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Indonesia makes criticising politicians a crime

Jakarta - Indonesians could be jailed for criticising national politicians under a new law which came into force Thursday, in what critics slammed as a major step back for the world's third-biggest democracy.

Hi-tech conservationists fight Indonesia wildlife crime

Jakarta - From cutting-edge DNA barcoding to smartphone apps that can identify illegal wildlife sales, conservationists are turning to hi-tech tools in their battle against Indonesia's animal traffickers.

Indonesia hands over 1MDB-linked luxury yacht to FBI: police

Jakarta - A luxury yacht linked to allegations that $4.5 billion was looted from Malaysia's state investment fund 1MDB is being handed over to the FBI, which is probing the scandal, Indonesian police said Thursday.

Waste waters: Plastic rubbish chokes Bali's sea

Bali - Millions of tourists are drawn to Bali's palm-fringed scenery and rich marine life, but there is a danger lurking beneath its famously crystal-clear waters: a wasteland of plastic rubbish.

Indonesia's rapid infrastructure drive takes deadly toll

Jakarta - A string of fatal accidents is threatening to derail Indonesia's relentless infrastructure drive ahead of the Asian Games, a push seen as a key to revving up growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Indonesia scrubbing the 'world's dirtiest river'

Indonesia - The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".

Victim groups shun Indonesia terrorist reconciliation meeting

Jakarta - A group of terror attack survivors and traumatised relatives of those killed boycotted Indonesia's first-ever meeting between former militants and their victims Wednesday, marring an event hailed as a key step towards reconciliation.

Ex-Indonesian militants to apologise to attack victims

Jakarta - More than 100 former Indonesian militants will this week apologise to survivors of attacks and families of the dead as part of a plan to promote reconciliation and combat extremism, officials said Monday.

Indonesia inks $1.1 bn deal with Russia to buy 11 jets

Jakarta - Indonesia has inked a billion-dollar deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia, an official said Saturday. The contract, signed by both countries' representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, is worth a total $1.

Indonesia eyes lax palm oil rules in EU trade deal: leak

Jakarta - Palm oil giant Indonesia is pressing the European Union to abandon plans to apply strict environmental standards to the sector and silence "negative" criticism about the commodity, documents obtained by AFP have revealed.

Indonesia church attacker wanted to join IS in Syria: police

Jakarta - The Indonesian who attacked a church congregation with a sword during Sunday Mass is a radical Islamist who had wanted to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, police said Monday.

Police shoot man during sword attack at Indonesian church

Jakarta - Indonesian police shot and wounded a man who attacked a church congregation with a sword during Sunday Mass, seriously injuring four people including a priest and destroying Christian imagery.

Indonesian navy seizes tonne of crystal meth

Batam - Indonesia's navy seized more than a tonne of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four people in a major drug bust this week, an top navy official said Saturday.

Indonesia pushes for gay, pre-marital sex ban

Jakarta - Indonesia is pushing to clamp down on gay and pre-marital sex as part of a sweeping criminal law overhaul that critics blame on a wave of religious fundamentalism sweeping across the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.

UN rights chief warns over Indonesia LGBT crackdown

Jakarta - Indonesia must clamp down on rising intolerance against the LGBT community, the UN human rights chief warned Wednesday, as the persecuted minority face a wave of arrests and parliament moves to ban gay sex.

Indonesia declares deadly Papua measles outbreak over

Jakarta - A deadly measles-and-malnutrition outbreak that killed scores of children in Indonesia's remote Papua province is over, authorities said.

Probe into Indonesian police who shamed transgenders

Banda Aceh - Indonesian police said Sunday they would press ahead with an investigation into officers accused of publicly shaming transgender people in conservative Aceh province despite an angry protest against the probe.

Indonesian orangutan 'beheaders' claim self-defence: police

Jakarta - Two Indonesian men arrested for shooting an orangutan multiple times and then decapitating it before tossing the corpse into a river, have told investigators they acted in self-defence, police said Thursday.

Google yanks gay dating app from Indonesia online store

Jakarta - Google has pulled one of the world’s largest gay dating apps from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands, Jakarta said Wednesday, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community.

Indonesia police force 'manly makeover' on transgender beauticians

Banda Aceh - Indonesian police forcibly cut the hair of a group of transgender women and made them wear male clothing, authorities said Monday, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.
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