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Indonesia's Joko Widodo re-elected president as rival cries foul

Jakarta - Heavily armed Indonesian troops were on high alert Tuesday amid fears of civil unrest in the capital Jakarta, as the surprise early announcement of official election results handed Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world's third-biggest democra...

Indonesia's Joko Widodo wins second term as president

Jakarta - Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the world's third-biggest democracy, the elections commission said early Tuesday, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general who has vowed to challenge any victory for the incumbent lea...

French drug smuggler sentenced to death in Indonesia

Mataram - Indonesia on Monday sentenced a French drug smuggler to death by firing squad, in a shock verdict after prosecutors had asked for a long prison term.

Indonesian court sentences French drug smuggler to death

Mataram - An Indonesian court sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling on Monday, in a shock verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term.

French fighter jets make emergency landing in Indonesia

Banda Aceh - Seven French navy fighter jets were forced to make an emergency landing in Indonesia's northernmost province due to bad weather, an air force official said Sunday.

Indonesia arrests dozens of terror suspects ahead of poll results

Jakarta - Indonesian police said Friday that they have arrested dozens of Islamic-State linked terror suspects, including some who planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations when election results are announced next week.

Indonesia's new capital to be decided this year: minister

Jakarta - Indonesia will decide the site of its new capital this year with the aim of it being ready by 2024, a minister said Wednesday.

Indonesian police hunt inmates after mass prison break

Jakarta - More than 100 inmates escaped from an Indonesian jail on Sumatra island on Saturday, police said, in the latest breakout to hit the country’s creaking prison system.

Families of Lion Air crash victims criticise Boeing over alert issue

Jakarta - Families of victims in the Indonesia Lion Air crash hit out at Boeing Monday over its admission that engineers had identified a safety system glitch well before the fatal accident, in the latest knock to the plane maker's reputation.

Indonesia to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

Pontianak - Indonesia began sinking dozens of impounded foreign boats Saturday to deter illegal fishing in its waters, a week after a naval vessel clashed with a Vietnamese coastguard near the South China Sea.

Indonesia eyes moving capital from congested Jakarta

Jakarta - Indonesia is considering a plan to move its capital away from sprawling megalopolis Jakarta, officials said Monday, but any jump to a new city could still be years away.

Indonesia demands 20 years for French drug smuggler

Mataram - Indonesian prosecutors Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a French man accused of drug trafficking, a crime punishable by execution under the country's tough smuggling laws.

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia

Denpasar - Plans are underway for a multi-story development at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, Indonesian authorities said Friday, a decision that has angered neighbouring Australia which lost dozens of citizens in the attacks.

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: report

Paris - Last year humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the fourth largest decline since global satellite data become available in 2001, researchers reported Thursday.

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: report

Paris - Last year humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the third largest decline since global satellite data become available in 2001, researchers reported Thursday.

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian woman has reportedly been cleared of murdering her Indonesian maid, who was allegedly tortured and forced to sleep outside with a dog, with activists Monday criticising the "shocking" decision.

Indonesia's 'smooth' polls a beacon in sea of strongmen: analysts

Jakarta - Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast -- and ethnically diverse -- island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon in a sea of authoritarian governments, analysts say.

Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities warned Thursday against unrest as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world's third-biggest democracy.

Indonesia lures voters with ghouls, superheros and tons of fun

Surabaya - Dressed like Count Dracula, Yasim Adnan doesn't look much like an election official, but neither do his staff who are decked out as mummies and spooky nuns with blood pouring from their eyes.

Indonesia's 'everyman' leader on track to beat firebrand ex-general

Jakarta - Indonesia's Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world's third-biggest democracy as unofficial results put him in a comfortable lead over firebrand ex-general Prabowo Subianto after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island ar...

Muslim majority Indonesia set to vote in its biggest-ever poll

Jakarta - Indonesia kicks off one of the world's biggest one-day elections Wednesday, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim majority nation.

Indonesia presidential race pits heavy metal against the general

Jakarta - Indonesia's heavy metal-loving leader Joko Widodo faces off against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto in the race to lead the world's third-biggest democracy Wednesday, a re-run of the 2014 election contest narrowly won by Widodo.

