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13 dead in Indonesian army helicopter crash

Thirteen people were killed Saturday when an Indonesian army helicopter carrying construction workers crashed in the jungles of Borneo as it came in to land, an official said. "Thirteen people died in the crash while the rest suffered burn injuries," military spokesman Iskandar Sitompul told AFP. There were 21 people on board, he said. Earlier reports said nine people had been injured in the crash, in the Malinau district of North Kalimantan province in the Indonesian part of Borneo island.

Malaysian tribes protest mega-dam

Hundreds of Malaysian tribespeople Wednesday began a blockade against the construction of a new dam set to force them from their homes in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, activists said. The Baram dam is the latest in a series of controversial hydroelectric mega-dams planned by the Sarawak government as it pushes economic development in one of Malaysia's poorest states.

Malaysian tribes protest mega-dam

Hundreds of Malaysian tribespeople blockaded the construction site of a new dam Thursday which is set to force them from their homes in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, activists said. The Baram dam is the latest in a series of controversial hydroelectric mega-dams planned by the Sarawak government as it pushes economic development in one of Malaysia's poorest states.

Malaysia curbs on use of 'Allah' hurting moderate Muslim image

By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's self-styled image as a global leader of moderate Islam has been undermined by a court ruling that only Muslims can use the word "Allah" to refer to God, with a growing number of Muslim scholars and commentators condemning the decision. A Malaysian court ruled last week that the word was "not an integral part of the faith in Christianity", overturning a previous ruling that allowed a Malay-language Roman Catholic newspaper to use the word.

Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments

Based on the details of particular cases, punishments can include stoning to death for adulterers, severing of limbs for theft and flogging for violations ranging from abortion to consumption of alcohol, according to a copy of the code.

Malaysian court rules use of 'Allah' exclusive to Muslims

By Siva Sithraputhran PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

16 hospitalised after plane crashes in Malaysian Borneo

Sixteen people were taken to hospital for checks after a passenger plane crashed in eastern Malaysia on Thursday, the airline said, and media reports said three of them were seriously injured. National carrier Malaysia Airlines said the Twin Otter propeller plane took off from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state, but landed short of the runway in Kudat about 150 kilometres (94 miles) northeast. "No reported fatalities as of now. Focus of the airline is on the rescue of passengers and crew," it said in a statement less than two hours after the afternoon crash.

Japan, Brunei agree to strengthen energy cooperation

Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei agreed Wednesday to strengthen energy cooperation between the two countries, including exports of liquefied natural gas to Japan and the development of renewable energy, Japanese officials said.

Obama cancels Asian trip due to gov't shutdown

Washington, Oct 4 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama decided to cancel his trip to Indonesia and Brunei due to the crisis brought on by the partial shutdown of the federal government, the White House said. The president had earlier eliminated two stops from the trip, while keeping to his plan of attending regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei. Obama ultimately decided to remain in Washington "to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government," the White House said in a statement.

Malaysian natives protest as dam begins to fill

A state-linked Malaysian energy firm said Monday it had begun filling the reservoir behind a controversial dam as a group of angry tribespeople protested. Some 100 Penan tribespeople from seven villages set up a blockade last week on the only road to the remote, $1.3 billion Murum dam on Borneo island in the state of Sarawak, activists said. "More than 100 Penans have set up a human blockade to demand 500,000 ringgit($156,225) for the loss of their land, property and livelihood," said Mark Bujang, secretary of the Save Sarawak Rivers Network.
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