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Indonesia, Russia to work together to fight terrorism

Jakarta - Indonesia and Russia pledged Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in cyber-security and counter-terrorism as concern grows about the spread of radicalism in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Jakarta - Indonesia said Tuesday it would trade palm oil, coffee and tea for Russian fighter jets, saying it wanted to capitalise on international sanctions on Moscow as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive for a visit.

Underground rail system on track to ease Jakarta's crippling traffic

Jakarta - Deep below Jakarta's traffic-choked streets, a warren of transit tunnels could prove the key to easing the city's crippling gridlock.

Indonesia jails man who grew marijuana for cancer-stricken wife

Jakarta - An Indonesian man who grew marijuana to ease the pain of his seriously-ill wife was sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday, despite an outcry from right groups and activists.

Indonesia says convict organised major drug trafficking ring

Jakarta - A convict in a maximum-security Indonesian prison masterminded an operation to import 1.2 million ecstasy tablets which led to two arrests and the death of another suspect, authorities said Tuesday.

Shoot drug traffickers if resist arrest: Indonesia President

Jakarta - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has ordered the police to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest in the latest effort to eradicate drug use in the country.

Indonesia speaker named suspect in major graft case

Jakarta - Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has named the country's speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around $170 million out of government coffers.

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

Jakarta - Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its "terrorism" content, the government said.

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

Jakarta - Indonesia has issued a decree allowing it to ban groups that oppose its official state ideology, in a move seen to target radical Islamists in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Trump's Indonesian business partner summoned over alleged threats

Jakarta - US President Donald Trump's Indonesian business partner has been questioned by police over alleged threats against a public prosecutor, officials said Friday.

Indonesian teenage boy weds 73-year-old bride

Indonesia - A teenage boy has married his 73-year-old lover in a remote village on Indonesia's Sumatra, officials said, after the unconventional couple threatened a double suicide if their match was thwarted.

Indonesian plane feared to have crashed in eastern Papua

Jakarta - A small plane carrying five people is believed to have crashed in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, an official said Wednesday, with a search and rescue mission underway.

Obama visits childhood home Jakarta

Bogor - Former US president Barack Obama arrived Friday in his former childhood home Jakarta, where he met Indonesia's president at the end of a ten-day family holiday.

Obama on temple sojourn during Indonesia holiday

Yogyakarta - Barack Obama took his wife and daughters to the ancient Borobudur temple on Java on Wednesday on a family vacation to Indonesia, where the former US president spent part of his childhood.

Alleged IS militants kill police officer in Indonesia

Jakarta - Two alleged Islamic State group militants stabbed a police officer to death in western Indonesia, authorities said Sunday, in the latest assault targeting officials in the world's most populous Muslim country.

Op-Ed: New study — Billions at risk from heatwaves

Sydney - Inhabitants of the tropics, Middle East and most Western nations are in for progressive murderous heatwaves. New studies by the University of Hawaii indicate a rolling incremental increase in severity of heatwaves worldwide.

Four foreign inmates tunnel out of Indonesian jail

Bali - Four foreign prisoners have tunnelled out of jail on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali, including an Australian man who was going to be freed within months, police said Monday.

As homelands devastated, Indonesian tribe turns to Islam

Indonesia - Indonesian tribesman Muhammad Yusuf believes his conversion from animism to Islam in a government-supported programme will eventually make his life easier.

Inmates escape Indonesian prison during floods

Jakarta - Dozens of inmates swam to freedom from a flooded Indonesian jail after one of its walls collapsed, police said Wednesday, the latest breakout to hit the country's creaking prison system.

Indonesia seizes pangolins, scales worth $190,000

Medan - Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth $190,000 after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said Wednesday.
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