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Megawati picks cleric as her running mate

Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri chose yesterday the leader of the country's largest Muslim group as the vice presidential candidate on her ticket in the July 5 presidential race.

Indon government slammed over ‘haj mark-ups’

Indonesia's largest Muslim group attacked the government's management of local citizens' haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, saying the process was rife with corruption and should be cleaned up, media reports said yesterday.

Hijab hip

Islam's all-enveloping I>hijab/Idress is hip in Indonesia, reports TOMI SOETJIPTO.

Amien: Islamic vote alone won’t help me

B>JAKARTA:/BAmien Rais, head of Indonesia's supreme legislature, said yesterday that concentrating on the Islamic vote would not win him the presidency in next year's elections.

Bush praises Indon efforts

US President George W. Bush praised Indonesia yesterday for its support in the war on terror and said Islamic terrorists defiled one of the great faiths.

Ulama to tell Bush cause of terror

When President George W. Bush meets Indonesia's leading I>ulama/Itoday, they will tell him US policies in the Middle East, seen as favouring Israel, are one of the root causes of terror attacks in Asia.

Al-Qaeda suspect, militants held

B>PESHAWAR:/BPakistani authorities have arrested an al-Qaeda suspect in the north and three Islamic militants in the south of the country, officials said yesterday.

Power struggle could backfire

PBDS leaders may end up the losers, as, with the general election looming, Barisan Nasioanl cannot afford to allow the rivalry in the party to continue. JANE RITIKOS reports.

Abdul Hamid: PAS turning blind eye

Some PAS leaders are aware of their members giving wrong interpretations of Islam but do not act in order to preserve their political agenda, said Religious Adviser to the Prime Minister Tan Sri Abdul Hamid noshade size=1 width=60% align=center>

Ops require villagers to leave homes

B>MEULABOH (Aceh):/BAt 10am, the Indonesian military (TNI) entered Blang Tengah, a village about 40km from here, and ordered the villagers to evacuate their houses and seek refuge in a safe place.