Indonesia's President Reshuffles Cabinet
Indonesian President Joko Widodo installed 13 new cabinet ministers in his government Wednesday, including a former general accused of human rights abuses during the country's brutal occupation of East Timor in the 1990s.
Wiranto is taking on the portfolio of chief security minister from Luhut Pandjaitan, who was named chief minister for maritime affairs. Wiranto headed the military in 1999 when the army and paramilitary forces went on a bloody rampage when East Timor voted to become independent. He was indicted by a United Nations tribunal for crimes against humanity, but as yet to face trial.
Pandjaitan's new post comes as tensions in the Asia-Pacific region are rising over China's claims to much territory in the South China Sea.
Another major figure named to President Widodo's new cabinet is Sri Mulyani Indrawati, a reformist and currently a managing director of the World Bank, who will serve as finance minister. Indrawati served in the post from 2005 to 2010, when she was praised for guiding Indonesia's economy through the 2008 global financial crisis.
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Dual Car Bombs Kill 31 in Northeast Syria
At least 31 people are dead and dozens more injured in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli after a pair of bombs exploded near the Turkish border Wednesday, according to a monitoring group.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the one of the explosions was meant to target a government building that houses the security headquarters of the Kurdish administration that controls the area surrounding Qamishli.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement published on its Aamaq news agency website, saying that it was targeting Kurdish security forces.
IS is fighting against the Kurdish YPG militia and has carried out several similar bombings in the area in the past.
A suicide blast killed six members of the Kurdish internal security force, known as the Asayish, in April. In July, an IS suicide bomber killed at least 16 people in Hasaka.