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Law Punishing Gay Sex With Caning Takes Effect in Aceh - Indonesia

A law that makes gay sex punishable by public caning took effect Friday in a conservative Indonesian province.

The law in Aceh province stipulates that anyone caught having homosexual sex can face up to 100 strokes of a cane, a fine of up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold (about $37,400) and imprisonment of up to 100 months. Adulterers are also subject to 100 lashes of a cane, but not to the fine or imprisonment.

Aceh is considered more devout than other areas of Muslim-majority Indonesia and is the only province allowed to observe a version of Islamic Shariah law.

The heat is on: Neighbors breath fire over hazardous haze from Indonesia's burning forests

The heat is on: Neighbors breath fire over hazardous haze from Indonesia's burning forests
ANNABELLE LIANG, VIJAY JOSHI, The Associated Press

Indonesia's Secret: In the Kingdom of Gentle Islam

By Erich Follath, see Indonesia's Secret: In the Kingdom of Gentle Islam

Nowhere in the world are there more Muslims living in one place than in the Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia, which will be a guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall. Can a cosmopolitan faith assert itself against Islam? A journey.

Man spends 19 years planting trees to save village from drought

Motivator: Farmer Sadiman poses in a wood in his neighborhood in Dali hamlet, Geneng subdistrict, Wonogiri regency, Central Java. Sadiman is trying to convince locals that the water shortage problem that happens during dry seasons can be partly solved by planting trees on the denuded hills.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

A 65-year-old man from Wonogiri regency, Central Java, has managed to turn his drought-prone village into a groundwater-rich region by leading a campaign to replant trees on a nearby hill for the past 19 years.

Fotos indonesischer Ureinwohner: Belagert von der Moderne

Von Martin Scheufens fuer Spiegel Online

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Fotograf Tariq Zaidi<

Sie beschwören Naturgeister und tragen Kleidung aus Rinde: Auf der Insel Siberut bewahren etwa tausend Mentawai noch die Traditionen ihrer Vorfahren. Der Fotograph Tariq Zaidi hält auf seinen Bildern eine Welt fest, die unaufhaltsam verloren geht.