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Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of 2014 in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Revelers around the world ring in 2014

From huge street parties and fireworks displays in Sydney and Jakarta, to quiet moments of prayer in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, people are welcoming in 2014. Here’s a gallery of images from New Year’s […]

12/31/2013

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, contestants walk on the stage during the 3rd Annual Award of World Muslimah, a competition billed as the Islamic alternative to Miss World pageant, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Beauty queens and backstage drama may seem inevitable, but at this year's Miss World competition, something more serious than hair-pulling and name-calling has come from host country Indonesia: Muslim hardliners have threatened to hijack the competition despite major concessions from the government and organizers. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Miss World drama fueled by host country Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Beauty queens and backstage drama may seem inevitable, but at this year’s Miss World competition, something more serious than hair-pulling and name-calling has come from host country Indonesia: Muslim hardliners have […]

09/27/2013

Indonesia's country flag (AP Photo)

Indonesia axes bikinis for 2013 Miss World pageant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year’s pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups, organizers said Thursday. […]

06/06/2013

Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler at a 2004 performance in Japan. (AP Photo)

Aerosmith drops Indonesia show over security fears

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Aerosmith canceled a show in Indonesia after authorities there said they had foiled a bomb plot targeting the Myanmar Embassy. Concert promoter Ismaya Live cited safety concerns as the reason for […]

05/05/2013

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