Joko Widodo

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Indonesia to Kill, Castrate Pedophiles

New rules follow rape, murder of 14-year-old

(Newser) - Indonesia is officially a terrifying place for pedophiles: Effective immediately, child sex offenders can face the death penalty or chemical castration under new rules approved by President Joko Widodo, reports AFP . Offenders can also receive a maximum of 20 years in jail—double the previous maximum sentence—and may be... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

At Least 7 Dead in 'Paris-Style' Jakarta Attacks

Assault began with explosion in Starbucks

(Newser) - Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise buildings. Police said five attackers and two civilians were killed, while 10 people were... More »

Man Born in Slum Becomes Indonesia's President

Joko Widodo rises to top post of world's largest Muslim-majority nation

(Newser) - He grew up in a slum on the island of Java and has never been considered part of his country's political elite, but today, Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's seventh president. The 53-year-old "commoner"—who previously plied his trade as a furniture exporter and served... More »

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