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British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Hong Kong - A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women was Monday ruled fit to stand trial, but the case was delayed seven months for analysis of forensic evidence found with the victims' mutilated bodies in his Hong Kong apartment.

Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming

Kuala Lumpur - The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday.

Indonesian police criticised over virginity tests

Jakarta - Indonesia's national police were urged Tuesday to halt virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country with Human Rights Watch saying the practice was harmful and humiliating.

Tsunami alert sparks panic in Indonesia

- A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning and causing panicked people to flee their homes.

UK banker Jutting on double murder charge grins as leaves court

Hong Kong - A British banker charged with the grisly murder of two young women flashed a smile as he left a Hong Kong court Monday, after his case was adjourned for psychiatric evaluation.

Grisly Hong Kong murders spark banker backlash

Hong Kong - The murder of two young Indonesian women in Hong Kong allegedly by a British expatriate has sparked a backlash against wealthy Western bankers accused of treating the financial hub as their own personal playground.

Philippine sin city was magnet for Briton charged in Hong Kong

Angeles City - A wealthy British banker charged over grisly twin murders in Hong Kong was a regular in a shabby red-light district of the Philippines where he liked to flash his cash and was treated like a king.

Fear stalks Hong Kong sex workers after grisly murders

Hong Kong - Even on a weekday night, the bars of Hong Kong's Wanchai red-light district are teeming -- stern-looking "mama-sans" supervise young women in miniskirts enticing punters with calls of "Hey handsome" and "Let's party".

Family of Hong Kong murder victim calls for death penalty

Cilacap - The parents of a young Indonesian woman murdered in Hong Kong called Tuesday for her "sadistic" killer to be put to death, a day after a British banker appeared in court accused of killing her and a second woman.

Focus of world piracy shifts to Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - The strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a "worrying new rise" in piracy even as the number of attacks continues to tumble globally, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton on Bali

Denpasar - The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday.

Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against IS group

Jakarta - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited Indonesia, home to the world's biggest Muslim population, to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Indonesian president gets rock star welcome at inauguration

Jakarta - Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda...

Indonesia to inaugurate first president without ties to ex-dictator

Jakarta - Joko Widodo will cap a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum when he is sworn in as Indonesia's president Monday, but takes power amid doubts about his ability to enact much-needed reforms.

Asian cave paintings challenge Europe as cradle of art

Paris - The silhouette of a hand on a cave wall in Indonesia is 40,000 years old, showing that Europe was not the birthplace of art as long believed, researchers said on Wednesday.

French journalists held in Papua 'likely to face trial'

Jayapura - Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia's Papua while reporting on the separatist movement are likely to go on trial, their lawyer said Tuesday, with the pair facing up to five years in jail.

Indonesia, Australia sign deal to end spying row

Nusa Dua - Indonesia and Australia on Thursday signed an agreement aimed at drawing a line under a damaging espionage row and paving the way for the resumption of full cooperation on issues such as defence.

Indonesia calls off search for Spaniards in boat sinking

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities called off their search for two Spanish men Saturday, finding no sign of them one week after their tour boat sank in central Indonesia.

Indonesia court rejects election challenge

Jakarta - Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected ex-general Prabowo Subianto's challenge to the results of last month's presidential election, which he lost to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo.

Indonesia hunts Spaniards missing in tourist boat sinking

Bima - Indonesian rescuers Tuesday expanded their search for two Spanish men still missing after a tourist boat sank at the weekend, forcing survivors to swim hours to dry land and drink their own urine.

Survivors of Indonesia boat ordeal drank urine, swam to volcano island

Bima - Thirteen people lost at sea for two days when their tourist boat sank in Indonesia were rescued Monday after a horrific ordeal that had forced other survivors to swim to a volcanic island and drink their own urine.

Ten foreigners, five locals missing as Indonesia tour boat sinks

Bima - Ten foreign tourists and five Indonesians were missing Sunday after a boat sank as it travelled between islands in the east of the country, while 10 others have been rescued, search and rescue officials said.

Indonesia tests mental health of U.S. teen in Bali suitcase killing

Denpasar - Indonesian police were Thursday conducting mental health checks on an American teenager suspected of killing her mother and stuffing her battered body into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

American tourist's body found in suitcase on Bali

Denpasar - An American tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said Wednesday.

American tourist's body found in suitcase on Bali: Police

Denpasar - An American tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said Wednesday.

Indonesians hope to find son lost in tsunami after reunion with daughter

Banda Aceh - An Indonesian couple reunited with their daughter a decade after she was swept away by the 2004 tsunami said Friday they were now hopeful of finding their son, who also went missing in the disaster.

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

Kuala Lumpur - Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, as haze mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.

Bali to continue anti-rabies dog cull as gory video emerges

Denpasar - Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, an official confirmed Sunday.

Indonesia president-elect faces huge reform challenge

Jakarta - After his resounding victory in Indonesia's presidential race, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo now faces the daunting task of taking the world's third-biggest democracy forward as resistance to reform lingers.

Indonesia's Prabowo files challenge to election result

Jakarta - The ex-general who lost Indonesia's presidential election to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo mounted a legal challenge to the result Friday, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in vote counting.
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Yogyakarta Performing art. This event was held in Yogyakarta. At  14 october 2011. The participant c...
Yogyakarta Performing art. This event was held in Yogyakarta. At 14 october 2011. The participant come from Japan,Korea,United States and also Indonesia. This is two days event
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An Ogoh-ogoh effigy ready for the procession
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Sharia-inspired law requiring all Muslims to wear “Islamic attire.”
Sharia-inspired law requiring all Muslims to wear “Islamic attire.”
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A damaged bank office is seen in Indonesia s province of Banda Aceh April 12  2012.
A damaged bank office is seen in Indonesia's province of Banda Aceh April 12, 2012.
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Burial on Nias  a small island off the Sumatra coast.
Burial on Nias, a small island off the Sumatra coast.
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An adult male orangutan on the Tarantang River  Central Kalimantan.
An adult male orangutan on the Tarantang River, Central Kalimantan.
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Mosque; Aceh, Indonesia
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'Trophy' photograph taken by an Indonesian soldier after he and his comrades murdered Ninuor Kwalik and his 12 year old nephew Daugunme in 1998, West Papua. © Survival
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about my mind
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Indonesia after 2004 tsunami
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Air pollution over Southeast Asia in October 1997
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There'll be nobody working in the rice paddies on Nyepi Day
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French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde experimented with telecommuting from a remote Indonesian island.
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National Monument  also known as Monas  the icon of Jakarta
National Monument, also known as Monas, the icon of Jakarta
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Cangkuang Lake
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Oil palm fresh fruit bunches are still on the tree.
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Megan Young, 2013 Miss World winner
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Indonesia's Mount Tambora.
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French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde experimented with telecommuting from a remote Indonesian isla...
French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde experimented with telecommuting from a remote Indonesian island.
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This sunset photo on an island named Bangka country Indonesia
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