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November 10, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Before the sermon Oct. 9 at the Islamic Center of Irvine, a member of the board got up and informed the congregation that the beloved and charismatic religious director, Sadullah Khan, had been dismissed, citing inappropriate conduct. No further explanation was given. Many in the congregation were stunned; some demanded more information. One called out, "We deserve to know the reason why," according to Khalid Abdurrahman, a college student who attends Friday prayers at the mosque.
August 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A landslide buried part of a village on a remote island amid heavy rains, reportedly killing at least 62 people and leaving hundreds missing, Indonesian officials said today. Rescue workers were headed to Sambulu village on Nias island, where the landslide destroyed at least 103 houses Tuesday, said Abdurrahman Nasution, a local official. Villagers on Nias, off the northwestern coast of Sumatra island, reported that 62 people were killed and several hundred unaccounted for, Nasution said.
February 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters attacked a college campus and burned the offices of political opponents who want to speed up his possible impeachment. The unrest in East Java province followed demonstrations against Wahid in Jakarta, the capital, last week and took place just hours before legislators handed documents to police that they say link him to two corruption scandals.
February 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Abdurrahman Wahid dismissed fears of an explosion of unrest as he flew out of Indonesia, but bloodshed escalated into beheadings even before he boarded his plane. More than 142 people have been slaughtered in a revival this week of ethnic violence in remote Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, officials and media said.
April 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two small explosions occurred during an otherwise peaceful Islamic prayer rally in support of beleaguered Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid. At least seven people were injured when two small glass bottles containing an undetermined chemical exploded within seconds of one another near a tightly guarded area filled with 30,000 Wahid supporters, police said. There were no claims of responsibility for the attack at the rally in Jakarta, the capital.
April 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid vowed to stay in office despite the near certainty that parliament will censure him next week for the second time over corruption allegations, a move that would open the door for impeachment. Wahid called for calm as thousands of his angry supporters arrived in Jakarta, the capital, ahead of a planned mass Islamic prayer rally Sunday and the censure vote Monday.
August 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
About 10,000 Indonesians, including President Abdurrahman Wahid, gathered in a stadium in Jakarta, the capital, to pray for peace and religious harmony on the eve of a key meeting of the country's top legislature. The rally followed similar nonpolitical gatherings in recent weeks that called for an end to bloodshed in the world's fourth-most-populous nation.
June 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid promised that security forces will round up thousands of people who he says are responsible for the sectarian violence in the Molucca Islands that has killed scores of people in the past week. While gunfire and bomb blasts echoed across Ambon, the provincial capital, Wahid told visiting U.S. newspaper editors in Jakarta, the capital, that those detained would include "hooligans acting on behalf of Islam. . . . We will detain thousands."
December 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Desperate to keep his crisis-ridden nation together, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid pleaded with separatists to revive talks to end a 25-year rebellion that has killed thousands in Aceh province. Wearing a bulletproof vest and under heavy guard, Wahid stayed in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, for only three hours. Rebel leaders refused to meet him and accused the military of human rights abuses. Indonesia's defense minister indicated today that a cease-fire that expires Jan.
July 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia's attorney general filed corruption charges against former President Suharto, accusing him of skimming $157 million from seven charitable foundations he controlled during his 32 years of rule. The former dictator faces life in prison if found guilty, although he has been offered a pardon by the reformist head of state, Abdurrahman Wahid, if he returns the money. Suharto, 79, ruled Indonesia with an iron hand until 1998.
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