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Indonesian President Joko Widodo is thought to be close to signing a decree banning child marriage. Photo: AFP

Jakarta is moving towards a ban on child marriage after a photo of a teenage couple who tried to tie the knot went viral. Indonesia is among the 10 countries with the highest number of girls marrying before they turn 18, according to campaign group Girls Not Brides. A photo of a boy, 15, and a girl, 14, trying to register their marriage on the island of Sulawesi has been shared widely online, renewing pressure on the government to act.

Leeds United: headed for Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has defended the club's controversial tour of Myanmar after criticism from politicians and Amnesty International, saying it could have a "positive impact". The club, which plays in England's second tier, the Championship, has been urged to scrap the trip, described as "morally corrupt" by Britain's opposition Labour Party's shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan. Leeds are to play friendlies in Yangon and Mandalay. Myanmar is under criticism for its treatment of Rohingya Muslims. Around 700,000 have been driven into Bangladesh since August last year in what the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing".

Fiji: not the place to mix up a chapel and a toilet. File photo

Tourism Fiji has apologised after an advertisement mixed up the indigenous words for "church" and "toilet", causing outrage in the deeply religious Pacific nation. The advert, intended as a primer in the iTaukei (Fijian) language for international visitors, translated "vale ni lotu" as toilet. It actually means house of worship, or church, and the mistake angered many, including opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. "Outraged and disgusted that an organisation like Tourism Fiji would allow the release of a promotional video on their social media platforms without proper vetting or proof reading," she tweeted. "A gross insult and humiliation to the first settlers of this country and the people of Fiji."

An Indian surgeon stood down from his post after an unnecessary operation on a patient's leg. Photo: Alamy

A surgeon has stood down from his post at a New Delhi hospital after performing an unnecessary operation on a patient's leg, having confused him with another man. The surgeon drilled a hole in the right leg of 50-year-old Vijendra Tyagi to insert a pin before realising he had operated on the wrong patient. Tyagi had been admitted to the state-run Sushruta Trauma Centre in the Indian capital with head injuries after a car accident. But he was mistaken for another man who had a broken leg, and underwent surgery to repair a fracture he had not sustained. Hospital medical superintendent Ajay Bahl said the patient was anaesthetised at the time.

Bali ... alluring, even for 12-year-olds. File photo

A 12-year-old boy from Sydney stole his parents' credit card, tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport and flew to Indonesia after a family argument. The boy was told by his mother he could not go to Bali but managed to book himself flights and a hotel online. Telling his family he was going to school, he rode his scooter to the railway station, where he travelled to the airport. After using a self-service check-in terminal, he boarded a flight for Perth, then another to Bali. He was only questioned once, at Perth airport, when staff asked him for identification to prove he was over 12. "It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure," he said.

This article originally appeared on the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

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