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Indonesia Extends State of Emergency in Aceh


Indonesia's Cabinet has recommended extending a state of civil emergency in the troubled province of Aceh.

The Jakarta Post newspaper quoted Security Minister Widodo Adi Susipto as saying after a Cabinet meeting Friday that the state of emergency would continue with several adjustments to the time period and the areas covered.

The government imposed emergency measures in May, after lifting a year of martial law.

Under the state of emergency, local officials are in charge but have power to order security measures such as curfews, press censorship and other restrictions.

A military campaign against the separatist Free Aceh Movement has continued despite the end of martial law. Thousands of people have been killed in the campaign.

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