The wRap Indonesia: Aceh to cane gays, haze reaches Thailand
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From gays in Aceh subject to caning if caught having sex, to the haze hitting Thailand, here are the top stories to start your day.
1. Caning of gays caught having sex
Gay people caught having sex in Indonesia's staunchly Islamic Aceh province will from Friday, October 22 be punished by 100 strokes of the cane, an official said, despite criticism of the "inhumane" law.
Under an Islamic bylaw, anal sex between men and "the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation" is outlawed. The rule applies to all Muslims including foreigners, provincial sharia chief Syahrizal Abbas told AFP. Read more.
2. Jail for journalists?
Prosecutor Bani Ginting told Batam district court that Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, had been proven "legally and convincingly guilty" of misusing their tourist visas for "inappropriate activity." Read more.
3. Haze hits Thailand
For nearly two months, thousands of fires caused by slash-and-burn farming have suffocated vast expanses of Southeast Asia, causing rates of respiratory illnesses to soar, schools to close, and scores of flights and some international events to be canceled. Read more.
4. Santos soars on bid refusal
And while jitters over China's economics malaise kept equities on edge, increasing confidence that the Federal Reserve will delay an interest rate rise until the new year continued to lend broad support to emerging-market currencies. Read more.
5. Women in the tech scene
Where is the future generation? Who are the young female leaders next in line to “smash the glass ceiling”? Here are 8 women under 30 we’ve noticed as emerging talents in Indonesia’s tech world. Read more. – Rappler.com