Indonesia minority fears violence 

Two decades since the fall of Indonesia’s dictator Muhammad Suharto, the treatment of the affluent ethnic-Chinese community remains a sensitive issue.  Suharto’s bans on Chinese...

Suharto legacy still divisive 

As Indonesia marks two decades since the end of the dictatorial Suharto era, the largely Muslim archipelago has seen a rise in religious intolerance...

Palm oil trade war looms 

As the more environmentally progressive elements of the European Union discuss ways to cut imports of palm oil, Malaysia and Indonesia are becoming increasingly...

Jakarta approves tough ‘terror’ law

The Indonesian parliament has unanimously approved a contentious"anti-terror" law that grants the military direct involvement in so-called counter-terror operations and security decisions. After several suicide...

Rupiah slump sparks bond sell off 

Concerns over rising global yields, oil prices and slowing growth have driven the Indonesian rupiah to its weakest point in over two years, leading...

Smugglers given death sentence

Eight Taiwanese drug smugglers have been sentenced to death by an Indonesian court after being arrested with around a tonne of crystal methamphetamine, known...

Jakarta defends Grasberg rules

Indonesia has hit back at claims that tough new environmental regulations imposed on the giant Grasberg copper mine in Papua are politically motivated or...

Army tackles Java plastic crisis 

The Indonesian military has been deployed to unblock rivers and canals clogged with bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Indonesia is estimated to be the...

Palm-oil bosses slam UK ban

The Indonesian- and Malaysian-dominated Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) says the UK supermarket chain Iceland’s decision to remove palm oil from its...

Papua rocked by killings, mass arrests 

Indonesia has released most of the 44 students and activists arrested last week at a Papuan university amid claims of large numbers of deaths...

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Malaysian palm-oil futures fell for a fourth straight day this week, hitting a two-year low, as weak sentiment persisted due to concerns about a...

Malaysia reopens 2006 murder probe

Malaysia’s police have confirmed they are reopening the murder probe into Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu. Altantuya's father, Setev Shaariibuu, called for the case to be...

UN visit to Papua blocked 

Indonesia is being criticised for refusing to allow the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to visit troubled Papua...