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Indonesia's 'smooth' polls a beacon in sea of strongmen: analysts

Jakarta - Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast -- and ethnically diverse -- island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon in a sea of authoritarian governments, analysts say.

Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities warned Thursday against unrest as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world's third-biggest democracy.

Indonesia lures voters with ghouls, superheros and tons of fun

Surabaya - Dressed like Count Dracula, Yasim Adnan doesn't look much like an election official, but neither do his staff who are decked out as mummies and spooky nuns with blood pouring from their eyes.

Indonesia's 'everyman' leader on track to beat firebrand ex-general

Jakarta - Indonesia's Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world's third-biggest democracy as unofficial results put him in a comfortable lead over firebrand ex-general Prabowo Subianto after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island ar...

Muslim majority Indonesia set to vote in its biggest-ever poll

Jakarta - Indonesia kicks off one of the world's biggest one-day elections Wednesday, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim majority nation.

Indonesia presidential race pits heavy metal against the general

Jakarta - Indonesia's heavy metal-loving leader Joko Widodo faces off against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto in the race to lead the world's third-biggest democracy Wednesday, a re-run of the 2014 election contest narrowly won by Widodo.

Halal ink: Muslim-majority Indonesia set for polls

Jakarta - Dipping their fingers in halal ink to prevent double voting, Indonesians cast their ballots Wednesday in a bitterly contested presidential election, with the main rival to incumbent Joko Widodo already threatening to challenge the result over voter-fra...

Indonesia polls bring battle over China's Belt and Road push

Jakarta - Indonesia has become the latest election battleground for Beijing's soaring economic clout, as the opposition warns pro-China policies are saddling the mineral-rich archipelago with bad debt as it is sold off piecemeal to foreign interests.

Indonesia probes vote-rigging claims in Malaysia ahead of polls

Jakarta - Indonesia is probing vote-rigging claims after the discovery of thousands of stray election ballots in neighbouring Malaysia, officials said, as the opposition threatens to challenge next week's poll results over separate voter list irregularities.

Music for the masses winning Indonesian voter's hearts

Tangerang - From Indonesia's hip-swivelling juggernaut dangdut to thumping rock bands and Islam-infused tunes, music could be the clincher for winning hearts -- and votes -- as the world's third-biggest democracy heads to the polls next week.

Indonesia 'money politics' greases election machine

Bogor - When Indonesian authorities arrested a politician with some 400,000 cash-filled envelopes, it was a stark reminder that a long-time election staple is alive and well in the corruption-riddled country -- vote buying.

Indonesia rejects appeal of woman jailed over mosque noise complaint

Jakarta - Indonesia's Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a woman sentenced to 18 months in jail under the country’s controversial blasphemy law for complaining about the volume of a mosque's call to prayer.

Hoax busters: Indonesia's front line in the war on fake news

Jakarta - A small army of "hoax busters" in Indonesia is trying to hold the line against a swarm of fake news that threatens to sway millions of voters as the world's third-biggest democracy heads to the polls.

Op-Ed: Indonesia vs fake news as paid trolls attack president

Jakarta - The always-unimpressive, always useless fake news industry has moved on to Indonesia. This could be a pattern for major disruption in other countries, too. Meanwhile, it’s being met with ferocious efforts to stamp it out and arrests.

Thousands of kids homeless six months after Indonesia quake-tsunami

Jakarta - Thousands of children are living in makeshift shelters six months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, aid agencies said Tuesday, as authorities wrestle with a "painfully slow" recovery.The magnitude 7.

Bali police shoot dead Russian after violent robbery

Denpasar - Bali police have shot dead a Russian man after a violent robbery at a money exchange office, officials said Friday, with two more accomplices arrested and several others on the run.

Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashes

Jakarta - Indonesia's national carrier Garuda has told Boeing it will cancel a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the model was involved in two fatal crashes.

Traffic-choked Jakarta battles epic gridlock with new MRT

Jakarta - Jakarta commuter Irnawati can spend up to four hours daily in her car, but now she and millions of others may get some relief as the traffic-clogged Southeast Asian city opens its first mass rapid-transit system.

Indonesia's Aceh whips amorous couples

Banda Aceh - A group of unmarried couples were whipped in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday after they were caught behaving amorously -- a crime under the conservative region's Islamic law.

Indonesia flood death toll tops 100, dozens still missing

Sentani - The death toll from flash floods and landslides that tore through Indonesia's Papua region has topped 100 with dozens more still missing, the disaster agency said Wednesday.
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