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Pacquiao begs Indonesian leader Joko Widodo to save OFW Veloso

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao begs Indonesia President Joko Widodo to spare the life a Filipino overseas worker who is scheduled to be executed by firing squad on Tuesday in a remote Indonesian island.

Filipina on Indonesia death row 'told she will be executed Tuesday'

Jakarta - A Filipina on death row in Indonesia has been informed that she will be executed on Tuesday, her lawyer said.

Indonesia informs drug convicts of execution

Cilacap - Indonesia said Saturday it had officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, prompting an appeal from United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to spare the prisoners and suspend the death penalty.

Families of death row inmates head to Indonesia

Jakarta - Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on Friday ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger.

China, Japan leaders meet but wartime legacy casts shadow

Jakarta - The leaders of China and Japan met Wednesday for only the second time since taking office, but the effort to repair badly damaged ties was marred after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier failed to apologise for Tokyo's wartime aggression.

U.S. couple jailed over 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder

Denpasar - A U.S. man and his teenage girlfriend were given long jail terms Tuesday for the "sadistic" murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island.

Asia, Africa to mark summit that forged post-colonial path

Jakarta - Asian and African leaders gather in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity.

Indonesian plane in emergency landing after bomb threat: official

Jakarta - A passenger plane in Indonesia was forced to make an emergency landing Friday after air traffic control received a bomb threat, an official said, though police later confirmed it was a false alarm.

Muslim-majority Indonesia bans some beer sales

Jakarta - Indonesia on Thursday banned small retailers from selling beer, despite an outcry from the booze industry and in tourism hotspots over the Muslim-majority country's latest offensive against drinking.

Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country's legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad.

Indonesian court to rule Monday on death row Australians' appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court will rule Monday on the appeals of two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, a judge said, as their lawyers insisted they had done their best to save the men.

Indonesia to end search for Flight 8501 victims on Sunday

Jakarta - Search and rescue officials in Indonesia plan to call off the search for victims of an AirAsia plane that crashed over the Java Sea in December even though the bodies of 56 of the plane’s 162 passengers were never found.

Australia offers to cover imprisonment costs for Bali 9 duo

Jakarta - The Australian government has offered to cover the cost of life imprisonment for the two convicted Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, of the Bali Nine gang.

Families visit Australians on Indonesian death row

Cilacap - Relatives of two Australian drug smugglers visited them Monday for the first time on an Indonesian prison island where they will be put to death, as their prime minister urged Jakarta to rethink the planned executions.

Death row Australians in last-ditch bid to halt executions

Jakarta - An Indonesian court will Thursday hear an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row against President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency, a last-ditch effort to halt the looming executions.

Snowden docs: New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for NSA

Wellington - New Zealand has been spying on its small, friendly Pacific neighbors and Indonesia and is sharing the intelligence with international allies including the US National Security Agency, according to new revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

Cilacap - Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation".

Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

Cilacap - Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred Wednesday to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them.

Pacquiao likes underdog role but Mayweather favorite for reason

While Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the early betting favorite to beat Manny Pacquiao on May 2 and keep his unblemished record it is not by much. And more pundits and former fighters seem to feel Mayweather has the edge, but again not by much.

Indonesia's stance 'clear' on Australians' executions: Widodo

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country's stance is "clear" on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia's prime minister that he is "carefully considering" his position.
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