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Indonesia boosts security after girls beheaded

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls.

Islamic feminists stage international congress

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish Muslim group is staging what it says is the first international congress on Islamic feminism this month, which will call for a reinterpretation of Islam's sacred texts, the organisers said on Wednesday.

Five Chinese nationals held over smuggling stimulants

For passion and sex, several stimulants are readily available in the market for both men and women, according to a report in I>Harian Metro/I>.

Four people killed as violence worsens in southern Thailand

A Buddhist man beheaded in southern Thailand was among four people killed in a recent spike in violence blamed on Islamic insurgents there, police said.

OIC team to assess unrest in south Thailand

A delegation from the world's largest Muslim group arrived yesterday in Thailand ahead of a visit by the organisation's leader who is to assess ongoing violence in the kingdom's Muslim-majority south.

Indon Muslim group’s leader meets Thaksin

The head of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world's largest Islamic group, began a mission here yesterday that Thailand hopes will help ease tensions in the Muslim-majority south where an insurgency is raging.

Not easy for Jolo island to shake off its violence tag

From the air, this southern island and the other surrounding isles of the Sulu archipelago look idyllic with hectares of verdant forest surrounded by white sandy beaches.

Southern Thailand rocked by bomb attacks

At least 14 people including 10 security force members were wounded yesterday in two near simultaneous bomb blasts in southern Thailand, which has been rocked by an Islamic separatist insurgency, police said.

Indon fighters heading for Fallujah

An Indonesian Muslim group said yesterday it will send volunteers to help Iraq's insurgents fight US-led forces in the city of Fallujah.

Chieftain blames it on people's aggressive reactions

The bloody clashes between the police and protesters Tuesday in which 84 people were killed could have been avoided if the people had not reacted aggressively, Tak Bai District chieftain Mustapa Chehase said Tuesday.