INDONESIA DETAINS SUSPECTS UNDER TOUGHER ANTI-TERROR LAW
Indonesian police have detained about 20 suspected militants as security is stepped up ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, National police chief Tito Karnavian said on Thursday, Reuters reports. The country’s new anti-terror law grants the police wider grounds to arrest suspected terrorists and allows more time for investigation. Authorities can now detain suspects for 14 days before charging them with a crime. More than 90,000 police and soldiers and a moderate Muslim youth group will help guard nearly 50,000 churches across Indonesia, including some previously attacked by terrorists, during the Christmas period, UCA News confirmed.