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Pompeo says China 'gravest threat' to religious freedom

Jakarta - China is the "gravest threat" to the future of religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, in his latest verbal assault on Beijing during a whirlwind Asian tour.

Indonesia defence minister invited to US after ban lifted

Jakarta - The United States has lifted a long-time ban on Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto over alleged human rights violations and invited him to Washington next week, his aides said Friday.

Protesters torch police posts as opposition mounts to new Indonesia law

Jakarta - Thousands of protesters set fire to barricades and police posts in the Indonesian capital Thursday as opposition mounted to a controversial new investment law critics say will harm labour rights and the environment.

Locks, chains: coronavirus puts Indonesia's mentally ill back in shackles

Indonesia - Locked up all day in a tiny, squalid hut with barely enough space to lie down, Rauf is a prisoner to his mental health issues and carers whose only way of coping is to shut him away.

Pandemic panners: Indonesians hunt for gold in desperate times

Timika - With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment.

Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

Tangerang - A Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from a jail near Indonesia's capital after digging a 30-metre (100 feet) tunnel from his cell, police said.

Jakarta re-imposes partial virus lockdown as new cases soar

Jakarta - Authorities in the Indonesian capital re-imposed a partial coronavirus lockdown Monday and vowed to strictly isolate anyone testing positive for Covid-19 as infections soared in the metropolis.

Terror at sea: Rohingya migrants tell of 200-day ordeal

Lhokseumawe - When hundreds of Rohingya refugees paid traffickers to escape their squalid camp in Bangladesh, they were promised a new life in Malaysia after just one week at sea.

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reach Indonesia 'after seven months at sea'

Lhokseumawe - Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reached Indonesia early Monday claiming to have been at sea for seven months, United Nations officials said, in one of the biggest landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years.

Indonesia stages coffin parade as reminder of virus threat

Jakarta - Officials in hazmat suits paraded empty coffins through the streets of Jakarta Tuesday to remind residents that coronavirus cases are still surging in one of Asia's worst-hit nations.

Virus despair forces girls across Asia into child marriage

New Delhi - Tens of thousands of girls across Asia are being forced into marriage by desperate families plunged into poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic, as campaigners warn years of progress tackling the practice is being undone.

Isolated US vetoes UN resolution over jihadists' fate

New York - The United States' diplomatic isolation grew Monday when it stood alone in the UN Security Council to veto a resolution on the fate of thousands of foreign jihadists being held in Syria and Iraq.

Digging up graves: an Indonesian community honours its dead

Wide - Families in a mountainous community on Indonesia's Sulawesi island dig up their mummified relatives every three years, clean them and dress them in their favourite clothes to honour their spirits.

Huge Indonesia mine resumes operations after lockdown protest

Timika - Operations have resumed at the world's biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.

Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020 over virus

Jakarta - Foreign tourists won't be allowed to visit Bali for the rest of 2020 due to coronavirus concerns, its governor said, scrapping a plan to open up the Indonesian island from next month.

6.9-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia: USGS

Jakarta - A 6.9-magnitude quake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday, the US Geological Survey reported, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

Indonesia starts human trials of China-made virus vaccine

Jakarta - Indonesia on Tuesday launched human trials of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine with some 1,600 volunteers slated to take part in the six-month study.

Indonesia's Mt. Sinabung blasts tower of smoke and ash into sky

Medan - Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, belching a massive column of ash and smoke 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) into the air and plunging local communities into darkness with a thick layer of debris.

Indonesia virus cases pass 100,000 under 'new normal' policy

Jakarta - Indonesia confirmed its 100,000th coronavirus case on Monday as the Red Cross warned that the health crisis in the world's fourth most populous country risked "spiralling out of control".

Indonesia makes more arrests in sailor's torture killing

Batam - Indonesian police have charged four more people in connection with the alleged torturing to death of an Indonesian crew member found in a freezer aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, authorities said Monday.

US husband of French teacher charged with her murder

Peyriac-de-mer - French prosecutors on Sunday said they had charged a US national with the murder of his French wife, who was found stabbed to death near their holiday home in the southwest.

Indonesian rescuers hunt for dozens missing after floods kill 36

Makassar - Rescuers pulled bodies from under mud and debris Friday as they raced to find dozens still missing after flash floods killed at least 36 people on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Australian woman freed from jail for Bali police killing

Denpasar - An Australian woman jailed with her British DJ boyfriend for beating a Bali policeman to death was freed Thursday after nearly four years in prison on the Indonesian holiday island.

Flash floods kill 15 in Indonesia, dozens missing

Makassar - At least 15 people were killed and dozens missing after flash floods left hundreds of houses buried in mud on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said Tuesday.

Indonesia 'dog doctor' rescues canines from pandemic peril

Jakarta - Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fair and unlovely: India confronts dark-skin bias

New Delhi - When Chandana Hiran was a child, strangers would urge her to lighten her skin. Today the Indian student is leading a campaign against whitening creams as global anti-racism protests highlight the obsession with fair complexions for many in Asia.

Bali eyes September re-opening for foreign tourists

Denpasar - Bali says foreign tourists will be allowed to return by September as the Indonesian holiday island scrambles to repair its crippled vacation sector -- even as coronavirus cases mount.

Pandemic-fuelled baby boom has many Indonesians worried

Jakarta - With her husband left jobless by the pandemic, the last thing Indonesian mother Juarsih needed was to get pregnant, but now she's expecting a third child -- one of many in the country anxiously preparing for a COVID-fuelled baby boom.

Death and despair: Rescued Rohingya describe high-seas terror

Lhokseumawe - A group of Rohingya say they were beaten by traffickers and drank their own urine to stay alive on a perilous four-month journey at sea until their dramatic rescue near the Indonesian coast.

Stranded Rohingya pulled to shore by sympathetic Indonesians

Lhokseumawe - Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore Thursday by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears.
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Dolphins are hauled out of their plastic performing pools and loaded into the back of trucks.
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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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A damaged bank office is seen in Indonesia's province of Banda Aceh April 12, 2012.
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Newly cleared farmland in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
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Indonesia's Mount Tambora.
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Jakarta, where the Q! Film Festival is being held
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An Indonesian court had in April 2007 cleared Playboy Indonesia s editor-in-chief of distributing in...
An Indonesian court had in April 2007 cleared Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief of distributing indecent pictures to the public and making money from them after a high-profile trial that exposed deep divisions in the Muslim-majority nation. The case was resurrected later, and Erwin Arnada was sentenced to two years in prison.
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Major volcanoes of Indonesia, with eruptions since 1900 AD. Lombok Island is labeled.
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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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Borneo orangutan, stranded on the last tree left in his rainforest home.
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An adult male orangutan on the Tarantang River, Central Kalimantan.
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Taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, AU
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The latest revelations come just weeks after a video emerged of Indonesian soldiers torturing two Papuan men. ©Survival
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The colorful disco crab in its natural habitat.
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Bali Bombing Memorial
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The project covers 7,000 square kilometres of land in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is on the traditional lands of the Nyangumarta people, who have been active participants in the project.
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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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