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In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.

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Tony Abbott with his wife Margie and daughters Frances, Louise and Bridget, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce (far right) after his swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra

One female cabinet member, ironing housewife jibes... now Australia's new PM, Tony Abbott, gives himself ministerial responsibility for women’s issues

The new premier has raised eyebrows by claiming he is qualified for the job

A hard line Muslim group protesting the Miss World comeption on 8 September.

If you can’t beat them, join them (but covered up): Islam’s answer to Miss World launched

Contest has been greeted with protests despite organisers agreeing to axe the bikini round

A photo taken today from the Maurole district of East Nusa Tenggara province with a camera phone

At least six killed in Indonesia volcano erupts

Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated on the remote island

Real Madrid will block Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho

Transfer news: Real Madrid will block Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho

Mourinho said that he believed the Spanish club would do everything they could to keep the player this summer

Fans turned up in droves to see watch their Chelsea heroes train at the Rajamangala Stadium

Chelsea have moved to refund fans in Indonesia who were charged £1,500 to attend meet-and-greet sessions with the team

Pre-season tour has been overshadowed by astounding fees being charged by the club's promoters for the trip

Indonesia stampede: At least 18 killed after riot caused by local boxer losing a fight leads to mass panic

1,500 people stampeded out the stadium as violence erupted

A view of the streets around Anfield

Liverpool expect to make progress on Anfield redevelopment this summer

The Reds are looking to expand their existing home

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund

Mysterious death in Jakarta hotel of second man exposed on 'Lagarde list'

A Greek corruption scandal appeared to have claimed its second victim yesterday following the sudden and mysterious death of a wealthy defence industry businessman identified on a list of nearly 2,000 Greek tax evaders holding secret Swiss bank accounts.

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La Gomera recovers

Girl, 8, dies of bird flu in Indonesia

An eight-year-old girl has died of bird flu in Indonesia - the country's eighth death from the disease this year.

Military plane crashes into housing complex in Indonesia

An Indonesian air force plane slammed into homes and ignited a fireball in the crowded capital while trying to land, killing at least nine people, a military official said.

Court to rule on Bali bomb suspect

An Indonesian court is expected to issue a verdict today in the case of a terror suspect accused of helping to build the car bomb used in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks.

Protesters hold up anti-Gaga posters during a Muslim rally against her concert in Jakarta

Lady Gaga gagged as Indonesia cancels gig

Police have refused a permit for Lady Gaga to perform in the Indonesian capital next month, bowing to pressure from Islamic groups who voiced strong objections to her "vulgar" style.

Indonesia bans Lady Gaga concert over fears she'll corrupt kids

Lady Gaga will have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people.

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