Indonesia's election: what you need to know

Indonesians voted in the world’s biggest single-day election across the sprawling equatorial archipelago on Wednesday following a six-month campaign to choose a new president and parliament. President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014. The […]

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Indonesia lifts tsunami warning triggered by strong Sulawesi island earthquake

Motorists are stuck in traffic as people rush to the higher ground following an earthquake in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on April 12, 2019. The magnitude of 6.8 quake rocked the region Friday and temporarily triggered a tsunami warning. (Photo: Stepensopyan Pontoh, AP) JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s geophysics agency said it has ended a tsunami warning that was triggered by a […]

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Badminton: Confident Jonatan Christie ready to take on the world, starting at this week's Singapore Open

SINGAPORE – Even as the badminton world raves about the resurgence of Lin Dan and the redemption of world No. 1 Kento Momota, Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie has achieved new milestones for himself in the past nine months with some impressive wins. The 21-year-old Christie has beaten four out of the world’s top five shuttlers – Momota, Shi Yuqi, Chou Tien-chen […]

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Indonesia declares state of emergency after oil spill ignites

Environmentalists are urging police to speed up their investigation and bring those responsible for the spill in the port city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, to justice. The Indonesian port city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, has declared a state of emergency after an oil spill spread along the coast, killing five fishermen when the oil […]

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Exclusive: Cockpit voice recorder of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots' frantic search for fix – sources

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) – The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said. The investigation into the crash, which killed all 189 people on board […]

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Flash floods kill at least 58 in Indonesia's Papua province

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday. A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were […]

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Senior Indonesian member of Islamic State killed in Syria-police

JAKARTA (Reuters) – An Indonesian militant who appeared on an Islamic State propaganda video showing the execution of a hostage and was said to be close to the militant group’s leader was killed in Syria last month, an Indonesian police spokesman and his brother said. Muhammad Saifuddin, who was known by various aliases, including Abu Walid, was killed by shrapnel […]

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Indonesia: Measles outbreak kills scores of children in Papua

At least 69 children dead in Indonesia’s Papua province with fears the death toll could go up amid lack of medical aid. Papua, Indonesia – At least 69 children have died due to malnutrition and a measles outbreak in Indonesia’s far eastern Papua province, but local church officials estimate the death toll could be much higher. The government has declared a […]

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