Aceh ‘gay’ men to be caned

A sharia court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province on Sumatra has sentenced two supposedly gay men to public caning, further undermining the archipelago's moderate...

Six journalists deported from Papua 

Six Japanese journalists trying to make a documentary have been deported by the Indonesian authorities from the province of Papua.  The team was working for...

Ahok jailed for blasphemy 

The defeated, ethnically Chinese, Christian governor of Jakarta has been jailed for two years for blaspheming the Koran, despite the prosecution requesting only a...

Widodo to disband Islamist group 

Indonesia’s security minister says an extremist Islamist group that seeks a global caliphate of Muslim nations under strict Shariah law and organised the giant...

200 Sumatra inmates still on run

Indonesia says about 200 prisoners remain at large two days after a mass jailbreak from an overcrowded prison on Sumatra. The escape occurred when prisoners...

Jakarta press event ignores Papua 

Indonesia is hosting World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta this week but has been criticised for failing to address media restrictions in Papua, where...

Widodo mulls capital move

Plans are under discussion to relocate the capital of Indonesia, as a drastic solution to reports that the sprawling megacity of Jakarta, which is...

HRW blasts Jakarta on media rights

Indonesia should adopt measures to ensure that members of the security forces who attack journalists are suspended and prosecuted, according to Human Rights Watch...

Freeport cuts output forecast 

Freeport-McMoran, the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, has cut its output forecasts following a stand-off when Indonesia stopped exports from its Grasberg mine...

Ahok weighed down by fake news

After the ethnically and religiously divisive Jakarta election this week, fake news or hoaxes appeared as a potent force during the unseemly campaign. The vote...

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