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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.

Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report

Hong Kong - Indonesian maids working in Hong Kong are being radicalised by extremists from the Islamic State group, a security think-tank said in a report Wednesday.

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.

UN adds Syrian armed groups to sanctions blacklist

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday added two armed groups in Syria, two money exchange businesses and four individuals to a sanctions blacklist for their alleged ties to the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda.

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.

Afghan charged over smuggling asylum-seekers to Australia

Sydney - An Afghan man who reportedly made millions of dollars smuggling asylum-seekers to Australia by boat has been extradited from Indonesia and charged with 10 offences, Australian police said Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesians decry IS 'lies' after fleeing Syria's Raqa

Ak - When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for the faithful.

Indonesians decry IS 'lies' after fleeing Syria's Raqa

Ak - When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for the faithful.

Indonesians decry IS 'lies' after fleeing Syria's Raqa

Ak - When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for the faithful.

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.

Indonesia's 'militant moderates' fight religious intolerance

Jakarta - Clad in camouflage and armed only with their convictions, the paramilitary wing of Indonesia's biggest Muslim organisation is on a campaign -- to crush intolerance and defend the nation's inclusive brand of Islam.

Indonesian 'rainbow village' is internet sensation

Semarang - An Indonesian hamlet dubbed "the rainbow village" after being given a makeover in a kaleidoscope of colours is attracting hordes of visitors and has become an internet sensation.

Indonesian Islamist leader named suspect in porn case

Jakarta - A Indonesian Islamist leader who helped organise mass protests against Jakarta's Christian governor has been named a suspect in a pornography case, police said Tuesday, as authorities seek to rein in hardliners.
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Butcher in Bali preparing dog meat. (2013)
Butcher in Bali preparing dog meat. (2013)
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An Ogoh-ogoh effigy in Ubud, Bali
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Borneo orangutan, stranded on the last tree left in his rainforest home.
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BRIEFING: National Transportation Safety Commission chair Tatang Kurniadi (left) briefs journalists ...
BRIEFING: National Transportation Safety Commission chair Tatang Kurniadi (left) briefs journalists about AirAsia Flight 8501 on Thursday at a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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This sunset photo on an island named Bangka country Indonesia
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School children walk through thick smoke on way to school in Indonesia.
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Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Two police  security guard found dead at US-run mine in Indonesian province of Papua.
Two police, security guard found dead at US-run mine in Indonesian province of Papua.
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Dolphins are hauled out of their plastic performing pools and loaded into the back of trucks.
Dolphins are hauled out of their plastic performing pools and loaded into the back of trucks.
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The undersea quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) southwest of Sumatra at about 6:50...
The undersea quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) southwest of Sumatra at about 6:50 pm (1250 GMT), several hundred kilometres from the city of Padang, the USGS said
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Bali Bombing Memorial
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Dolphins are loaded into the back of trucks and placed in very small tanks with little water  said J...
Dolphins are loaded into the back of trucks and placed in very small tanks with little water, said JAAN, then transported from village to village to perform. Many do not survive.
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POSSIBLE TRAGEDY: A Trigana Air Service ATR 42 waits on the tarmac at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. A similar plane is believed to have crashed Sunday on a Trigana flight from Jayapura to Oksibil.
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Disturbing and graphic footage of two tribal Papuan men being tortured, allegedly by Indonesian soldiers, has led to widespread demands for an independent inquiry.
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Animal Defenders Indonesia - Global March Say No To Dog Meat 5 April 2015.
Animal Defenders Indonesia - Global March Say No To Dog Meat 5 April 2015.
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Newly cleared farmland in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
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FREEDOM: A group of West Papua residents demonstrate for independence from Indonesia at The Hague in...
FREEDOM: A group of West Papua residents demonstrate for independence from Indonesia at The Hague in the Netherlands in 2009.
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Palu, Indonesia
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Burial on Nias  a small island off the Sumatra coast.
Burial on Nias, a small island off the Sumatra coast.
President Barack Obama and Indonesia s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono participate in the arrival...
President Barack Obama and Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono participate in the arrival ceremony at the State Palace Complex - Istana Merdeka in Jakarta, Indonesia,
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