US ends nine-year flight ban

The tail section of Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 which crashed in December 2014. Source: Wikimedia Indonesia's airlines have been cleared to fly to the US, after...

Boat seized off Bali amid bomb fears

Largely non-Muslim Bali is seen as a potential terror target. Source: Pixabay The Indonesian security services on Bali have seized a ship from Malaysia carrying...

1,000 West Papua arrests: activists

The banned West Papuan flag. Source: Flickr The Indonesian authorities have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at West Papuan demonstrations that were demanding an...

Indonesia and Australia hope to forge trade deal

Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Australia says it will prioritise signing a trade agreement with Indonesia in the hope that the deal will be...

Indonesia set to ban gay sex 

Under pressure from religious conservatives, Indonesia is moving toward outlawing gay sex and possibly premarital relations, further undermining traditions of tolerance in the Muslim-majority...

HRW slams LGBT legal moves

Gay Muslims in London pride, 2011. Islam has a complex relationship with homosexuality. Source: Wikimedia The Indonesian Constitutional Court will hold its fifth hearing on...

China’s Java high-speed rail project hits buffers

It is easy to see why Indonesians might want to find alternative forms of transport. Source: Flickr The Chinese US$5.5 billion high-speed rail project in...

Jakarta defiant over Natunas

An Indonesian frigate on patrol. Source: Wikimedia Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has rejected China's claim that it had competing claims in the South China...

Swiss move to ban palm-oil exports 

The regional parliament of Geneva in Switzerland has passed a resolution to exclude palm oil from free-trade talks with Indonesia and Malaysia. Five other...

West Papuan protesters arrested 

  Jakarta is trying to keep the Papuan separatists quiet. Source: Flickr  Indonesian police have detained an estimated 528 protesters across the archipelago who were demanding...

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