Ahok blasphemy appeal fails

Happier times. Australian ambassador, Paul Grigson, with Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Source: Flickr   An Indonesian court will proceed with the blasphemy trial of...

Borneo fires on rise 

Indonesia has detected a growing number of wild fires as dry weather continues. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said satellite pictures showed there were...

Jokowi’s son faces blasphemy probe

Indonesia's police are probing an allegation of blasphemy against the youngest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Kaesang Pangarep,...

Unesco names Singapore and Bandung as Creative Cities of Design

Unesco director-general Irina Bokova. Photo: UNESCO/Michel Ravassard/Wikimedia Commons.   Singapore has been named a Creative City of Design by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation...

Judges mull non-marital sex ban

Indonesia is trying to encourage young couples to tie the knot. Source: Pixabay The Indonesian supreme court is debating whether non-marital sex should be outlawed,...

Jakarta’s religious card 

The future of one of the world's largest cities, Jakarta, lies in the balance. As ethnicity and religion have been increasingly exploited, the colossal...

Indonesia to appeal against court ruling on haze lawsuit

A NASA satellite image showing the haze blanketing the region on September 24, 2015. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The Indonesian government said it will appeal against a...

Najib moves to boost Indonesia trade

Indonesia and Malaysia together dominated global production of palm oil. Source: Wikimedia Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak says he wants to double trade with Indonesia...

Indonesia mulls free-trade deal 

Australian sugar exporters will now be able to compete on Asean terms. Australia is pinning its hopes on sugar to boost exports to Indonesia,...

Aceh LGBT lashings condemned 

Human rights activists called on Indonesia’s sharia-run Aceh province to release four people in their early 20s detained on suspicion of having gay sex,...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

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