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Indonesia blocks internet in Papua over unrest fears

Jakarta - Indonesia has cut off internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racist online posts would spark more violent protests in the region, but critics slammed the move as a threat to free speech.

Indonesia deploys more troops as Papua hit by fresh unrest

Manokwar - Violent protests erupted anew Wednesday in Indonesia's restive Papua region, with a market torched and street battles breaking out between police and demonstrators as more than 1,000 security personnel were deployed to contain the unrest.

Hundreds escape Papua prison after violent riots

Manokwar - Indonesian authorities were hunting for more than 250 inmates who escaped a Papua prison set ablaze during violent riots, officials said Tuesday, as fresh protests broke out in the restive region.

Foreign trash 'like treasure' in Indonesia's plastics village

Mojokerto - His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children's education, one of many in his Indonesian hometown basking in a waste-picking boom.

Thousands riot in Papua, parliament building torched

Manokwar - Riots broke out and a local parliament building was torched in Indonesia's restive Papua region on Monday, as thousands protested against the weekend detention of dozens of Papuan students.

Indonesian leader pledges to move capital city, boost economy

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Friday he would press on with plans to move the nation's capital and roll out measures to kickstart Southeast Asia's biggest economy as it feels the sting of slowing global growth.

Sinking city: Indonesia's capital on brink of disaster

Jakarta - Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue.

Czech couple pray in cleansing ritual after Bali temple antics

Ubud - A Czech couple slammed for disrespecting a Balinese temple took part in a ritual purification ceremony Thursday, after their antics sparked warnings that boorish tourists may be kicked off the Indonesian holiday island.

Indonesian leader threatens sackings over rampant forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesian leader Joko Widodo warned Tuesday that officials would be sacked if they failed to stamp out rampant forest fires that are belching out toxic smog over Malaysia and Singapore.

Tens of millions hit by Indonesia power blackout

Jakarta - Tens of millions of people on Indonesia's heavily populated Java island were affected by a widespread electricity outage Sunday after the state utility PLN reported disruptions at several power plants.

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after powerful quake off Java

Menteng Dua - Indonesian authorities lifted a tsunami warning late Friday after a powerful earthquake earlier struck off the southern coast of heavily populated Java island.The 6.9 magnitude quake registered at a depth 52.

French drug smuggler's death sentence commuted in Indonesia

Mataram - A French drug smuggler's death sentence has been commuted by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put him in line for execution by firing squad.

French drug smuggler's death sentence commuted in Indonesia

Jakarta - A French drug smuggler's death sentence has been commuted by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put in him line for execution by firing squad.

Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong

Jakarta - Indonesia has returned seven shipping containers of illegally imported waste to France and Hong Kong, an official said Tuesday, marking the latest move by a Southeast Asian nation to send back rubbish to their wealthy places of origin.

Indonesia pardons woman sentenced to jail for exposing lewd boss

Jakarta - An Indonesian woman sentenced to six months in jail for exposing her lecherous boss won a parliamentary pardon Thursday after the case sparked an outcry over victim's rights.

Death toll climbs to five after quake in eastern Indonesia

Jakarta - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit a remote Indonesian island chain at the weekend has climbed to five, with thousands living in evacuation shelters, an official said Wednesday.The shallow 7.

Two die, thousands flee after 7.3 quake in Indonesia

Jakarta - At least two people have been found dead and thousands were forced from their homes after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia, an official said Monday.

Major 7.3 quake hits remote Malukus in eastern Indonesia

Dong - A major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Indonesia leader and runner-up seek post-election peace

Jakarta - The winner and runner-up in Indonesia's presidential election which sparked deadly riots in the capital called for reconciliation on Saturday, in their first meeting since the vote.

Indonesia president vows to fight EU palm oil rules

Jakarta - Indonesia's president promised Friday to fight the European Union over plans to restrict the use of palm oil in biofuels.Brussels wants to limit the materials that can be used in fuel that is counted towards its renewable energy targets.
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