Indonesia eyes banking boom

Indonesian banks will enjoy “more than 12 per cent” loan growth this year due to a recovering global economy and rising commodity prices, according...

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...

Sheikhs in Indonesia oil hunt

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Petroleum is eyeing an expansion into Indonesia after it won bids for the exploration of two blocks oil and gas blocks.  A...

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...

Orangutans face extinction: study

Orangutans are "highly likely" to become extinct if current trends continue, according to a study of the great apes' population in Borneo, which had...

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...

Aceh trans-women freed 

Twelve transgender women or waria arrested in shariah-run Aceh have been released from jail on the condition they act and dress as men and...

HRW blames Papua measles on govt

Measles in eastern Indonesia’s Papua province has killed around 100 indigenous children this month although the disease is easily preventable with a safe and...

Palm-oil giants attack EU ban

The two dominant palm-oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the product’s use in biofuels. A Malaysian...

Measles ravages Papua children

  Indonesia is struggling to contain a prolonged outbreak of measles in poverty-stricken Papua Province that has killed dozens of children. Dr Stefanus Lange at a...

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