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,...

Obama hails Indonesian tolerance 

Former US president Barack Obama has called on Indonesia to stand up for tolerance, moderation and respect for others, while warning that sectarian politics...

Foreigners flee Bali prison 

The Indonesian authorities are hunting for four foreign prisoners who escaped from Bali’s overcrowded Kerobokan prison (pictured) by crawling through a tunnel dug under...

Widodo scrambles for Chinese cash

The high-profile Belt and Road summit in Beijing in May saw Indonesian President Joko Widodo trying to persuade his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to...

Jakarta races to count islands 

Indonesia's islands have never been successfully counted, although a 1996 law estimated there were 17,508, but now Jakarta is hoping to get an exact...

Jakarta cleric faces porn charges 

Jakarta's police have named an Islamist leader as a suspect in the exchange of pornographic messages and photos, a new legal threat to the...

Suicide bomb arrests made

Indonesia's police said they had arrested more suspected militants following suicide bombings in Jakarta last week that killed three police officers. Islamic State claimed...

141 held in gay Jakarta raid 

Jakarta police detained 141 men (pictured), including several foreigners in a raid on a gay sauna in the north of Indonesia's capital.  Police spokesman Argo...

Aceh ‘gay’ men to be caned

A sharia court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province on Sumatra has sentenced two supposedly gay men to public caning, further undermining the archipelago's moderate...

Six journalists deported from Papua 

Six Japanese journalists trying to make a documentary have been deported by the Indonesian authorities from the province of Papua.  The team was working for...

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