik security services have detained the eldest son of a former elite police force commander who defected to Islamic State two years ago, suspecting that the young man was going to join his father, security sources said on Wednesday.
Plattsburgh, N.Y. (Reuters) - Cab driver Curtis Seymour got the call at 3:30 a.m. to pick up a passenger at the Greyhound bus station in Plattsburgh, New York, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Canadian border.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Li Heping has returned to his Beijing home after being held for nearly two years amid a sweeping clamp-down on civil society, his former lawyer said on Wednesday.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's defence minister on Wednesday promised to reform the military after the arrest of soldiers accused of plotting to carry out an attack motivated by right-wing extremism, but her pledge failed to quell growing criticism of her leadership.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of supporters of Jakarta's Christian governor sang patriotic songs outside the Indonesian capital's City Hall on Wednesday to protest his imprisonment for blasphemy after a trial that drew concerns over rising religious intolerance.