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UPDATE 4-Indonesia says coal on hold for Philippines after 7 sailors abducted

* Indonesia to keep moratorium on coal until Manila secures waters (Adds Philippines' leader Duterte comments to confront Abu Sayyaf)

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Indonesia president visits islands on warship, makes point to China 23 Jun 2016

JAKARTA Indonesia's president held a cabinet meeting aboard a warship off the Natuna Islands on Thursday, asserting sovereignty over waters in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated its "over-lapping claim" on nearby waters.

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Indonesia considers onshore financial center after tax amnesty 23 Jun 2016

JAKARTA Indonesia is considering forming a special region that will serve as an onshore financial center in which domestic firms can create shell companies without having to go to tax haven countries, its finance minister said late on Wednesday.

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Southeast Asia steelmakers bid to emerge from China's shadow 23 Jun 2016

HANOI/BANGKOK As a construction boom spurs steel demand across Southeast Asia, countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are challenging a flood of imports from China by retooling their steelmaking technology or imposing tariffs.

UPDATE 1-Indonesian president to assert sovereignty in islands visit 22 Jun 2016

JAKARTA, June 22 The Indonesian president will travel to the Natuna Islands for the first time on Thursday to assert Indonesia's sovereignty, a senior official said, after China said earlier this week it had an "overlapping claim" over nearby waters.

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Indonesia says has no overlapping South China Sea claims with China 22 Jun 2016

JAKARTA Indonesia's foreign minister on Wednesday rejected China's stance that the two Asian nations have overlapping claims in the South China Sea, where there has been a run of skirmishes between Indonesian navy ships and Chinese vessels.

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Indonesia, South Korea central bank websites hit by cyber attacks; no losses 21 Jun 2016

JAKARTA The central banks of Indonesia and South Korea have been hit by cyber attacks on their public websites since activist hacking group Anonymous pledged last month to target banks across the world, senior officials in the two countries told Reuters.

INTERVIEW-Indonesia, S.Korea c.bank websites hit by cyber attacks; no losses 21 Jun 2016

JAKARTA, June 21 The central banks of Indonesia and South Korea have been hit by cyber attacks on their public websites since activist hacking group Anonymous pledged last month to target banks across the world, senior officials in the two countries told Reuters.

Three southeast Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle 20 Jun 2016

MANILA Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines.

Three southeast Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle 20 Jun 2016

MANILA, June 20 Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines.

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Clinton regains double-digit lead over Trump - Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton regained a double-digit lead over Republican rival Donald Trump this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.