Residents participate in a ceremony marking Queen Sirikit's birthday August 12th in Narathiwat. August had the lowest level of violence in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces since 2007, according to the Deep South Surveillance Centre. [Madaree Tohlala/AFP]
The National Police aims to thwart ISIS recruitment campaigns and influence in the archipelago.
The Indonesian president-elect and his running mate enter office October 20th.
Many see it as a gesture of religious tolerance from the government.
Violent tactics unlikely to bring about change, some experts say.
James Foley's killers have done Islam much harm, Muslim leaders say.
A pair of siblings from Aceh Province, who went missing in the December 2004 tsunami and were separated afterwards, reunite with their birth parents nearly 10 years later.
Education is being gutted and women forced into "sex jihad" in ISIL-controlled areas, residents say.
Indonesia's tradition of moderate, tolerant Islam is under threat by hard-line groups who are imposing their conservative views on others and intimidating religious minorities.