Anger over Islamic university ban on veils
JAKARTA • An Indonesian state Islamic university faced criticism from Muslim groups and activists yesterday after it banned female students from wearing full-face veils, citing fears over the spread of radical ideology on the campus.
The Islamic Defenders Front, a conservative group, said the State Islamic University's policy "did not make sense" and was in conflict with the country's efforts to preserve diversity.
Wolf of Wall St company to pay $80m in 1MDB suit
KUALA LUMPUR • The company behind the 2013 film, The Wolf Of Wall Street, agreed to pay the United States government US$60 million (S$78.8 million) to settle a civil lawsuit that sought to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
Red Granite Pictures said last September that it had "reached a settlement in principle" with the US government.
Japanese volcano spews ash 3km into the air
TOKYO • Powerful eruptions at a volcano in Japan's southern island of Kyushu spewed ash thousands of metres into the air yesterday, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.
"The plume reached the height of 3,000 metres for the first time since April 3, 2011" following a total of 29 eruptions at Mount Shinmoedake, Japan's weather agency said in a statement.