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Rouhani: ‘Insulting the Prophet is insulting all Muslims’

KONFRONTASI- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has denounced France’s treatment of Islam, adding that Western support for cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad is unethical and insulting to Muslims.

In a televised cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the president said freedom must be accompanied by a respect for values and consideration of ethics.

“Westerners must understand the great Prophet of Islam is loved by all Muslims and freedom-lovers of the world,” Rouhani said.

Joint Statement Regarding Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper's Meeting With Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto

WASHINGTON DC- Today, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper met with Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto at the Pentagon to discuss regional security, bilateral defense priorities, and defense acquisitions.

Millions of Middle Class Southeast Asians Are Falling Into Poverty

KONFRONTASI -  As the coronavirus pandemic derails economies worldwide, many of the newly poor will come from Southeast Asia, dealing a huge setback to a region that had been prospering from a surging middle class.

The job losses are pausing the outsized boom Southeast Asia has experienced in recent years, with economies possibly taking years to fully recover.

Indonesia Has 270 Million People—and One of the World’s Lowest Covid-19 Testing Rates

KONFRONTASI -    Seven months since its first coronavirus case was reported, the world’s fourth most populous country is still largely flying blind. It has tested a smaller share of its population than every other major economy. By Jon Emont Seven months since its first coronavirus case was reported, the world’s fourth most populous country is still largely flying blind. Indonesia, an archipelago nation of 270 million people, has tested a smaller share of its population than every other major economy.

Trump aims for Michigan victory over Biden, seeking another upset

KONFRONTASI-Terri Loffreda-Weston recently wore her red “Make America Great Again” hat to a boat club in Macomb County, Michigan, where Kid Rock was singing country ballads in front of a giant American flag for a predominantly older white crowd of Donald Trump supporters.

Few wore masks at the outdoor event, although Loffreda-Weston said sanitiser was available and there were temperature checks. She was excited she got to shake Donald Trump Jr’s hand. She said it was “uplifting” to see so many people supporting the president.

Palestine quits Arab League role in protest over Israel deals

KONFRONTASI-Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal ties with Israel.

Palestinians see the deals which the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory.

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