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WhatsApp Bans, Dark Money, and a New ISIS 'Emir': The VICE Evening Bulletin

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November 6, 2017, 10:58am

Indonesia News

Suharto's Children, Prabowo Named In 'Paradise Papers' Report
Gerindra Party Chairman Prabowo Subianto and two of Gen. Suharto's children were named in the more than 13 million leaked documents that detail the off-shore holdings of more than 120 politicians worldwide. The leak, dubbed the "Paradise Papers," is the latest to shine a light on the shadowy world of off-shore banking—a common way for wealthy individuals to hide their assets from tax collectors. Prabowo's people denied any connection to the company. The Suhartos declined to comment. —VICE

Indonesia Considers Banning WhatsApp Over "Pornographic GIFS"
Ministry of Communication officials are threatening to block WhatsApp—a messaging service used by 40 percent of the population—over "pornographic GIFs" that few even knew were in the app in the first place. The ministry discovered the GIFs, most of which show zero nudity, and decided to tell WhatsApp that they had to go. WhatsApp's response? Talk to the third-party in charge of the GIFs. —CNN Indonesia/ Jakarta Post


Jokowi Asks Cabinet Not to Quarrel in Public
The president, tired of his cabinet's habit of airing their dirty laundry in public, penned an instruction warning all of them to keep their quarrels in-house from now on. It also reminded his administration that they need to talk to the public before announcing their new policies. —Merdeka

Government to Use Tobacco Tax to Fund Healthcare
Your cigarettes might actually save a life. Or, they will if the Indonesian government's plan to fund its national healthcare program (BPJS) with tobacco taxes doesn't go up in smoke. The BPJS program is expected to post a Rp 9 trillion ($665 million USD) deficit, but a tobacco tax could cover more than half of that, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati. —Katadata

International News

US Church Targeted in Latest Mass Shooting
A disgraced Air Force solider reportedly walked into a Baptist church in Texas and opened fire with an assault rife on Sunday, killing as many as 27 in the second mass shooting to occur in as many months in the United States. A motive is still unknown.—VICE News

Cambodia's Hun Sen Continues Crackdown on Opposition Party
Cambodia's slide into one-party rule pick up its pace over the weekend as PM Hun Sen told opposition CNRP members to defect and join his party or be banned from politics forever. Hun Sen previously ordered the arrest of CNRP leader Kem Sokha on treason charges and the dissolution of the opposition party as he tightened his grip on the troubled Southeast Asian country. —Reuters


Malaysian Extremist Allegedly Named New ISIS 'Emir' of Southeast Asia
Authorities in the Philippines are hunting for Amin Baco, a Malaysian Islamic radical who is believed to have inherited the position of ISIS "emir" after his immediate superiors were killed in a raid two weeks ago. Amin Baco has allegedly been in the southern Philippines for some time, fighting as part of the ISIS-linked Maute clan. —Reuters

Thai Man Dies of Hypothermia After Falling Asleep With Too Many Fans
This one may be bit hard to believe, but allegedly a 44-year-old man died in Chaiyaphum province after he fell asleep with three fans running. Nighttime temperatures apparently dropped, sending his body into a shock it couldn't recover from. —Asia One

Everything Else

After a Month of Mourning, Muay Thai Returns to Thailand
The month-long ban on gambling in honor of the death of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has ended and the Muay Thai community can get back to business.—VICE Sports

More Than 1 Million People Downloaded a Fake WhatsApp Android App
A brief worldwide outage of the popular messaging app WhatsApp sent millions to the app store looking for fix—where some reportedly downloaded a fake malicious version of the app. —Motherboard

Man Spent $10,000 on Shot of Rare Whiskey that Turned Out to Be Fake
Zhang Wei, China's highest-paid Internet writer, forked out 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,026 USD) on 20 milliliters (0.68 ounces) of Macallan 1878 at the Waldhaus Am See hotel's Devil's Place whisky bar in July, it made headlines and drew a lot of attention from whisky fanatics. Turns out it was fake. —MUNCHIES

Indonesian Law Is Making Victims of Revenge Porn Too Scared to Seek Help
The country's vague anti-pornography laws can be used to jail the people who post revenge porn, and the victims as well. So stay safe everyone. —VICE