Indonesia orangutan faces extinction as court rejects dam challenge

Indonesian environmentalists have lost a court challenge to a Chinese-backed dam project on Sumatra that could destroy the Batang Toru forest habitat of the...

Widodo makes $28bn rural election promise

Indonesia’s president, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, who is trying to win re-election on April 17, has promised to boost agricultural funding to more than US$28.5...

Indonesia forest fires stunt child growth: study

The 1997 Indonesian forest fires have been blamed for stunting growth in children, who were unborn or babies at the time, according to research...

Indonesia promises action in Papua after calls for UN probe

Indonesia has promised action against officers who abused a Papuan suspect with a live snake after a United Nations panel called for a probe...

Indonesia plans fishing zone in disputed South China Sea

Indonesia says it plans to open a fishing zone inside its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea this year to prevent...

Papuan suspect tortured with snake

A screaming suspect has been threatened with having a live snake forced in his mouth during a police interrogation by the Indonesian colonial authorities...

Russia denies Indonesia election meddling

Russia has denied any involvement in the Indonesian presidential election, scheduled for April 17, after President Joko Widodo claimed his opponents were using "Russian...

Jakarta governor completes blasphemy term

Jakarta’s Christian former governor has been released from prison, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction reinforced an image of Indonesia as an increasingly...

Widodo U-turns on cleric release

Indonesia says an 80-year-old Islamist cleric, seen as the planner of the 2002 Bali bombings, will only be released from jail if he pledges...

Indonesia set to tax imports

Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says she is prepared to increase taxes on imports to keep the rising trade deficit under control and...

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Thai junta looks for coalition partners amid fraud claims

Two rival Thai parties both say they are trying to form a coalition government in the wake of Thailand’s election, amid widespread allegations of...

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