'We Were Treated Like Animals': The Story Of Indonesia's LGBT Activists

A local politician said this year that homosexuality is "a social disease that should be eradicated."
By Dominique Mosbergen - Huffington Post
This is the first part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region and highlights the courageous work of activists there.
Hartoyo remembers that fateful night in 2007 all too clearly. He had been home with his boyfriend in the Indonesian province of Aceh when a group of people broke down the door and began ransacking the place. The strangers "dragged me, beat me, verbally abused me," Hartoyo recalled in a 2013 interview with 429Magazine. They then called the police.
"I get so angry when I remember what happened," Hartoyo told the BBC. "The police urinated on my head and beat the two of us up."

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Iraqis claim to have hit ISIS chief Baghdadi's convoy in air raid

According to ABC News, Iraqi security forces claim to have struck the convoy of Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike near the country's border with Syria.
The military said in a statement that the air force bombed the convoy as Baghdadi travelled to a meeting with IS "commanders" in Karabla, barely five kilometres from the border with Syria.
"The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group's leaders were killed and wounded," the statement said.
"Fate of murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle.
"His health condition is still unclear."

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5-year blasphemy sentence confirmed for Egyptian TV anchor

According to Ahram Online, an Egyptian appeals court upheld Saturday a five-year prison sentence against TV anchor Islam El-Behery, a prominent researcher in Islamic studies, for "contempt of religion".
El-Behery received the sentence in May and was released on bail in the case, which was filed by lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Salam.
In June, El-Behery was acquitted of charges of blasphemy in another case.
The researcher's show, With Islam, was canceled in April. It aired on satellite TV channel Al-Kahera Wal-Nas and tackled controversial issues like punishments for apostasy and different interpretations of Islam.

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FBI foils smugglers' plot to sell nuclear material to Isis

Investigation finds that Russian-linked gangs specifically targeted the extremist group
By Steve Anderson - Independent
Smuggling gangs with suspected Russian links tried to sell nuclear material to Islamic extremists from Isis, an investigation has found.
In the backwaters of Moldova, authorities working with the FBI interrupted four attempts in the past five years by the gangs that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press news agency learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from Isis.
The smuggler, Valentin Grossu, offered the supply of cesium to what he thought was an Isis representative in exchange for €2.5 million, according to the investigation. The representative was in fact an informant.

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Islamic State ties broaden Boko Haram threat

Nigeria predicts that Boko Haram will soon be defeated, but the militant group's ties with Islamic State mean that would probably push the fighters further into neighbouring countries, writes BBC Monitoring Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo.
The Nigerian military has been in overdrive in trying to control the narrative of its war against Boko Haram in recent weeks.
It says it has cornered the jihadists and the conflict will soon be over - in line with its mandate from President Muhammadu Buhari to end the crisis by mid-November.
Boko Haram's eccentric frontman Abubakar Shekau has not appeared in a video since February, when he threatened to disrupt the elections.

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Two men held on terror allegations deported to Pakistan

According to National Post, a Pakistani man accused of plotting a suicide bombing in Toronto's financial district because he thought killing Canadians was his "path to heaven" has been deported, several sources confirmed Thursday.
Jahanzeb Malik left Montreal airport escorted by Canada Border Services Agency officers. Meanwhile, a second Pakistani man also deemed a danger to security, Mohammed Aqeeq Ansari, was deported from Toronto.
The CBSA declined to comment but Malik's lawyer, Anser Farooq, confirmed his client had departed Canada. Ansari's parents were summoned to a location near Toronto airport late Wednesday to see him off, a friend said.
The removals followed weeks of diplomacy between Canada and Pakistan, which was reluctant to take the men back. The deportations were delayed for almost three months amid a flurry of meetings between the two countries.
The Pakistani High Commission in Ottawa said Friday both men had arrived in Pakistan. "They're not in custody as far as I know," said Nazia Khalid, the Press Counsellor.

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Isis planning 'nuclear holocaust' to wipe hundreds of millions from face of the earth', claims reporter who embedded with the extremists

According to Daily Mail, Islamic terrorists Isis want to wipe the west off the face of the earth with a nuclear holocaust according to a journalist who spent ten days with the group while researching a book.
The terror group allowed Jürgen Todenhöfer to embed with the group because he has been a high-profile critic of US policy in the Middle East.
The German journalist claimed the terror group wants to launch a 'nuclear tsunami' against the west and anyone else that opposes their plans for an Islamic caliphate.
The 75-year-old former German MP wrote up his findings in a new book 'Inside IS - Ten Days In The Islamic State'.
He said that upon his arrival in ISIS controlled territory, that he and his son were forced to hand over their mobile phones to their hosts.
He said he spent several months talking to the terror organisation over Skype before he was allowed to travel into their area.

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Hundreds shut out of sole session on gays at World Meeting of Families

According to RNS, Homosexuality was such a combustible topic at the World Meeting of Families, a four-day Catholic gathering under way here, that it was doused twice.
First, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput earlier this month barred LGBT Catholics from holding a workshop at a Catholic parish near the event. It moved to a local United Methodist Church instead and is operating simultaneously, but with vastly smaller numbers than the 17,000 people on hand for the main event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Then, just as the single session on homosexuality at this Vatican-approved meeting of Catholic families was to begin on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24), a conference official took the stage in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and announced the location had been moved.

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