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In Indonesia, female military recruits still need to pass a “2-finger” virginity test.

Human Rights Watch published a report on Wednesday urging the Indonesian military to abandon its practice of subjecting female recruits and fiancées of male recruits to so-called “virginity tests” in order to ensure they are not “naughty.” The report not confirmed the test "has no scientific validity,” it called it “cruel, inhuman and degrading.”

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Indonesia resumes search for missing AirAsia plane

Indonesian authorities have resumed the search for an #AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing just after the pilot requested a change in course. 

The Indonesian military sent 12 ships, three helicopters and five aircrafts to the suspicious missing area to look for the Airbus A320-200. Singapore and Malaysia also joined the search operation, with two C-130 planes and five naval vessels, Singapore’s Channel News Asia television reported. 

The missing plane is operated by AirAsia Indonesia, a unit of the Malaysia-based budget carrier Air Asia. It was delivered to AirAsia by Airbus in 2008 and underwent its last scheduled maintenance last month. 

Those onboard included 155 Indonesians, three South Korea, and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain. 

The Flight #QZ8501 was about halfway between Surabaya and Singapore when it lost contact with air traffic control at 6:17 a.m. on Sunday. 

Bad weather was reported in the area but no distress call was made and no wreckage was discovered. 

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said late Sunday that the aircraft might have crashed, but “we haven’t got any information that indicates where.”

The search was started after the plane was reported missing but suspended as night fell. Authorities resumed the search early Monday morning. 

Shocked relatives gathered at both airports in Singapore and Surabaya, waiting for information from their loved ones.

INDONESIA, MEDAN : Indonesian search and rescue teams work at the site of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules aircraft crash in Medan on June 30, 2015. An Indonesian military transport plane crashed on June 30 shortly after take-off in a city on Sumatra island, exploing in a ball of flames in a residential area. AFP PHOTO / KHARISMA TARIGAN