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Two Buddhists Caned Under Shariah Law in Aceh

JANTHO, March 10 ― Indonesia’s only province to impose Shariah law caned Buddhists for the first time Friday, after two men accused of cockfighting opted for punishment under the strict Islamic regulations.
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