Indonesia clerics want boycott of US products over Jerusalem

Protesters hold Indonesian and Palestinian flags during a rally in Jakarta against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. An estimated 80,000 people rallied on Sunday in the 10th straight day of protests organized by the country’s top Muslim clerical body. (AP)
Updated 17 December 2017
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Indonesia clerics want boycott of US products over Jerusalem

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Muslim clerics have called for a boycott of American products in Indonesia’s largest protest against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Wearing white robes and carrying banners reading “Indonesia unites for Palestine,” an estimated 80,000 people rallied Sunday in the capital of the world’s largest Muslim nation in the 10th straight day of protests organized by the country’s top Muslim clerical body.
Anwar Abbas, a top cleric, read a petition calling on Indonesians to stop buying American products until Trump revoked his move.
A Jakarta police spokesman says the crowd marched peacefully about 3 kilometers from the National Monument Park to the US Embassy.
Previous anti-American protests have unsuccessfully lobbied for a boycott of US goods.


Still going! Hawaii volcano thunders on

Updated 12 min 14 sec ago
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Still going! Hawaii volcano thunders on

  • Molten rock is blasting from one last eruption site, a large cinder cone in a hard-hit neighborhood
  • An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed, more than 500 of those in just two days

PAHOA, Hawaii: A tour boat accident has drawn renewed attention to Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, but for Big Island residents the erupting lava has been an ever-present force for more than two months.
Molten rock is blasting from one last eruption site, a large cinder cone in a hard-hit neighborhood where new volcanic cracks first opened May 3. It’s sending huge volumes of lava snaking to the ocean miles away.
An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced. One man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and another 23 people were hurt Monday when lava entering the ocean exploded onto a tour boat.
The lava has covered more than 11 square miles (28 square kilometers) of land, vaporized the state’s largest freshwater lake and filled an entire ocean bay, turning it into a mile (1.6 kilometers) of burnt, rocky ground. Steam and gas could be seen pouring from a new, very small island that formed near the flows on Friday.
The collapse of the Kilauea summit crater also continues, with large explosions and strong earthquakes occurring almost daily.