Indonesian woman who recorded boss's lewd call gets jail reprieve

Indonesia’s attorney general says he has suspended Baiq Nuril Maknun’s fine and six-month sentence. A woman, facing six months in prison in Indonesia for recording a lewd phone call by her boss as evidence she was being harassed, is expected to receive a presidential amnesty after an outcry over the sentence. Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo said on Friday he had suspended enforcement […]

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Indonesia tightens security ahead of election dispute verdict

Some 47,000 security forces deployed in Jakarta as court to rule on opposition challenge to President Widodo’s victory. Thousands of police were deployed in Jakarta on Thursday as Indonesia’s Constitutional Court prepared to rule on an opposition claim that the election that returned President Joko Widodo to power in April was fraudulent. Widodo won the presidential race in the world’s […]

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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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