As Indonesian fires rage, government turns a blind eye to pulp and paper industries

The government in Jakarta may not exactly be fiddling while Indonesia burns, but a recent report released indicated that it’s certainly not doing enough...

Indonesia prepares repatriation of trapped citizens in Hubei

The Indonesian government is set to repatriate its citizens trapped in China after it sought the evacuation approval of the virus-hit country. Foreign Minister Retno...

Indonesia axes deal with WWF

Indonesia has cut ties with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) amid claims the organisation overstepped its role and unfairly criticised efforts to control last...

Southeast Asian countries rescue constituents in Wuhan

Southeast Asian (SEA) countries are now in touch with their constituents who were trapped in Wuhan, China amid the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak...

ASEAN-5 growth forecast trimmed as exports slow

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed its growth forecast for five members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members amid their continued...

Indonesia recruits fishermen in South China Sea dispute

Indonesia says it will mobilise fishing crews in the South China Sea to help expel Chinese vessels from Indonesian waters.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced:...

Widodo visits Natuna Islands in South China Sea dispute 

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed the archipelago’s sovereignty over a group of remote atolls in the South China Sea that are within Beijing’s...

Indonesia to curb coal output to protect price

Indonesia has ordered coal mines to cut their output not out of environmental concern but because record exports last year reduced prices. The authorities in...

Indonesian minister calls for probe into 1965 killings

Indonesia says it is looking to establish a "truth and reconciliation" commission to address human rights violations, including the anti-communist massacres of 1965-66.  A commission...

Indonesia activists demand climate action 

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Indonesia is demanding the government in Jakarta steps up action to tackle the climate crisis.  The grassroots movement, established in July 2019,...

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