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August 8, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a Chinese-run grocery store here, the Scotch, gin and creme de menthe are kept under lock and key. "Alcohol is strictly forbidden to Muslims," says a sign over the cash register. At an Islamic court, Judge Rawi Bin Mat Yaman recounts the "many, many" cases he has handled involving the Islamic crime of "close proximity"--a single woman being caught alone with a man, even if just for an innocent conversation. The penalty for each of them: one year in jail and an $800 fine.
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August 8, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a Chinese-run grocery store here, the Scotch, gin and creme de menthe are kept under lock and key. "Alcohol is strictly forbidden to Muslims," says a sign over the cash register. At an Islamic court, Judge Rawi Bin Mat Yaman recounts the "many, many" cases he has handled involving the Islamic crime of "close proximity"--a single woman being caught alone with a man, even if just for an innocent conversation. The penalty for each of them: one year in jail and an $800 fine.
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May 15, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Sri Lankan army reels before an onslaught of rebel fighters, the people urging it to fight harder are the men in the saffron robes. Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy, long an influential force in national politics, are stepping forward to rally the nation in its darkest hour. The string of defeats suffered by the army at the hands of separatist rebels, which has stunned and demoralized this island nation, has also drawn the monks out of their temples to try to hold the country together.
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