Financial pressures in Indonesia are driving more families to give up their children, says a report by the charity Save the Children, being jointly launched with the UN children’s agency UNICEF and the Indonesian government. It found that about 500,000 Indonesian children are in care institutions, but only about 6 percent are orphans. Economic concerns, including rising food prices, are partly to blame, Save the Children says. In other news, Indonesian police have detained 57 members of a hard-line Muslim group following violence at a rally for religious tolerance. (BBC)

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