Indonesia axes palm-oil levies

To support its farmers, Indonesia today (Wednesday) relaxed rules on palm-oil levies and its associated products following a drop in prices. The world’s largest exporter...

Papuans held at independence protests

Around 300 Papuan activists calling for independence protested in the country's second-largest city of Surabaya to call for a referendum on independence. A lawyer...

Lion Air plane not airworthy: report 

The Lion Air aeroplane that crashed last month while flying from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang – killing all 189 people on board – was...

Heroin smuggler freed from Bali

Convicted smuggler Renae Lawrence has flown back to Australia, more than a decade after she was caught at a Bali airport with 2.7kg of...

Jakarta officials attend radical mosques: study 

Indonesian mosques that host government staff are spreading radicalism and calling for violence against non-Muslims, according to Jakarta’s intelligence agency. The Indonesian State Intelligence Agency...

Papua rebels killed in ambush 

Two independence insurgents and a civilian have reportedly been killed during a week of fighting in the impoverished Indonesian region of Papua.  The authorities are...

Islamic flag burning sparks Jakarta protests 

Thousands of Muslims protested in Jakarta yesterday (Friday) after a flag linked to outlawed Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir was burned by members of Indonesia’s...

Indonesia busts Instagram ‘baby sales’

The authorities in Surabaya (pictured), Indonesia's second-largest city, say they have broken up an operation selling babies on Instagram under the guise of an...

Sulawesi relief hampered by fake news

Indonesia is struggling with fake reports of further quakes and the imminent collapse of dams are causing unnecessary extra disruption on Sulawesi after last...

Indonesia set for high-stakes campaign

The presidential race in Indonesia is expected to start this weekend with both President Joko Widodo (pictured) and Islamist former general Prabowo Subianto due...

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