Halal ink: Muslim-majority Indonesia set for polls

Jakarta - Dipping their fingers in halal ink to prevent double voting, Indonesians cast their ballots Wednesday in a bitterly contested presidential election, with the main rival to incumbent Joko Widodo already threatening to challenge the result over voter-fra...

Indonesia polls bring battle over China's Belt and Road push

Jakarta - Indonesia has become the latest election battleground for Beijing's soaring economic clout, as the opposition warns pro-China policies are saddling the mineral-rich archipelago with bad debt as it is sold off piecemeal to foreign interests.

Indonesia probes vote-rigging claims in Malaysia ahead of polls

Jakarta - Indonesia is probing vote-rigging claims after the discovery of thousands of stray election ballots in neighbouring Malaysia, officials said, as the opposition threatens to challenge next week's poll results over separate voter list irregularities.

Music for the masses winning Indonesian voter's hearts

Tangerang - From Indonesia's hip-swivelling juggernaut dangdut to thumping rock bands and Islam-infused tunes, music could be the clincher for winning hearts -- and votes -- as the world's third-biggest democracy heads to the polls next week.

Indonesia 'money politics' greases election machine

Bogor - When Indonesian authorities arrested a politician with some 400,000 cash-filled envelopes, it was a stark reminder that a long-time election staple is alive and well in the corruption-riddled country -- vote buying.

Indonesia rejects appeal of woman jailed over mosque noise complaint

Jakarta - Indonesia's Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a woman sentenced to 18 months in jail under the country’s controversial blasphemy law for complaining about the volume of a mosque's call to prayer.

Hoax busters: Indonesia's front line in the war on fake news

Jakarta - A small army of "hoax busters" in Indonesia is trying to hold the line against a swarm of fake news that threatens to sway millions of voters as the world's third-biggest democracy heads to the polls.

Thousands of kids homeless six months after Indonesia quake-tsunami

Jakarta - Thousands of children are living in makeshift shelters six months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, aid agencies said Tuesday, as authorities wrestle with a "painfully slow" recovery.The magnitude 7.
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The Tengger massif in Java  Indonesia  at sunrise  showing the volcanoes Mt. Bromo (large crater  sm...
The Tengger massif in Java, Indonesia, at sunrise, showing the volcanoes Mt. Bromo (large crater, smoking) and Mt. Semeru (background, smoking). The early morning fog surrounds the peaks, covering a plain of finest volcanic ashes.
Thomas Hirsch
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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Pig-nosed turtles are being devastated in Indonesia because of illegal trafficking and deforestation...
Pig-nosed turtles are being devastated in Indonesia because of illegal trafficking and deforestation.
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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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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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Indonesia s Mount Tambora.
Indonesia's Mount Tambora.
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An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo  Indonesia.
An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia.
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Gelora Bung Karno Stadium  Jakarta  Indonesia.
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia.
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This sunset photo on an island named Bangka country Indonesia
This sunset photo on an island named Bangka country Indonesia
Putting the final touches to an Ogoh-ogoh effigy
Putting the final touches to an Ogoh-ogoh effigy
Jakarta  where the Q! Film Festival is being held
Jakarta, where the Q! Film Festival is being held
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Palu  Indonesia
Palu, Indonesia
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Map of cable from Australia to Indonesia.
Map of cable from Australia to Indonesia.
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File photo: Lion Air  a low-cost Indonesian airline  has been involved in a number of incidents in r...
File photo: Lion Air, a low-cost Indonesian airline, has been involved in a number of incidents in recent years.
ADEK BERRY, AFP
Indonesia after 2004 tsunami
Indonesia after 2004 tsunami
Patrick M. Bonafede - U.S. Navy
AIRLINE: An Airbus 320 jetliner taxis at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya  Indonesia  in 201...
AIRLINE: An Airbus 320 jetliner taxis at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2010.
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The Bornean orangutan is endemic to the island of Borneo where it is present in the two Malaysian st...
The Bornean orangutan is endemic to the island of Borneo where it is present in the two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as in three of the four Indonesian Provinces of Kalimantan.
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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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Sarawak: four Kayan natives collecting gutta percha from a tree trunk.
Sarawak: four Kayan natives collecting gutta percha from a tree trunk.
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