Asia briefs: Extremist gets life for deadly church attack

Extremist gets life for deadly church attack

JAKARTA • An Indonesian extremist who carried out a deadly attack on a Protestant church with a group of militants loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was jailed for life yesterday. Juhanda, who goes by one name, was found guilty of an act of terrorism that killed a toddler and hurt three other children on Borneo island last November.


Man tries to smuggle 1kg of gold stuffed in rectum

COLOMBO • Sri Lanka Customs officials arrested an India-bound air passenger trying to smuggle nearly one kilogram of gold stuffed in his rectum. He was found behaving "suspiciously" at Colombo airport's departure lounge on Sunday. The haul, valued at 4.5 million rupees (S$40,000), was seized and the man was fined 100,000 rupees.


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CHONGQING • A university in south-west China's Chongqing municipality has sparked controversy by offering courses to train wannabe "Internet celebrities".

The programme, starting today, was jointly launched by the Chongqing Institute of Engineering and Chongqing Miuyin, a cultural communication company.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2017, with the headline 'Asia briefs: Extremist gets life for deadly church attack'. Subscribe