Indonesia quiet ahead of elections

Politics in Depok is being dominated by coalition deals. Source: Wikimedia Indonesians will vote in the country's first simultaneous local elections on Wednesday (December 9)....

Ahok suffers heavy defeat 

Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok, has conceded defeat in his attempt to secure re-election, ending a campaign fuelled by...

Landmark talks held on Indonesia massacres

A still from the recent film, the Act of Killing, about the 1965-66 massacres. Source: Vimeo Indonesia's leaders have taken part in an unprecedented meeting...

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...

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...

Asean’s plastic shame

A video of a British diver swimming through plastic waste off Bali has shown the extent of the crisis in Indonesian waters. The film by...

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...

Report due on AirAsia crash

The Airbus A320: Source: Wikimedia Indonesia is set to release the findings of its probe into last year's Indonesia AirAsia plane crash, the first official...

Indonesia denies Papua chemical weapons attack

Indonesia has denied allegations in Australia’s Saturday Paper that illegal chemical weapons were used in a military operation in remote Nduga regency in Papua...

Freeport row threatens bilateral ties

Little profit from Freeport’s mines has filtered down to the indigenous Papuans. Source: Wikimedia     Indonesian traders fear that tensions between US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan and...

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Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

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Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters pair  

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